Why Do Some People Always Feel Cold?

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Do you know someone who is always cold? They are cold even when the temperature is 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit). Do they wear four or five layers of clothing during winter? Is their home always hot and stuffy as all windows and doors are kept closed? Do they complain if you open a door or window; saying the breeze is cold? Are they always dressed in long sleeve clothing, socks and scarf, even indoor during the summer? Do they rarely put the air condition on during summer? Do they sweat profusely when they are anxious or rushed? Well, I know someone like that; it's my mother.

My mother is a humble warrior. She was born in 1945, and she is choosing to retire this year from a profession that she has done for almost forty years. That does not however mean that she is slowing down, much to the contrary. She is starting another chapter in her life; continuing to pursue her passion. My mother, a soft-spoken, reserved, kind, compassionate and dedicated christian.  She went back to college at the age of 50 to obtain a Masters degree in Theology and Christian Counselling. She has always been a busy woman who raised six children mostly on her own, while joggling a teaching career and pursuing her goal of life-long learning. Currently, she is one of the pastors at her church, to which she is extremely dedicated and will be taking on more leadership once she retires. She also volunteers with several retirement homes; visiting residents reading, praying and conversing with them on a weekly basis. She is in relatively good health; complaining only of the occasional bronchitis, dizzy spell and fatigue. In her twenties, my mother was very overweight. After a divorce in her thirties, she had a nervous breakdown, but quickly rebounded and went to teachers' college to finish her training in primary education. She lost almost seventy pounds by walking most days to and from work about four miles each way. Over the last thirty years, she has managed to maintain a healthy weight and is in fairly good health.

One of the main area of challenge for my mother and I over the last two years is regarding her constantly feeling cold. I have informed her in no uncertain terms that there is something wrong with her internal barometer/thermostat. Sometimes I feel like I have even tried to poke fun (especially when she's wearing a spring jacket in the summer) at my mother to get her to do something about her her health condition. I've asked her on numerous occasions to speak with her doctor about the situation; she does not see it as a problem. She has dismissed my concerns, even though recently she decided to humor me and ask her doctor about the condition. In the meanwhile I'm on a quest to find out if something could indeed be wrong.

My first stop is at MSN Health & Fitness website, to find the answer to question of always feeling cold. Howard Lewine, MD of Harvard Health Publications highlights some of the more common reasons why someone would feel colder than normal. He suggests low body weight, poor diets, fatigue, an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism), low red blood cell count (anemia) and Raynaud's phenomenon. Even though my mom has lost about twenty pounds last summer, I think that she's at an healthy body weight of 165 lbs and height of 5 feet and 6 inches. She eats fairly healthy and always takes a multivitamin, calcium with vitamin D and Vitamin B-12. She eats lots of green leafy vegetables, but does not eat enough steak, at least in my opinion. What concerns me however is that she often complains of being tired. She travels for about two hours each way to work four days per week and on Sunday she spends the whole day ministering at her church and then at a nursing home. I have often told her to cut back on doing so much and relax more, but she is highly driven and chooses to stay busy.

Hypothyroidism I suspected that the coldness that my mother is experiencing, even during summer could be caused form hypothyroidism or anaemia. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland becomes under active and does not produce enough thyroid hormones. The metabolic rate falls and normal bodily functions slow down.

According to bodyandhealth.canada.com, people with hypothyroidism often experience:

  • coarse and dry hair
  • cold intolerance
  • confusion or forgetfulness (often mistaken for dementia in seniors)
  • constipation
  • depression
  • dry, scaly skin
  • fatigue, or feeling sluggish
  • hair loss
  • increased menstrual flow (women)
  • irritability
  • muscle cramps
  • slower heart rate
  • weakness
  • weight gain

Treatment for hypothyroidism: thyroid-guide.org states that consuming seafood, organic vegetables and shellfish is a good idea as they are rich in iodine and can naturally help overcome the deficiency of iodine in the body. An increased intake in iodine helps cure hypothyroidism as the thyroid gland’s basic function is the production of iodine in the body which in turn regulates the hormone production process. They also suggest vitamin A, B, C and E are helpful in curbing the ill-effects of this disease and taking plenty of vitamin D in the form of exposure to sunlight and in the form of supplementary during winter.

