27th August 2011
Whether you like it or not (and I like it), soon Autumn/winter will be on it’s lovli way: )
But there’s one thing I have a serious issue with during these months and most months to be honest and that’s freezing cold feet (and hands). So this year before the chilblains kick in i’ve started accumulating some wonderful handmade crocheted and knitted items to help me along the way.
Over the years my socks have become serious entertainment in my yoga classes, I’m always adorned in some cosy woolie item, just seems to be part of me. I think maybe I should just move to Southern India for some heat *dream* Ahhh!! one day.
See the WARMERS I have 3 pairs in various rainbow shades!!*more please*
Ok let’s get serious, heres some tips on warming those feet, oh and by the way did you know that us ladies have thinner skin than men so our feet get colder quicker!!! True, guess that’s kinda common sense.
Advice for cold tootsies
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHOES
The circulatory system is the body’s own unique central heating system and the blood pumped around your body provides a kind of heat maintenance. So, if you wear tight shoes, this can cut off
the circulation to your feet, leaving them feeling cold.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
Vitamin K is important; it helps to strengthen the cardiac muscles in your heart as well as the blood capillaries. It also improves circulation around your body, including your feet, therefore keeping them warmer. Ginger, fish, parsley, salad, spring onions, apricots and celery are all good sources of Vitamin K.
Regular exercise — whether it be a brisk walk, cycle or run — helps keep the heart healthy and strong, and so more efficient at pumping blood around the body.
USE A FOOT SPA
If you have very cold feet, it’s important not to warm them up too quickly, such as with a hot-water bottle or against a radiator — in the worst case scenario, you could end up with chilblains. The most effective way is bathing your feet in warm water or using a foot spa. This will warm up your feet slowly and naturally, and also keep them hydrated from the outside, improving circulation.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
When you are dehydrated your hands and feet get colder, too, as dry skin fails to maintain a good moisture balance and so does not retain heat.
WEAR NATURAL SOCKS
Cheap, synthetic, man-made fibres are so closely woven together that there are no air pockets in which to retain your natural body heat. Natural wool and cotton socks have more textured fibres and are less tightly bound, so they hold more warm air around the feet.
Lanolin, (available in cream form from Boots and Superdrug) helps to retain moisture in the skin, helping to improve blood flow and, therefore, retain heat.
Socks By Sassi Sock