Why your hands and feet get cold
Don’t worry if you’re always rubbing your hands together for warmth or noticing that your feet are colder than the rest of your body. “The reason our hands and feet get cold in the winter is because our body prioritizes keeping our vital organs like our heart and lungs warm,” which leads to a reduction of blood flow to the extremities, says Alyssa Tucci, RDN, nutrition manager at Virtual Health Partners in New York City.
Eat heart-healthy foods
One way to warm up those extremities is to boost circulation, and eating for heart health—that holds the key. “Try to incorporate heart-healthy foods like fatty fish, nuts, olive oil, and fruits and veggies into your diet,” Tucci suggests. These foods work wonders for your circulation, which is essential for adequate blood flow and temperature regulation. Circulation-boosting foods include salmon, bananas, dark chocolate, and Brussels sprouts. Check out this full list of circulation-enhancing foods. Keep in mind, you’ll get ample portions of all those delicious foods as part of the Mediterranean diet.