Alleviate Cold Hands and Feet with an Infrared Sauna
We all know someone who has perpetually cold hands and feet, even when the heat is cranked up to 75 degrees, the fireplace is blazing, and you’re wearing shorts and a t-shirt sweating. Yes, it seems completely obvious that a warm and cozy 15-minute session in an infrared sauna would help to heat up your hands and feet. But, the warming, health-boosting effects don’t end once you’ve stepped out of the sauna; infrared saunas help to warm chilly legs, arms, and especially those hands and feet.
Before we go into how infrared saunas can help warm up those frosty digits and toes, it’s worth pointing out some conditions that can lead to chilly sensations in the extremities. In most instances, having cold hands and/or feet is part of a condition called “being human.” But, if the symptoms persist, you may want to talk it over with your general physician. Persistently cold hands and feet — especially those that appear visually colder, lighter, or grayer than other parts of your body could signal something more serious. Some conditions that cause chronic coldness to the extremities can include:
- Frostbite — If you’ve spent excess time outdoors in cold temperatures without sufficient winter clothing, gloves, and boots, you may be experiencing one of the signs of frostbite. With frostbite, the tissue becomes damaged from excess cold. When we are in harshly cold environments for prolonged periods of time, our bodies naturally divert blood flow away from the surface of the skin and toward the vital organs, specifically the heart, brain, and lungs. While infrared saunas may not be able to reverse the damage done to frostbitten areas, they can promote healthier blood flower to the affected areas, reducing the chilly sensations.
- Hypothyroidism — In hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid does not produce sufficient thyroid hormone. Coldness in the hands and feet is one of the most common complaints in individuals with hypothyroidism.
- Raynaud’s disease — In Raynaud’s disease (or “Raynaud’s phenomenon”), the color of the hands and feet becomes noticeably lighter and is accompanied by a chilly sensation in the affected fingers and toes. This may occur as a reaction to stress or being in a colder environment. While Raynaud’s disease isn’t a cause for too much alarm, it can affect your quality of life. By increasing circulation to the extremities with an infrared sauna, you can diminish the severity of your symptoms over time.
- Low blood sugar — The ways in which infrared saunas help regular blood sugar and glucose is actually documented in another article on the Good Health Saunas website, so if you missed it, you can check it out by visiting the “Low Blood Sugar” page. But, to summarize, infrared saunas have been shown useful in regulating blood sugar and glucose in those with hypoglycemia by increasing circulation and reducing oxidative stress.
Infrared Sauna Therapy for Cold Hands and Feet: How Does It Work?
When you enter an infrared sauna, the heat radiating off the carbon and/or ceramic elements penetrates several inches below the surface of the skin, unlike traditional saunas that just heat the air around you. What this deep-penetrating heat does is openup the capillaries, extending additional blood flow to — you guessed it — hands, feet, and limbs that often do not get enough blood flow.
The other way this heating action works is by helping you to produce a healthy flow of sweat. The sweat and increased circulation help remove all those toxins that complicate your sympathetic nervous system and the circulatory systems. This rise in blood flow is actually similar to what you would expect during a moderate workout, raising circulating blood from five to seven quarts per minute, to a heart-pumping, hand- and foot-warming 13 quarts per minute. Dilating the capillaries, arterioles, and venules also has a positive effect in reducing muscle cramps and soreness. Plus, you can take advantage of all the other benefits that go along with using an infrared sauna, such as regulating cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat, nervous tension, and a number of skin conditions.
Have GHS® Recommend the Right Infrared Sauna for You
Are you ready warm up those chilly hands and feet while also achieving all the other health benefits that come with infrared saunas? Not only do infrared saunas work for your physical health, but also they are also exceptional at reducing stress following a busy day at the office (or staying at home with the kids). GHS® has models ranging from one- to four-seaters. So, whether you’re looking to relax solo, or share the positives of an infrared sauna, GHS® is here to help. To learn more about your options, visit the Good Health Saunas product page and browse their assortment of infrared saunas. Whether you’re looking for something compact or spacious, they have models available for just about any living arrangement.