Warren Willey

Warren Willey

Our recent wintry weather gave us a preview of what we’re in for over the next few months in Southeast Idaho. I don’t mind the cold weather as much as I mind having cold feet when the weather’s cold.

There are a few reasons for cold feet (I’m not talking about fear of getting married; I’m talking about physiologically cold tootsies).

If you suffer from cold feet, there are a few different possibilities as to why. Besides the weather for all those smart people who just made a comment to themselves or others…(wink).

Poor circulation is at the top of a list of likely culprits. There are several natural remedies for poor lower extremity circulation you could employ this winter if you suffer from cold feet.

Garlic is an excellent way to improve circulation and offers a nice side effect of warding off ailments and illnesses. Garlic in your food is always better than garlic in pill form, so if your friends and family can stand it, eat as much garlic as possible this winter.

Hawthorne leaves, berries, and flowers also have amazing medicinal qualities and have been used in traditional medicine to treat circulatory disorders for thousands of years. Ginkgo biloba is another medicinal plant that helps improve circulation.

These blood flow improving natural remedies have several drug/supplement interactions, so it is imperative for you to talk to your doctor prior to attempting to warm your feet with any of them.

This coming cold weather season, dress as warmly as you can, make sure your shoes and socks are adequate, and optimize your blood flow with good nutrition and daily exercise. If your doctor gives you the clearance, some of these non-drug therapies may also be beneficial.

Dr. Warren Willey is a Pocatello physician. Visit his website at http://drwilley.com.