Why Am I Always Cold?
A lot of people ask that question. Some of them feel too cold only part of the time, but there are those who constantly feel cold, either in their extremities, or all over. If you tell your doctor you always feel cold, he probably won’t be able to tell you the reason. It’s not that he doesn’t know what might be the cause that uncomfortable feeling, but because there are any number possible causes. Your doctor would have to ask you some questions, and may even have to run some tests, before he can find out what lies at the root of your problem.
Before asking your doctor -Why am I always cold? – you really need to first ask yourself a few questions. The first question should be, am I always cold, or do I just feel cold at certain times or in certain parts of my body? If you don’t feel cold all of the time, knowing when or where you do or don’t feel cold can help pinpoint the cause.
The next questions might be, “when I feel too cold, do I feel cold all over, or is it just my torso, or just my hands, my feet, or my legs that get cold? Is the feeling seasonal? Is it related to something I do, such as when I travel, or when I sit still for too long a period?”
It could be that you actually are always cold, or at least you are most of the time. If that’s indeed the case, that’s what you need to tell your doctor.
One of the problems that you and/or your doctor may run into is the problem may result from a serious disorder, or it may result from something that is not necessarily serious, but simply has some very uncomfortable symptoms. When we get sick, it’s usually not a matter of being well one moment and being deathly ill the next. We often get sick slowly, and sometimes we hardly feel sick at all. Some of the things that can make one feel cold all of the time are quite subtle, and are not really serious disorders, but disorders due to something in our blood system, or our neurological system, that has exceeded some limit but is not necessarily causing any harm.
The Effect A Lack Of Vitamins Can Have
One reason could be a vitamin deficiency. A deficiency in one or more of the B-complex vitamins can result in a feeling of being too cold, either much of the time, or all of the time. The reason for this is that some of the B-complex vitamins affect the way our metabolism functions. If our metabolism rate is too fast, it means we’re constantly burning fuel, and when we burn fuel, we feel warm, or even too warm. We don’t even have to be engaged in strenuous activity to feel too warm. Similarly, if the lack of a certain vitamin is causing our metabolism to slow down too much, we burn less fuel, and our body cools down. If it cools down too much, we begin to feel cold, even though our body temperature remains normal. To best understand how this works this requires delving into physics or thermodynamics, where the difference between heat and temperature is better explained. We don’t feel cold because our body temperature is dropping, but because our internal heat engine has slowed down.
Hypothyroidism can Be A Cause
Feeling cold all of the time can be one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. The thyroid produces a hormone that regulates our metabolism. If it is not producing enough of this hormone, which happens in the case of hypothyroidism, our metabolism becomes sluggish. When that happens, we can either become very sensitive to things that are cold, sensitive to cold itself, or simply feel cold, and we will probably feel cold most of the time.
Weight And Muscle Mass Can Be Factors
Weight can be a factor as well. It’s no myth that skinny people often feel colder than do fat people. The fat in our body does act as an insulator after all. If lack of weight is a problem, gaining a few pounds may help. It’s not just weight, but muscle mass that helps keep us warm. The more muscle mass we have, the more fuel our body will burn when we’re active. It’s the burning of sugars that have been converted from starches that helps to keep us warm.
Finally, the way you are built may be a determining factor. The patterns that our blood vessels follow will vary from person to person, although usually not significantly. Your blood vessel patterns could explain why you have cold hands or cold feet. They don’t however affect your core, where your heat engine operates, and it’s your core temperature that’s important.