A friend of mine has been having these cold, numb and white fingers and toes. It appears to be Raynaud's 'disease'. Cold (especially when humid) is the major cause, maybe some stress...
Does anyone have any experience or paleo tips for her? She's generally very healthy (no known diseases and looks and feels good, not overweight) and has been eating paleo for 2 years. Her diet could be discribed as Mark Sisson Primal style, and is quite strict. She includes yoghurt and quite a lot starchy vegetables and decent amount of fruits.
She probably eats a bit too much dried fruits (with butter: more addictive than crack, it appears...). And nutella, a few spoons a day...
No supplements except vit D in winter and a few spoons of fish oil a week.
The wikipedia page talked about fish oil being potentially useful, so maybe we'll increase that. Any other tips or advice?
(ps: unfortunately, spring will be here (Belgium) very soon, so probably not the best time to self experiment.)
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on March 02, 2011
at 09:22 PM
Magnesium! I had Reynaud's like symptoms. Even the freezer aisle in summer would make my fingers, toes and (ahem) nipples numb. It"s a vasospasm event and MAGNESIUM is a miracle. I took tons of Natural Calm and I have to say that I am all better!
on July 20, 2011
at 04:38 PM
Julianne of Paleo & Zone Nutrition Blog just posted on this. She reported a marked improvement of her Raynaud's after doing a 30-day autoimmune Paleo diet.
on March 02, 2011
at 03:59 PM
A robb wolf podcast touched on this one time awhile back. His girlfriend or wife and her father had it clear up after going paleo
on July 30, 2013
at 05:55 PM
Magnesium was the answer for me also. I've had symptoms of Raynaud's for approximately a decade, and have tried all sorts of dietary changes hoping to find an answer. I stumbled on Paleo during that search, but it did not do the trick. Fish oil did nothing for me, but then I already ate Alaskan Salmon regularly. Messing with iodine and raw thyroid for possible thyroid issues just ended up scaring me straight... My mother had issues with it too, but so long ago, that all she can remember is when she stopped eating sugar (per Body, Mind & Sugar), it went away. For me the answer is Magnesium. As I think someone already mentioned here, one of the standard treatments prescribed is a "calcium channel blocker" aka magnesium. There is a delicate dance between calcium and magnesium, and much debate over optimal ratios. My hunch is that it will vary from person to person. I'm taking calcium supplementation with magnesium using dolomite - but that throws my ratio off and I get Raynaud's symptoms unless I supplement with additional magnesium. You'll have to experiment to find out what works for you. It's worth it! Oh, by the way, how I found the final answer for me after years of searching was 11 days in Dallas, TX drinking the VERY mineral rich water. I live in the wet part of the Pacific NW, where the water is soft, lots of rain, not so much aquifer contact with limestone. While I was in TX...Raynaud's symptoms be gone, within 3 days of arrival, and it stayed gone for a week after I got back home. Optimize your minerals!
on July 18, 2013
at 10:19 PM
As a 27-y/o male with FROZEN extremities, I found a huge change after getting my blood tested for iron (specifically, ferritin) levels at the suggestion of my functional medicine doc. Turns out I was anaemic all along - taking a gentle-on-the-stomach iron supplement always warmed me up for hours on end. It's remarkable.
TL;DR - Eat red meat.
on November 08, 2012
at 05:11 AM
Hi, I developed Raynauds when i turned 40 and for two years would get it whenever I touched something cold such as the steering wheel in winter, or just generally on cold days (anything below 18 degrees). Then we switched to drinking raw milk as a family, and I haven't had it for a year, apart from once on one finger at a party outside (holding cold champagne glass!). I'm not paleo and only trying to be primal (probably I am a more 80% weston price/old fashioned and 20% the odd packet of crisps etc). The only difference to my diet was switching to raw milk.
on September 09, 2011
at 01:42 PM
I'm not really sure i have Raynaud's disease but i sure as hell have cold hands and feet when no one else around me does.
Magnesium doesn't seem to work for me in that regard. One thing sure does work though, and that's Cayenne Pepper!
I mix 1/4 tsp in warm water and drink it before each meal and it keeps me warm and gives me an amazing energy boost for a while.
Although i read some pretty good things about it, including the hability it has to stop heart attacks, heal stomach ulcers and improve organ function, including digestion, i'm not sure if it is THAT healthy, considering it's a nightshade.
on July 21, 2011
at 01:04 PM
Thanks for the Magnesium tip. Of course, I'm taking 1,000mg now anyway to ensure "regularity", but I'll pay attention and see if it helps with my Raynaud's. The best solution I have found is to move closer to the equator. Honestly, I think I would die in Belgium! Wet cold is absolutely the worst.
on July 21, 2011
at 10:52 AM
Magnesium is great, so I second all of those who have given this advice. Other considerations are fish oil (hopefully from fish, not pills!) and Ginkgo Biloba, which is phenomenal at getting blood into the extremities! GB is great for opening up all of the smallest arterioles and capillaries, which is why it is so often recommended for memory—it increases the oxygen profusion of the brain. By the same token, it is great for Raynaud's in that it increases the oxygen getting to those tissues in the extremities, which seems to be the problem with the disease. Hope that helps!
on July 21, 2011
at 05:46 AM
I've been dealing with Raynauds for the last 4 years. It's pretty horrible, at times I can easily get cold enough that my feet turn pale then purple! Gah! I've noticed a decrease in the frequency after giving up caffeine and exercising more. I think it's because the caffeine would make me anxious = more stress ( which is said to play a role in Raynauds).
I'll have to try the magnesium now!
on July 21, 2011
at 04:12 AM
What's the chance that Raynaud's might be linked to lupus (SLE) or multiple sclerosis (MS)? I seem to be encountering this in people who are suffering from SLE and other connective tissue-related autoimmune diseases (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogren's).
on July 12, 2011
at 12:24 PM
I have actually aquired Raynaud's after going paleo- quite sad about it. I correlate its development with when I started taking cold showers seriously (I dont want to give up!) but it could be the diet (only months apart). Its interesting though that I have so clearly developed it with these two lifestyle changes and perhaps I could get a reversal of the symptoms by reverting these changes again. My real fear is I've done some permanent damage through cold showers, but this doesnt make sense to me!