The month of October marks the beginning of Raynaud’s Awareness across the United States. Raynaud’s is suffered by many and causes parts of your body – most commonly the fingers and toes – to feel numb in response to cold temperatures and/or stress. According to the Raynaud’s Association, approximately 5-10% of the American population suffers from the disease and many of the sufferers, four out of five, are women.
Raynaud’s can be difficult to live with. Heat Holders® has received many positive reviews from people suffering from Raynaud's. As the weather is getting colder, many Raynaud’s sufferers will be struggling to keep warm and be comfortable. There are several ways for sufferers to keep warm to avoid a cold attack:
1. Wear warm clothing: Always dress in warm clothing, even when you’re in the house. Warm clothing will help trap warm air close to the skin and help avoid any flare ups. Heat Holders® thermal socks will keep your toes toasty and you can even wear them to bed to keep the warmth with you all night!
As well, Heat Holders® thermal base layers would make a perfect addition to your wardrobe for the colder months. Layer them up and wear them underneath your regular clothing to keep your body temperature warm to avoid any flare ups.
2. Exercise regularly: Exercising is not only a great way to stay healthy and active, it also helps improve circulation, hence keeping your body warm. Sitting for long periods restricts blood flow around the body. Make it a priority to get up every 10 mins to move around to get the blood flowing. You may want to perform some light exercises as well to help with circulation to avoid an attack!
Even when you’re out in the cold, avoid standing and sitting around. Keep moving constantly by making big arm circles, rolling your shoulders forward and clapping you hands together to keep the blood flowing throughout the body.
3. Manage stress: Stress triggers many health problems throughout our body. Likewise, for Raynaud’s sufferers, it causes spasms, making it difficult to function. Learning relaxation techniques is a great way to combat stress and control the affects it has on our bodies, especially if you suffer from Raynaud’s. Consider trying a few techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises, aromatherapy, etc. to help bring calmness.
Yoga is a great way to manage stress with its combination of rhythmic breathing and flowing movements, allowing you to shift your focus to de-stress mentally and physically. It’s an easy way to calm your mind and, as a bonus, increase your flexibility and balance.
4. Regular diet and hydration: To maintain a regular body temperature, make sure to eat plenty and stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause cold hands and feet, as can not eating regularly. Having a regular eating schedule will keep your body insulated with warmth! Make sure to eat plenty of warm foods and smaller meals throughout the day to keep yourself energized and your heat levels intact to brave the cold.
5. Kitchen handling: When in the kitchen, it can become tricky to protect your hands when handling food preparation. When handling cold meats and products, consider wearing thin gloves underneath disposable gloves to protect the hands from coming near the coldness.
As well, if you feel your Raynaud’s is starting to act up in the kitchen, run your hands under warm water to provide some relief. Make sure to check the temperature of the water before running your hands through them so you don’t burn yourself!
For more information on Raynaud’s, please visit the Raynaud’s Association.