Having poor circulation doesn’t always mean that you have something serious and life-threatening, but it means that poor circulation is a symptom of having a blocked artery and you may need to act immediately.
Poor blood circulation is an indication that something isn’t something right and therefore needs your attention. In this article, we will go over the signs and symptoms so that you know the right course of action.
We recommend that whatever conclusions you come to after reading this article that you go see your doctor as soon as you can get an appointment and get the proper testing. This isn’t the kind of thing you want to wait around about.
To say this another way, poor circulation means you are in poor health and you need to go see your doctor. It could mean anything ranging from low blood pressure to heart problems to diabetes.
What are some other things that may cause bad circulation?
- Sitting too much (see video at bottom for exercises to help circulation)
- Eating fast food, a lot
Why is good circulation important?
Every organ in your body depends on your free-flowing blood to receive the essential nutrients needed to function. Even if we slow down this process it can damage vital organs like the brain and heart.
Chronically tired? Cramping up? Pain in your legs?
This could be signs that you have peripheral artery disease.
Here is the scary part, physicians frequently fail to detect peripheral artery disease (PAD) because the symptoms look like so many other health issues, according to the American Heart Association. And make no mistake, peripheral artery disease can be very serious so it’s important to take matters into your own hands to help the doctor accurately see the problem.
So, what exactly is peripheral artery disease (PAD)?
This occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis. Over the years, this plaque can harden and constrict the arteries, essentially slowly choking your body. Peripheral artery disease normally affects the arteries in the legs.
- Leg pain and cramping
- Numbness in legs
- Slower than normal healing
- Loss of hair on the legs
- Shiny skin
Keep in mind that none of the above symptoms may occur or be as noticeable, so it’s best to put your attention towards preventive care measures.
Prevention and treatment
Here are our top 3 suggestions:
- Increasing physical activity
- Eating a plant-based diet
- Quitting smoking and drinking alcohol
Dietwise, consider eating more ginger (put it in your smoothies) and garlic. Vitamin E is particularly good for circulation, so nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds.
Also, you can’t go wrong with getting more antioxidants vitamins C, D, and E, beta-carotene, and selenium. This means hit your local farmer’s market and stock up on organic fruits and veggies.
1. Cayenne pepper
The active ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin. It stimulates the heart, regulating the blood flow and strengthening the arteries and capillaries. It will not only get the blood pumped around your body, but it will strengthen your heart, and clear your arteries. Also, capsaicin relieves symptoms linked to poor blood circulation including cold feet and hands, pain, headaches, and tingling sensations in the legs.
Ginger is a common kitchen ingredient which is highly beneficial for stimulating blood circulation. The regular consumption of ginger prevents the formation of blood clots in the body, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. This root is loaded with gingerols and zingerone, which have a warming effect on the body, and consequently, improves blood circulation.
3. Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba is another all-round circulation booster. It is most widely know for its ability to improve memory, due to its ability to increase blood flow to the brain. In Germany, ginkgo is used by physicians to treat varicose veins and poor circulation. It can be found a form of capsules or pills.
4. Horse chestnut
Horse chestnut herb is widely used, especially for treatment of poor circulation and varicose veins. The active compound in horse chestnut is called escin, which not only reduce inflammation but also strengthens the capillary walls.
5. Fish oil
Fish oil is another healthy and natural way to solve your circulation problems. It can be of great help as it removes fat deposits from the arterial walls, which leads to proper blood circulation. Moreover, fish oil raises HDL or good cholesterol in the body. You can consume it by eating fish at least once a week, or you can take dietary supplements.