Poor blood circulation affects people of all ages and if left untreated can cause serious damage to your brain, heart, liver, kidney and limbs. It’s most common in elderly people but should be taken seriously at any age.
Several conditions can lead to poor circulation. The most common causes include obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, and arterial issues.
SYMPTOMS OF POOR BLOOD CIRCULATION
- Numbness or loss of sensation or tingling in the hands, feet, or toes
- Changes in skin temperature (cold hands, feet, legs, and ears)
- Edema or swelling in the feet, legs and/or fingers
- Varicose veins, leg ulcers and foot ulcers
- Muscle cramps and pain
- Itching, especially itchy skin on hands, legs, or feet
- Changes in the color of the skin (it becomes more pale, bluish, or reddish)
- Skin breakdowns; infection and sores do not heal as well as they should
- Irregular heart beats
As you can see, poor blood circulation can affect your body quite significantly. And while treating the symptoms can bring a relief, it’s still best to treat the source of the problem and to improve the blood circulation itself.
HOW TO IMPROVE BLOOD CIRCULATION
- Exercise regularly or participate in any physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Quit smoking as this increases cholesterol, hardens the arteries and causes other blood vessels to constrict.
- Eat a healthy, well balanced diet that is high in fiber and low in fat
- Incorporate supplements such as gingko biloba, cod liver oil, omega 3 fish oils and garlic to improve circulation.
- Use hot and cold treatment (Hot and Cold Water Therapy for Circulation and Muscle Recovery)
- Feet and other extremities should be kept warm by wearing thermal or woolen socks.
- Keep swollen feet raised for short intervals to allow the blood to flow through and help the fluid to drain from the feet.