First of all, am I the only one noticing that not only are my feet hot, but they do not sweat??? (Also, my hands sweat little or none, but I have less of a problem with them.)
I read over half-way through this topic and then finally had to stop because I could have been here all night on that one! Anyway, I did get some ideas I thought I might share. First of all, someone said allergies and that clicked immediately! I have allergies - mostly food, but also skin and respiratory allergies, etc. These allergies affect a lot of things you might not expect a food allergy to affect, including circulation, soft-tissue problems, nervous system (and depression) problems, and many more! I used to have a big problem with constantly cold feet. In fact, I rarely noticed they were cold - hardly felt it - but to the touch they were freezing, and they didn't really feel warm to me either I guess. However, avoiding food allergens solved this. Now I'm at the other extreme, chronically hot feet, way too often and too easily. Which brought me to another thought: water and salt. But before I go there...
Someone mentioned detox, and that clicked. Not only can detox sometimes help with allergies...it made me think of yeast infections, which I may at this time have. Yeast actually grows as a fungal infection inside the intestines, and especially once it reaches its second, and invasive, stage, it toxifies the body. In fact, it pokes holes in the small intestine and lets toxins direction into the blood. In some cases, food allergies can be linked to or possibly even caused by yeast infections. And food allergies can be linked to most if not nearly all common ailments, including depression, ADD, or other neuralogical disorders, not to mention almost any type of ailment you can name (respiratory, pulminary, whatever)! And food allergies are becoming more and more of a problem with today's proccessed foods, fast food, even pure, fresh, genetically altered vegetables!
But even more ailments, including allergies themselves, can be linked to a very common and mostly unknown problem: dehydration. Definately check out www.watercure.com and www.watercure2.org. See, common table salt is very unhealthy - but not having enough salt is just as unhealthy. In its natural form and when still combined with beneficial minerals (in other words, unrefined!), salt is a very healthy - and very vital - component in our diets. Without it, our body cannot use much of the water we take in - which in itself isn't always much. Water regulates circulation (so if you have low circulation or high blood pressure...doesn't matter, it will help).
And to back that up...I had been having a problem with somewhat hot feet for a while up until sometime this year. But also sometime this year I started once again using whole, gray sea salt. And now that I'm aware of it, I don't remember having a problem with my feet during that time! Now, it is worse than ever - I have moved into my parents' old place, and there is no sea salt in the cupboard. Now, my feet are extremely hot all the time, especially at night it seems (or maybe I just notice it then), but also during the day. So do me a favor! If you are having this problem, or anything like this (or any problem for that matter), try to every day follow the advice on the watercure site:
How much water?
Half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 200 lbs., you will need 100 oz. of water. That is approx. 3 quarts. A quart is 32 oz. A 1.5 liter bottle has 6 servings of 8 oz., which makes it 48 oz..
(to make it simpler, your weight in pounds (ie 200lbs) divided in half (ie 200lb/2=100) and that figure is the number of ounces per day of water (ie 100 ounces/day). Divide # of ounces by 8 to find number of cups. (ie 100/8= 12 1/2 cups of water/day)
How much salt and how do I use it?
¼ tsp. per quart of water you drink daily (1 quart=4 cups). You can put the ¼ tsp. of sea salt "IN" the bottle of water, or season your food, as it is suggested, or lick some off the palm of your hand, and then drink some water. What is important is that you get the proper balance throughout the day. You can't take all your salt in just two times a day, no more than you could do all your breathing in only two times a day. You cannot drink half of your water in one sitting and then the rest later that day and expect to be fully hydrated.
Where can I get good sea salt?
You can call 1-800-TOP-SALT. (800-867-7258) This is the Grain Salt Society, 273 Fairway Drive, Asheville, North Carolina 28805. This is the best that we have found. It contains 84 trace minerals. Another one is the Redmond Mineral, Inc., P.O. Box 219, Redmond, Utah 84652. 1-435-529-7402. Their sea salt has over 70 trace minerals in it. BE CAREFUL when buying sea salt or Celtic Sea Salt. If it does not list minerals on the back, the odds are that you have just bought expensive, prettier packaged table salt. All salt came from the sea at one point. So it is legal for anyone to label their low grade salt as sea salt. Good Celtic Sea Salt is NOT white or dry.
Also, try to watch what you eat. Check lables for soy, milk, eggs, corn, or wheat (or MSG - Monosodium Glucomate). Also watch for lables that say Natural Flavour or Spices as this can contain any or all of those, and then some! (Also, for soy and corn, anything that says "vegatable oil" or "vegatable shortening", lecithin, glycerine, gelatin (though vegetable source should not be labeled as gelatin), mono- and/or di-glycerides, etc, can be derivitives so watch out - even if it supposedly as a low or no protein content.) If you see any of these on the label watch how you react to the food. WATCH FOR ANY CHANGE AT ALL - OR ANY WORSENING OF CONDITIONS! If you notice a pattern, it may indicate a food allergy.
Try at least some of this! If nothing else, drink more water! Let us all know if it works/doesn't work for you. Remember that a lot of this, dehydration (even mild thirst is a sign of this since by the time your body tells you it's thirsty, you are already dehydrated), food allergies, digestive yeast infections, etc will probably not be diagnosed by your doctor. Even things like diabetes, cancer, asthma, alzheimers! can be symptoms of a larger problem rather than just the problem itself. (Did you know that cancer is not a disease, just a symptom? It is caused by a pathogen inside your system and can be successfully not just treated, but cured! Check out information on the Hoxey treatment - it's not bull, I personally know people who have used it to great success! I would stake my life on using it.) So don't let your doctor pass you off some half-baked answer, or immediately push some medicine on you. Do your research! Consult natural health professionals, such as homeopathic or naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, etc, tell them all your symptoms not just one or a few...I'm sure there is an answer.
As soon as I can afford it I will again try the sea salt regularly, and I will make more of an effort to avoid ALL the foods I know I shouldn't be eating, both for allergies and yeast infection (since I have been cheating lately :-S) and will try to keep you updated on the effects.
Hope this helps someone!! And sorry for rambling on, and on, and on, and on, and...well, you get the idea!
PS: Someone mentioned B vitamins - not only do they help reduce emotional stress, but physical stress on the body as well. Plus, B5 is good for helping with allergies!! Coincidence???? And...someone also mentioned thyroid. I am waiting for results from a test, but I have been having a problem with glands....maybe not thyroid, but glands nonetheless. And...it was recommended to me that I try reflexology as the problem may be a blocked gland. More food for thought...