I've always had a slight tendency to having cold hands and feet and if I sit still too long my feet can go numb and my hands sometimes juat randomly go numb throughout the day. But since starting VLC paleo a month ago it seems to have gotten worse and more frequent! Im active every day with at least walking and I crossfit 4-5 times a week.
What could be causing the poor circulation?!
I've had cold hands and feet for as long as I can remember. Through all my dietary evolutions. Sometimes my fingers would get so numb the only way to warm them up would be warm water. This condition has gotten dramatically better over that past year since I started taking the Perfect Health Diet supplements and adding safe starches. My guess would be improved thyroid function. Although my doc would never agree that I was hypothyroid, my numbers, particularly t3 have improved considerably. VLC is known to suppress T3 and increase rt3. There are a number of posts on the Jaminet's web site that discuss this http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?cat=49
I get cold hands and feet when restricting calories AND restricting carbs. This is my two-fold experiment in CRON VLC Paleo, so far health and alertness have been great - sex drive and body temperature regulation have been kinda meh (compared to higher calories VLC paleo). Weightloss, as expected, is rapid (even though due to my previous year LC, where most of my water is gone).
It's a rough trade, but my work performance has been outstanding when eating 1400 cal/day instead of my normal 2400-2600. I just have to remind myself to re-feed with higher calories once a week (and the cold hands/feet subsides for a day or two after eating higher calories). I live in Florida, so the cold hands/feet is only an issue when I'm going to bed and when I'm waking up.
You didn't mention your sex. Females may have a tendency towards anemia more often than men, my wife has dealt with it for years. Her hands and feet feel like icicles at night.
Iodine. If you've eliminated processed foods and cut way back on your salt, you may be iodine-deficient.
(I use kosher salt to cook with & it's not supplemented with iodine. When the cold hands/feet started for me, I started supplementing with kelp pills & it went away.)
Am now taking a Thyroid supplement from Now that has the iodine in it, so gave the kelp pills away. But I'd take a closer look.
My hands and feet are also typically cold. By itself I think it's harmless but only you know how serious it is. The numbness is a bit more concerning. How's your heart rate and body tempurature control otherwise? Sweating? I think it's worth a visit to a Neurologist just to rule out disease first. Lifestyle and other PH comments afterwards if nothing pans out.
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