When I prepared the blog post on hands and lips health, I thought if I’m writing about specific parts of the body I can’t miss out our feet. They carry us around and need to be healthy, agile, and pain free to do their job! And I’ll let you in on this one, nutrition also has an effect on foot health. Specifically in the winter, when the air is dry from central heating, sometimes soggy from the rain, and are we wearing supportive shoes to protect them? How do we look after our feet?
During the winter months, the intense cold weather disturbs blood flow to the feet, causing the skin to become dry, hard, and possibly cracked. So we need to keep them warm with natural fibre socks, I like to use bamboo, some use woollen socks. It’s important to wear well fitted shoes, even though they aren’t as fancy sometimes, as the shoes are not only protecting the feet but the rest of the body too, even something as simple as slipping in the rain can be prevented with a sturdy shoe. Here we need to make sure that the feet don’t get sweaty as this can cause other problems too. So again wearing natural fibre socks and taking your shoes and boots off when indoors is great to keep your feet healthy, I actually keep a nice pair of open shoes to wear in my office.
It’s really important to keep your feet clean, dry, and well looked after. Cold weather can dry the skin and cause cracks, especially on the heels, or sweaty feet from being locked into warm boots for long periods of time and if not properly taken care of offers room for infection to set in.
- Wash your feet nightly with soap and warm water,
- Soak a pumice stone and use to gently smooth out heels and other dry skin.
- Soak your feet for 10 minutes once a week in warm water with foot soak, and then gently rub with a foot scrub.
- Always moisturise your feet in the evening, if you have cracks use a thick cream with Urea, like the Bee Inspired Foot Cream.
- You can then cover them with bamboo socks for about 20 minutes.
- And trim your nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
We often don’t associate what we eat and the health of our feet. However, the fact is diet can affect any of your body parts and feet are no exception too. Pain, inflammation, poor circulation, fungal infections and bone loss are all conditions which impact directly on our feet.
Anti-Fungal Foods help prevent fungal infections, by eating foods that have natural anti-fungal properties, such as garlic, apple cider vinegar, yoghurt and kefir.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids to help reduce inflammation and skin dryness. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna, trout, eggs, whole grain cereal, peanut butter, walnuts and oatmeal.
Immunity-Boosting Foods eating foods like mushrooms, garlic, yogurt, oats, barley, fish, chicken soup, beef, and sweet potatoes help to keep your immune system strong and promotes faster wound healing which is essential if you get a blister or cut on your feet.Try this great Breakfast Lecso.
Look after yourself,