Food and NutritionFoods to be taken
- Vitamin E enhances the blood flow so include vitamin E rich foods like spinach, almonds, fish, broccoli, pumpkin, carrots, tomatoes etc
- Magnesium dilates the tightened blood vessels of Raynauds disease, foods like dark leafy greens, fish, beans, lentils, brown rice, avocadoes, banana are rich in magnesium
- Vitamin B Niacin stimulates blood flow in the arms, fingers, legs and toes like. Fish, chicken, mushrooms, green peas, avocadoes are rich in niacin
- Omega 3 fatty acid foods like fish, fish liver oil, walnuts, flaxseeds etc should be taken
- Spices such as cinnamon, cayenne and mustard provide overall warmth to the body
- Refined and processed foods
- Oily and fatty foods
Yoga and ExerciseMany doctors encourage patients who have Raynauds phenomenon to exercise regularly. You can include any type of activity like walking, jogging, cycling etc.
Deep breathing exercises help in relieving the symptoms.
- Get out of the cold and move to a warmer area
- Place your hands under your armpits or between your thighs to warm them up
- Numbness in toes and fingers is a common symptom so wiggle your fingers and toes and if this fails try doing windmill motions with your arms, and jogging on the spot. Movement will help to keep the blood flowing properly.
- Run your fingers and toes under some warm water
- Massage your hands and feet this improves blood circulation
- Avoid wearing things that may constrict blood flow to these extremities such as tight rings, tight socks or wrist bands