- Updated on September 11, 2020
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
- Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD
Feeling Cold All the Time: Causes and Treatment – Thyroid, Liver, and Blood Flow
In this video interview below, Dr. Artour Rakhimov explains major causes and treatment for feeling cold (body chills).
Feeling cold is a symptom that can signify different causes. In many cases, this sign is experienced by people with other health problems, such as fatigue and low energy levels.
As about those who suffer from a constant chill (a sensation of coldness, which is often accompanied by shivering and pallor of the skin), there are two major causes: low metabolism and reduced blood flow to body organs and tissues.
Blood flow in the human body is mainly controlled by a single factor: the automatic respiratory pattern. Clinical evidence suggests that over 90% of the modern population have too fast and too deep automatic breathing.
Cold body sensation all the time in the severely sick
Always feeling cold is common during last stages of cancer and HIV-AIDS (usually together with cachexia and common night sweating). These people commonly have less than 10 seconds for the body oxygen test. Clinical studies suggest that these groups of people have up to 30-50 breaths per minute for their respiratory frequency at rest (see cancer and HIV-AIDS pages), while the norm is only 10-12 small diaphragmatic breaths per minute.
The solution is to slow down own breathing. This will improve circulation and oxygen supply.
Feeling cold all the time may indicate thyroid or liver problems (with reduced hunger and some weight loss). However, these conditions also relate to low body oxygenation.
Feeling cold all the time (with weight loss, but normal eating) can indicate the presence of GI parasites, such as roundworms or flatworms.
Cold body sensation after eating
Feeling cold after eating can indicate too slow absorption of nutrients in the gut or low GI (glycemic index) of eaten foods. Generally, there are 2 key factors that contribute to this effect: poor circulation (with low body O2) and low glycemic index of foods. For example, if a person with about 20 s for body O2 starts their meal with a salad or barley (GI 20%), then his or her blood sugar increase will be too slow, while digestive organs may require more energy for peristalsis.
Then this person may get even a headache in addition to feeling cold. Such people (with poor blood sugar control) often suffer from reactive hyperglycemia and reactive hypoglycemia. They commonly experience feeling hot and cold (hot after meals and cold when too blood insulin is too high and too much blood glucose driven into fat cells).
Always feeling cold, but only during winter time
Some people get this unpleasant sensation of chilliness only when it is cold outdoors or during winter time. Such symptom can occur even when they have up to 30-40 s for the DIY body oxygen test, as for my advanced students. The solution to this problem is … (it is hidden as bonus content)
Drink 3-4 tablespoons of dairy cream (or half-half cream or whipping cream). Note that milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter do not help.
Feeling cold in the chest, head, stomach, leg or throat is a rarer symptom. There are about 10 times fewer people for symptoms in each of these body organs than those people who get whole body chills. Feeling cold in specific organs also disappears with increased body oxygenation and more physical exercise.
Feel cold during pregnancy or due to an inactive lifestyle
Finally, there are females who feel cold during pregnancy (especially, the first trimester), people after surgery, and those who improved their digestive health with partial recovery from ulcers and IBD (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease). This is an extract from my best selling Amazon book about digestion:
“As it was previously discussed, some people with digestive problems are not able to safely run due to ulcers and other abnormalities in their digestive organs. As a result, in order to restore their health, they often focus on gentle types of exercise, such as cycling, using exercise bikes and safe types of weightlifting.
When these people partially recovered their GI health and can safely start running, they can experience chill, a sensation of coldness, which is often accompanied by shivering and pallor of the skin.
This chill is a sign that the body is ready and even requires running to normalize metabolism, digestive health, circulation and other vital functions after a long time of physical “semi-hibernation”. Therefore, if you get this sensation, start running (on a soft surface) and later gradually increase duration and intensity.”
In other words, running with nose breathing is the proven solution for problems related to feeling cold during pregnancy, after surgeries, and for people who do not go jogging with strictly nasal breathing. Note that many people feel cold after exercise, such as cycling and weightlifting, but not after running.
How to stop always feeling cold, even at night
There are various methods and techniques that immediately lead to the nearly double reduction in intensity and severity of feeling cold all the time, even during night sleep. You can stop feeling cold using the following techniques:
– Running with nose breathing (in and out) and perspiration
– Grounding your body for normalization of its electrical properties (Earthing)
– Prevention of mouth breathing (during sleep too)
– Prevention of supine sleep
– Simple reduced breathing exercise to reduce the sensation of feeling cold (the same exercise is used to warm up cold hands and feet).
However, in order to get rid of feeling cold completely, one needs to get over 30 seconds for the morning body-oxygen-test results.