7 Reasons Why You Are Always Feeling Cold

It is normal to feel absolutely freezing in your office whenever the air conditioner is on full blast. However, if you find yourself constantly shivering and unable to heat up your feet and hands even after entering a warm environment, you may have cold intolerance.

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Why Do You Feel Cold Even in Summers

Cold intolerance is an unusual sensitivity to cooler conditions and is more drastic than the regular feeling of coldness you feel when out in the cold. It is associated with certain deficiencies and underlying conditions. Many of these conditions are unnoticeable and not too serious usually, but they may indicate a serious problem if left unaddressed over a long time.

Useful Resource: Here is a useful link to see the Dietary Recommendations for Americans Issued by dietaryguidelines.gov to review how an ideal diet should be according to every age group.

What Causes Feeling Cold For No Reason (apparently)

Do you get shivers when no one else does?

Here are some conditions that could explain your chill.

1. Anemia

Anemia is one ailment that is frequently associated with feeling chilly. Anemia occurs when your body’s system cannot produce enough normal red blood cells to transport oxygen. There are several varieties of anemia, but the end effect is the same: a decrease in red blood cells. That dip also implies your body isn’t getting enough oxygen, which causes the cold sensation. Anemia can also cause the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Restless leg syndrome.[1]

There are several functional medicine approaches to manage anaemia, including iron supplements and dietary adjustments.

2. Poor blood circulation

Poor blood flow is another possible explanation for your cold mood, whether it’s due to diminished circulation or anything impeding your circulation. People with poor circulation to their extremities will surely feel chilly, especially in both hands and feet. While there are several reasons your circulation could be poor, there are a few to watch for. One type of obstruction is acute, such as blood clots. If you have a critical blockage in the arteries of your leg or thigh, your legs may feel chilly, which is concerning.

Plaque accumulation in your arteries, known as peripheral arterial disease, might be another reason. This accumulation can become so severe that it restricts blood flow and oxygen supply to your body, causing you to feel chilly.

Raynaud’s phenomenon, a disorder for which blood vessels, especially in your toes and fingers, constrict, resulting in decreased blood flow, is another possible explanation. [2] The syndrome is induced by mental stress or cold exposure.

3. Dehydration

Water accounts for 60% of our body weight. Water absorbs heat and slowly releases it, which helps keep one’s body warm. When dehydrated, your body cannot regulate heat effectively, leaving you chilly. Because water contributes to metabolism, a slower metabolic rate implies you’ll run cold.

4. Poor Sleep

Sleep deprivation might contribute to the deregulation of body temperature. It may incur feeling cold or feeling warmer. It’s unknown why, although it might be connected to diminished activity of the hypothalamus as well as other endocrine glands, which results in lower metabolism. [3] One of the reasons is also that sleep deprivation affects the body’s immune system. This also causes the stress hormones to inhibit the T cells in our body, causing problems such as flu, virus infections etc.

5. Hypothyroidism

The thyroid hormone performs several vital bodily activities, including metabolic control. If a person’s thyroid hormone rate is reduced, their metabolism will stall, producing less heat and making them feel cooler. This feeling of coldness persists even in summer. Such people also experience cold hands and feet all the time.

6. Being Diabetic

Diabetic nephropathy is the term used to describe kidney disease caused by diabetes. Feeling chilly all the time is one of the symptoms of diabetic nephropathy. Other diabetic nephropathy symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Itchiness
  • Swelling in the face, feet or hands
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite

But if you are diabetic and need a more personalized solution, we can schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your unique needs.

7. Anorexia

This is an example of an eating disorder. Anorexics become dangerously thin due to their excessive fear of gaining weight. One of several symptoms of anorexia is feeling chilly. Other symptoms include:

  • You haven’t had a period in at least three months.
  • You are 15% or more under the average body weight for your height.
  • You are preoccupied with your weight. [4]

How Nutrition Can Help

Because feeling chilly all the time might indicate a more serious, underlying problem, these symptoms should not be ignored. Consulting a professional is advisable if you regularly feel chilly even in a warm environment or if you feel cold after coming in from freezing temperatures.


With functional nutrition, the therapy for your chronic cold will be heavily influenced by the underlying reason. For example, if you have a blood vessel condition and smoke, stopping it will certainly assist with the problem. If your sensations of persistent coldness are caused by a thyroid problem, you may require medicine to correct your low thyroid. But if you are always feeling cold and need a more personalized solution, please don’t hesitate to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where we will discuss your unique needs.

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How Can You Stop Feeling Cold?

Although addressing the unique, underlying condition of every individual is important to provide a personalized solution to help them feel warmer. However, there are some general guidelines for everyone that may help you manage your condition.

  • More Calories: Eating enough calories if you are not overweight or have any other underlying condition that contradicts calorie intake helps your body gain the optimal temperature by burning its fuel (calories). Try to eat at least one hot meal with calories and balance it with fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins for the rest of the day.
  • Iron and Vitamin B12: Most of us either do not get enough B12 and iron from our food or our body does not absorb it due to nutrient deficiencies. Eating iron and B12 supplements can help. Getting your iron and B12 tested before taking a supplement is also advisable. Eating iron and B12-rich natural foods may not require any specific tests, to begin with.
  • More Spices: If you are not used to spices, maybe it is time to add some herbs and spices to your recipes. Spicy food literally helps our bodies get warmer. But if you suffer from stomach ulcers or gastric problems or do not feel well after eating spices, this may not be an option.
  • Balanced Diet: remember that a balanced diet is key to most health problems. When you are eating a balanced diet, you help your body strengthen itself against many underlying issues. Hence, eating a diet full of the right nutrients is important to boost your immunity and address all your health concerns.
  • Move Better: Following a good movement and exercise routine is important to keep your immune system working, your hormones regulating, and your body optimizing its natural balance. Exercises like walking, jogging, and light workout indoors or outdoors are not just stress-relieving but also helps your body recover from its underlying problems.
  • Get Tested: It is highly recommended to get professional advice if you are still feeling cold. Address the root cause of feeling cold and enjoy a balanced life.

Bottom Line

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