There are numerous factors that cause poor blood circulation, the most common ones being the atherosclerosis and peripheral artery disease. Moreover, it can be also caused by obesity, blood clots, and heart problems. In addition, several bad habits such as smoking, excessive drinking, and leading an unhealthy diet might increase the risk of circulation problems.
Poor blood circulation is manifested through warning symptoms and signs you shouldn’t ignore once you spot them. Then, you should consult a doctor in order to try a proper treatment or method.
Take a look at the following list of the most common signs of poor blood circulation:
Numbing sensation in the feet and hands – In case your feet and hands are often numb, then you might have circulation issues. However, numbness in the extremities might be provoked by extreme exposure to cold, magnesium and vitamin B12 deficiency, nerve compression, and extreme pressure on the hands and feet.
Feet and Leg Swelling – If the legs and feet are constantly swelling, then it might be a sign of malnutrition, obesity, excessive standing, high salt intake, PMS, and aging. But, in case the swelling becomes a persistent then it might occurs as a result of poor circulation. Not having enough blood flow in the kidneys prevents the passage of the fluids to the blood vessels and they remain in the tissues, resulting in swelling.
Chronic Fatigue – Constant use of medications and physical exertion might make you feel tired all the time. However, if the tiredness is constant, then it might be because of the poor blood circulation. If the blood flow is poor, your organs cannot conduct their function in the right manner. Moreover, this will interfere with the muscles since they will lack the needed amount of oxygen and nutrients.
Cool Hands and Feet – This is the commonest sign of poor blood circulation in people suffering from it. Good blood circulation regulates the body temperature whereas the poor circulation leads to fluctuating body temperature, which can be felt in the hands and feet most often, since they are the farthest body parts for the blood flow.
Varicose Veins – They are caused by poor blood circulation. In fact, poor blood circulation makes pressure to the veins and they get visible, swollen, and twisted. The majority of patients who deal with varicose veins have the following manifestation of signs: pain, discomfort, itchiness, and burning and tingling sensation in the extremities.
Weak Immunity – Poor circulation influence the immunity in a negative way since the poor blood circulation prevents proper and on-time distribution of the vital nutrients throughout the whole body, leaving it susceptible to diseases and infections.
Erectile Dysfunction – Poor circulation causes erectile dysfunction in men as a result of the lack of blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Sudden Hair Loss – When hair scalp doesn’t receive all of the needed nutrients, the hair becomes dry, thin, and starts to fall off. So, to improve this condition, start massaging the scalp with certain hair oil. It’s going to boost the blood flow to your scalp, strengthen the hair follicles, and prevent hair loss.
Chest Tightness – Poor blood circulation will provoke improper heart function, which might lead to heaviness or chest tightness. According to experts, this issue is called angina pectoris and it may be an indicator of heart arteries atherosclerosis.
Skin Discoloration – This occurs as a result of low levels of oxygen in the blood or poor blood circulation. This condition is also known under the term ‘cyanosis’. If the color of your skin starts to change, then consult your doctor immediately. This condition in most of the cases is manifested on the face, the lips, around the gums and eyes and they become blue.
Tips on Improving Blood Circulation:
Do exercises on a regular basis
Control the stress levels
Massage the body with a mixture of rosemary oil and olive oil. Pay special attention to the extremities
Contrast hydrotherapy (having a shower with hot and cold water) improves the blood circulation in people suffering from poor blood flow
Instead of coffee, drink green tea
Walk or sit in a good body posture
Avoid alcohol consumption
Eat more seeds, nuts, black pepper, garlic, onions, and ginger because they promote good blood flow.
Wear orthopedic shoes.
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