Are You Cold?

Tis the season of cold in most parts of the world especially the northern hemisphere. It will be surprising if you are not feeling some of the winter chill and hugging your blanket or winter clothes. Some people end up feeling much colder than others. In fact, they feel cold even when the temperature is otherwise warm to the rest of us. The usual signs are that your hands and feet are always cold, no matter what. What gives?

First, your thyroid may not be functioning well. It is your thyroid that regulates temperature in your body. If you are not able to secrete enough hormones (hypothyroid), it makes you feel cold. Next, if you are deficient in iron, it makes you feel cold. Deficiency of iron, also known as anaemia, occurs when your body has lower levels of hemoglobin in your red blood cells. Low hemoglobin means that your body has fewer cells available to carry oxygen to your body. Oxygen is required for all your cells and organs to function, including the process of metabolism.

If you are always cold, you should not ignore it. It is a sign that something is amiss. If you are lucky, it is just low blood counts. If you are not, it could be a warning sign that you are at risk of cancer. The link between cancer and oxygen is fascinating. Your cells are naturally aerobic which means they breathe in oxygen. It is when your cells begin to use sugar in the process of fermentation that they turn cancerous. Low oxygen levels, experienced for example, by continually feeling cold, means that your cells have inadequate oxygen. In the absence of oxygen, fermentation of sugar appears in cells ultimately resulting in cancer. The next time you are shivering for no reason, pay heed, your body is telling you something.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.