A friend of mine has been having these cold, numb and white fingers and toes. It appears to be Raynaud's 'disease'. Cold (especially when humid) is the major cause, maybe some stress...
Does anyone have any experience or paleo tips for her? She's generally very healthy (no known diseases and looks and feels good, not overweight) and has been eating paleo for 2 years. Her diet could be discribed as Mark Sisson Primal style, and is quite strict. She includes yoghurt and quite a lot starchy vegetables and decent amount of fruits.
She probably eats a bit too much dried fruits (with butter: more addictive than crack, it appears...). And nutella, a few spoons a day...
No supplements except vit D in winter and a few spoons of fish oil a week.
The wikipedia page talked about fish oil being potentially useful, so maybe we'll increase that. Any other tips or advice?
(ps: unfortunately, spring will be here (Belgium) very soon, so probably not the best time to self experiment.)
Magnesium! I had Reynaud's like symptoms. Even the freezer aisle in summer would make my fingers, toes and (ahem) nipples numb. It"s a vasospasm event and MAGNESIUM is a miracle. I took tons of Natural Calm and I have to say that I am all better!
I have actually aquired Raynaud's after going paleo- quite sad about it. I correlate its development with when I started taking cold showers seriously (I dont want to give up!) but it could be the diet (only months apart). Its interesting though that I have so clearly developed it with these two lifestyle changes and perhaps I could get a reversal of the symptoms by reverting these changes again. My real fear is I've done some permanent damage through cold showers, but this doesnt make sense to me!
What's the chance that Raynaud's might be linked to lupus (SLE) or multiple sclerosis (MS)? I seem to be encountering this in people who are suffering from SLE and other connective tissue-related autoimmune diseases (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogren's).
I've been dealing with Raynauds for the last 4 years. It's pretty horrible, at times I can easily get cold enough that my feet turn pale then purple! Gah! I've noticed a decrease in the frequency after giving up caffeine and exercising more. I think it's because the caffeine would make me anxious = more stress ( which is said to play a role in Raynauds).
I'll have to try the magnesium now!
Magnesium is great, so I second all of those who have given this advice. Other considerations are fish oil (hopefully from fish, not pills!) and Ginkgo Biloba, which is phenomenal at getting blood into the extremities! GB is great for opening up all of the smallest arterioles and capillaries, which is why it is so often recommended for memory—it increases the oxygen profusion of the brain. By the same token, it is great for Raynaud's in that it increases the oxygen getting to those tissues in the extremities, which seems to be the problem with the disease. Hope that helps!
Thanks for the Magnesium tip. Of course, I'm taking 1,000mg now anyway to ensure "regularity", but I'll pay attention and see if it helps with my Raynaud's. The best solution I have found is to move closer to the equator. Honestly, I think I would die in Belgium! Wet cold is absolutely the worst.
I'm not really sure i have Raynaud's disease but i sure as hell have cold hands and feet when no one else around me does.
Magnesium doesn't seem to work for me in that regard. One thing sure does work though, and that's Cayenne Pepper!
I mix 1/4 tsp in warm water and drink it before each meal and it keeps me warm and gives me an amazing energy boost for a while.
Although i read some pretty good things about it, including the hability it has to stop heart attacks, heal stomach ulcers and improve organ function, including digestion, i'm not sure if it is THAT healthy, considering it's a nightshade.