Common Reasons You’re Cold All Of The Time
You have two sweaters in your car (and one in your bag) at all times. You have a love-hate relationship with the air-conditioning, which your co-workers feel is necessary to have at full blast. You’ve been known to shiver in July.
If this sounds like you, you’re one of the millions of women who feel cold more often than not.
But being cold all of the time can be about more than preferring things at room temperature. Sometimes your cold nature is real problem. However, it’s a fixable problem. So if you’re tired of silently hoping that one of your co-workers turns the air off, check out one of these reasons you might be cold all of the time (and how to go about fixing it).
You Need Exercise
Some people need to get their blood pumping (just 20 minutes a day, three days a week should do it) to keep as warm as everyone else in the room.
You’re Too Slim
If you’re very thin or under the recommended weight for your height, you might not have enough body fat to keep you warm. Check with your doctor to see if you’re at a healthy weight. Gaining just a pound or two could go a long way to warming you up.
You’re on a Diet
If you suddenly find yourself freezing, a new diet could be the cause. When you don’t eat enough, your metabolism doesn’t have the energy it needs to keep you warm.
Try adding a hundred or so calories to your diet a day until your body temperature gets back to normal.
You’re Not Getting Enough Iron
Constant chilliness (oh, and a habit of munching on ice) could be a sign that you’re low on iron. Try eating foods high in iron or taking a supplement. You could get your levels back up and warm up soon enough.
You’re Not Getting Good Sleep
If you get to bed on time, but keep tossing and turning and waking up, you’re not getting the deep sleep you need. That can leave your body tired and chilly after a while. For better sleep, try drinking warm milk, tea that helps you sleep, or even taking some melatonin before bed.
You Need B Vitamins
B vitamins help you absorb nutrients from your food. When you don’t get enough of them, your body can feel tired and cold even though you’ve eaten a full meal. A supplement a day can help you get the nutrition you need to feel warm again.
You Need to Drink More Water
When you’re not drinking enough, your blood pressure can be lower than usual, making you chilly. Try to make it a point to drink eight glasses a day and that may be enough to turn your problem around — or at least a start.
You Have an Underactive Thyroid
If you put on weight easily, feel thirsty all of the time and colder than most, you might have a slow thyroid. Ask your doctor to run a few tests.
You’re Not Eating Enough Protein
You need around five servings of protein — meat, dairy, beans, tofu or nuts — a day to get the energy you need to keep warm.
You Have Naturally Bad Circulation
If your hands and feet always feel like ice, bad circulation might be your problem. Try one of these natural solutions to help make it better.
You’re a Woman
If you’re always fighting with your significant other over the thermostat, it might be time to grab a sweater. Women are usually colder than men because our body temperatures are a few degrees colder.
You May Be Prone to Diabetes
Sometimes feeling cold all of the time is one of the symptoms of diabetic nephropathy. If Type II runs in your family and you haven’t had a recent checkup, it may be time to make an appointment with the doc.
You Need a Little More Muscle
Muscle is what keeps your metabolism burning to create body heat. Spend a few minutes on body sculpting with weights a few times a week to get the tone you need to warm up.