Do you ever feel a little bit chilly even though people around you are saying that it’s warm? Although it’s normal to feel cold since the rainy season has just arrived, experiencing an unusual icy sensation, especially in the hands and feet, could be a sign of a more serious health problem. Here are five probable causes that you should look into.
You’re not getting enough iron.
Iron is an essential mineral that is needed to deliver oxygen to your cells for energy, and having low levels of iron could be the reason you’re feeling chilly all the time. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! says, "If you’re not making enough energy because of low iron, your thermostat may get stuck and can’t be turned up high enough, so you feel cold." To boost your iron levels, try eating iron-rich foods such as liver and oysters or take over-the-counter iron supplements.
You have poor circulation.
You may have a circulation problem when your whole body feels comfortable, but your hands and feet feel icy. According to Healthline, people who experience chronic cold hands and feet may have a condition called Raynaud’s disease, which causes the small arteries in your hands and toes to narrow, preventing proper blood flow.
Maggie Moon, RD, a Los Angeles–based nutritionist says, "If you’re adequately hydrated, water will trap heat and release it slowly, keeping your body temperature in a comfortable zone. With less water, your body is more sensitive to extreme temperatures."
You have hyperthyroidism.
Your thyroid gland is also factor when it comes to tolerating the chilly weather. "Always being cold is a tell-tale sign of hypothyroidism, which means your thyroid doesn’t secrete enough thyroid hormone," says Holly Phillips, MD, medical contributor for CBS2 News and author of The Exhaustion Breakthrough. She also adds that without the right level of this hormone, your metabolism slows, preventing your body’s engine from producing adequate heat.
You lack sleep.
There's just no substitute for a good night's sleep. Aside from keeping you from becoming "sick, fat, and stupid," it's also instrumental in helping you maintain your body temperature. "Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your nervous system, throwing off regulatory mechanisms in the brain that affect body temperature," says Dr. Phillips. Want to catch up on sleep? Make sure you de-stress before bedtime.