Anaemia: According to ehealthmd.com, anaemia is a condition that results from below-normal levels of hemoglobin in the red blood cells. Hemoglobin is the iron-containing pigment of the red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. When you're anaemic, your body either produces too few healthy red blood cells, or destroys them faster than they can be replaced or loses too many of them. If your diet lacks certain vitamins and minerals, the production of hemoglobin can slow down.

The website, ehealthmd.com suggests the following syptoms of a person with anaemia as a diagnosis:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Breathlessness
  • Heart palpitations (rapid or irregular beating)
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating

Common signs include:

  • Pale complexion
  • The normally red lining of the mouth and eyelids fades in color
  • Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Abnormal menstruation (either absence of periods or increased bleeding)

How to treat anaemia? According to healthmad.com fruits such as iron-rich apples and tomatoes are great to eat when treating anaemia. You can either eat apples or tomatoes or drink 100% pure apple and tomato juice to treat anaemia. Also fruits that effectively treat anaemia are plums, bananas, lemons, grapes, raisins, oranges, figs, carrots and raisins when eaten in large quantities. They also suggest that vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, beet, broccoli, fenugreek, celery and kale are iron-rich, energy-filled vegetables that treat anemia effectively. These vegetables are rich in iron as well Vitamin B-12 and folic acid, energy-boosting nutrients that the body needs to heal from anemia. Beetroot juice is an iron-rich vegetable juice that those suffering from anaemia can drink as a tonic against fatigue and lethargy. They also suggest legumes such as almonds, whole grain cereals, dry dates, peanuts and walnuts are great foods to help the body heal.

The symptoms of anaemia are similar to hypothyroidism and menopause. My mother has been menopausal for over fifteen years. About a month ago, I suggested that she got some blood work done for thyroid and anaemia. Fortunately, the result showed that she does not have hypothyroidism or anaemia. Could she be suffering from the effects of menopause? Could the treatment for anaemia be useful to her condition?

While the verdict is still out on my mother's condition; (she still complains of being cold), she is taking steps to take care of herself by consuming healthy foods. As for the matter of slowing down and taking time for herself, that will happen soon enough, at least I have seen some indications of that. My mother is finally cutting back on some of the activities; she is trying to find some balance and is starting to take time for herself. If anything positive has come from our more recent interactions, it is that my mother is becoming more aware of the need to take care of herself. At the time of writing this post, she told me that she was cold and will turn off the air condition; it was about 29 degrees celsius. Some things never change.

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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

This was fascinating. My daughter feels cold when no-one else does. Not as bad as you r mum but this was very helpful. Thank you.


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DynamicS 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hi Dim Flaxenwick, thanks for your visit and your comment. I hope that your daughter doesn't get as bad as mom is. I heard recently that moderate levels of exercise can increase the heart rate and the circulation of blood through the body and generate heat. The thing is that I'm not sure what the frequency of the exercise and how long the effect last.

Anyway, the doctors has given mom a good bill of health, so I guess the symptom is worst than the condition.

Thanks for your visit.


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John Parks 5 years ago from Gig Harbor, Washington

My Mother in Law is always cold, but she is in her 80's and otherwise active in her garden and still mentally sharp. She has a very petite and small frame and I think sometimes people that are very thin or small in stature have a hard time retaining heat.


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DynamicS 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hi John, thanks for your visit and comment. I appreciate the information about your mother. My mom is not petite but this is the slimmest that she's ever been. That could be contributing to her being cold. Your insight is appreciated.


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LynnzeeB 5 years ago

Hi,

OOhhh... I had to do a double take for thinking one of MY children wrote this about me! Some stats were wrong but some are very close.

I have been ill for over a year now. Thyroid is the problem. I would have 2 pairs socks, p.j. bottoms, slacks, 2 or 3 shirts, a heavy sweater and a jacket and a blanket ..oh and my winter hat on and still be just about froze. Thermostat set at 73 degres. Everytime I ate I had a 3 to 4 hour nap. I also would blank out at the store , like I was not "there." I walked out in front of a car one day that I was "not there."

I am now on meds and we (doctor and I ) are trying to get the correct dosage. It does take time!

Oh yea, my hair is a lot thinner now. That is very discouraging for it is fine and thin to start with. It was very dry and brittle but now it comes out at the roots.

