Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cold Feet: An Easy Potential Solution

There are many possible causes for cold feet. Anemia, a deficiency of red blood cells, is one possible cause. There are a number of types and causes of anemia. Worldwide, iron deficiency anemia is the most common type. Hemoglobin production is dependent upon iron. Hemoglobin helps to carry oxygen to the tissues and cells throughout the body.

Iron can be a concern for vegetarians and vegans. Low vitamin B12 and folate put vegetarian and vegans at risk as well. However, most vegetarians and vegans consume enough iron since most consume a wide variety and sufficient quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables. Even though most consume sufficient amounts, some may not.

Those at greatest risk of iron deficiency anemia include:
• alcoholics due to low vitamin and mineral consumption
• people with blood loss: heavy menses, wounds, ulcers, cancer
• kidney disease victims with low erythropoietin hormone
• pregnant women gaining water weight
• individuals with poor B12 absorption
• those with sickle cell anemia, Thalassemia or leukemia
• individuals receiving chemotherapy or other medications

Some solutions for cold feet:
• Move to a warmer climate. This is not an option for most of us.
• Heat socks in microwave 30 secs.-1 min. for a quick fix.
• Exercise to increase circulation; walk after sitting long periods.
• Treat the condition causing the problem in the first place.
• Increase circulation with cayenne pepper and/or ginkgo*.
• Increase circulation by increasing hemoglobin.

The easiest way I know to increase hemoglobin production is to drink wheatgrass juice. If you make your own using a wheatgrass juicer, it will cost less in the long run than running down to a health food store and paying for it everyday.

Anemia diminishes oxygen delivery to the cells and tissues making any condition worse. On the other hand, wheatgrass juice increases oxygen delivery, benefiting virtually any condition, including anemia.

Oxygen-rich wheatgrass juice is superior to other green plants because it consists of 70% oxygen-rich chlorophyll and contains a multitude of minerals we need.

Some Wheatgrass Juice Benefits:
• anti-bacterial
• decreases inflammation
• detoxes the body
• flushes drugs out of the body
• helps keep hair from graying
• helps prevents tooth decay
• increases red blood-cell count
• promotes sleep
• purifies the liver
• reduces varicose veins
• slows aging
• stimulates the metabolism, which can help with weight loss
• tightens skin

Wheatgrass juice is safe and easy to drink. Even if the cause of your cold feet were not from anemia, wheatgrass juice may very well help because wheatgrass juice increases the oxygenation of the cells benefiting virtually any condition.

*Ginkgo thins blood. Do not take ginkgo with medications that thin blood. There are other contraindications as well. Consult your health care provider to see if it is right for you.

Judy Dolan

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