Because I am that perpetually cold person (thank God for California winters) and because it is December, I thought I would share with you my top 5 tips for staying warm. I’m cold-blooded, but only physically. You know what they say – cold hands, warm heart ;)

(of course you could just walk around in your Snuggie)

1. Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids. This is the good kind of fat, found in avocados, oily fish (e.g. salmon, mackerel, herring), flaxseeds, walnuts, soybeans and canola oil, and some fortified eggs. Reportedly helps to stay insulated.

2. Try to get 60 minutes of exercise per day. Working out gets your circulation moving and will help to deliver blood to your extremities such as cold hands and feet. Yoga is as effective as aerobic exercise.

3. Take regular baths – for increased blood flow.

4. Cayenne pepper, gingko biloba, root ginger and garlic capsules – try adding these to whatever your cooking. They all help increase blood circulation.

5, Take care not to let your feet get cold. Don’t walk around barefoot or on cold surfaces – wear slippers. Cold feet can make your entire body chill. Warm feet will do just the opposite.

6. Get your thyroid checked! Cold hands and feet can sometimes be a symptom of hypothyroidism. Your thyroid works like a thermostat for your body. Signs that it is not working include feeling cold, dry skin, feeling more tired than usual, thinning hair. You can get this test done by having a simple blood test.

7. Up your intake of iron. A low red blood cell count (anemia) can make you feel cold. Taking an iron supplement may be particularly important if you are on a vegetarian or low meat diet.

8. Finally, avoid all refrigerated and ice beverages. It may be hard for you to give us ice in your soda, but once you make the switch you will notice the difference. Consuming ice is not natural however you look at it, and if you are already susceptible to the cold it can make it worse. Try drinking hot teas instead. If you prefer ice tea and soda, just ask for it without ice – most establishments are happy to oblige.

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