On top of all this I am alergic to wheat and glueton.

I say getting older is not much fun.

I will be 58 (ugh)oh well...just a number in TIME that our Lord has given us. I am really ageless.:) In eternity there is no time.:)

I also am a cancer survivor. It attacked my lymp nodes. In that time is where I met Jesus! I had been looking for Him all my life I think. Always in the wrong places. Now he is mine and I am His! :)

"Lord, my God....I lift this person and also the mother to You Throne of Grace. You alone can heal this woman! You are the Master of Healing. I pray that is Your will for her. Regardless of my desire Lord, I pray Your perfect will be done in ths family. You know the plans you have for them. In the name of Your Beloved Son...Jesus, I pray.....Amen"

May the Lord Bless you beyond measure!!!


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DynamicS 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hi LynzeeB, thank you so much for your visit, your comments and your prayer. I really appreciate your kindness. I am glad to hear that you are working with your doctor to find solutions to the cold issue. I'm also happy that you have survived cancer.

You are a witness of God's greatness and His power to heal. Sometimes God has to use serious situation, such as the big c to get our attention. I'm so excited that you listened.

My mother is still cold and like you she wraps herself in many layers of clothing to keep warm.

Thanks again for the prayeer. I'll definitely pass it on to her.

God bless.


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funmontrealgirl 5 years ago from Montreal

This hub is highly appreciated since I can relate to it. Keep it up.


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DynamicS 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

funmontrealgirl, thanks for your visit and your comment. I didn't realize that so many people actually have this condition of being cold all the time.

Anyway, as its said "cold hands, feet etc; warm heart"

Take care.


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funmontrealgirl 5 years ago from Montreal

Yes, I have heard the cold hands, warm heart. :) In Montreal, it's not hard to always be cold, but I find that I get cold easily inside. I have heard all sorts of theories from the fact that I drink a lot of iced tea (high in caffein - and also cold) to my fast metabolism. I don't know. :)


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DynamicS 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

funmontrealgirl, thanks again for your visit. I love Montreal; its a beautiful city with much character. I love old Montreal.

Being cold in Canada is the norm for most of this country. If you're drinking a lot of ice tea, then yes I would argee that you would be cold. The metabolism question, I'm not too sure of. I'd think that you'd be hot if that were the case - but I could be wrong. In any case, you know how to keep warm.

Our extremities, such as head, hands and feet if they are warm, then more likey the rest of our bodies will be warm.

Take care and all the best.


Phani 4 years ago

You need a heater or approach a caring person who cares for you.


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DynamicS 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Phani, thanks ofr your suggestion. You're right a prtable heater or another warm body might help.


Katie,Vancouver 4 years ago

Hello everyone,I would like to share a little tip with everyone who struggles feeling cold.My whole life I've always felt cold no matter how much I eat or how many layers of clothes I wear.What finnaly cured it was 2 small spoons of almond oil digested with either tea to cure the after taste or milk.Here is a little more, good luck ladies and please don't give up. Katie

http://umananda-knowledge.blogspot.ca/2010/02/bene...


Dentist Ukraine 4 years ago

I can't deal with this onerous problem, but I will try some tips I find in the article and posts. I will make an observation on and share it.


Dentist Ukraine 4 years ago

I can't deal with this onerous problem, but I will try some tips I find in the article and posts. I will make an observation on and share it.

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DynamicS 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Katie, thanks for your visit and for your suggestion. I'll be sure to pass that onto my mother so she can try the almond oil and see if it works for her.

Have a blessed day.


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DynamicS 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Dentist Ukraine, thanks for your visit and comment. It would be great to hear what you've uncovered.


Xolile 4 years ago

hey just i think know the answer to my always feel cold even if it 30 degrees...i am 22 year old and dont eat daily product i tell you there is no day that i say i am warm and this has been happening over a year now...


DHIRENDER GUPTA 3 years ago

I feel cold in every Season, i am medicine of Thyriod, my T.S.H , T-3, T-4 are normal, my weight is normal, i am also taking Medicine of Calcium & vitamin D. But i am no relief in cold


Muhammad 20 months ago

You can see the ingredients on their wbteise at ElatusThyroid.com. it's basically got lots of vitamins and different herbs. I've been using it for about a week and I definitely feel better already!

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