Don’t worry if you’re always rubbing your hands together for warmth or noticing that your feet are colder than the rest of your body during this Harmattan season, as it’s a normal physiological reaction.
The reason our hands and feet get cold during the Harmattan and wet season is because our body prioritizes keeping our vital organs like our heart and lungs warm, and this leads to a reduction of blood flow to the extremities.
The reason why your hands and feet are particularly cold is because those areas of the body are where heat is lost to cold air the most. Those parts of the body, along with the ears, have more thermoregulatory receptors than any other part of your body, which means they direct blood flow away from the hands and feet and toward the core of the body.
Eat Healthy Foods
One way to warm up those extremeties is to boost circulation, and eat heart-healthy foods. Try to incorporate foods like fatty fish, nuts, olive oil, and fruits and veggies into your diet. These foods work wonders for your circulation, which is essential for adequate blood flow and temperature regulation.
Sleep With Socks
While heading to bed, put on a pair of socks to help conserve your warmth. Even the healthiest person may need some assistance on a cold Harmattan night, and socks can do the trick. Wear wool socks over liner socks.
Give Warming Gadgets A Try
You can try sitting in front of a roaring fire but tech gadgets can be very effective at keeping you warm. There are portable hand warmer packs that you can buy online or at most hunting or sporting departments.
For toastier toes, try ThermaCELL Heated Insoles, a comfortable heated insole with a smart-charging technology that will keep your feet warm, minus the worry of overheating or sweating.
Spice things up
Add some oomph to your harmattan drinks and meals while increasing your warmth at the same time. Certain spices are known for their ability to increase body temperature. Black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne, cardamom, ginger, horseradish, and garlic are among top choices for spices that warm the body up.