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How is Your Circulation? 10 Warning Signs That You May Have Poor Blood Circulation

Poor circulation can be very unpleasant. It can occur in men, women and children. If it isn’t handled, it can lead to a lifetime of discomfort and even more serious problems.

Problems start once blood flow become restricted to certain parts of the body. Often people notice it at the extremities of the body such as the toes or fingers. However, it can affect everywhere.
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One common cause is a build up of plaque on the insides of the blood vessels and capillaries.

This is usually caused by fat build-up on the inner cell walls.

In mild situations this can just cause a little discomfort. However, if it worsens it can become rather serious.

Some of these more serious conditions can be high blood pressure, heart problems, hypertension, organ damage, strokes, varicose veins, kidney issues, and other blood restriction difficulties which may arise.

Poor circulation  also 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.

 The Symptoms:

1. Cold Limbs
Your circulatory system pumps blood throughout your entire body. However, if you have a weakened system, blood has a tougher time reaching your extremities.

Perpetually cold fingers, hands, toes, feet, or lower legs can indicate a circulation problem.

2. Discoloration
When blood travels through your body, it provides essential oxygen. With less blood comes less oxygen. This deprivation can discolor your skin over time.

If you have poor circulation, you may notice a bluish hue or a bruised look to your legs or feet.

3. Leg Ulcers
When your blood flow decreases, your limbs will struggle to maintain regular health. In some patients, this can result in leg ulcers.

Ulcers appear as dry, inflamed red patches. On most individuals, leg ulcers appear about the same size as an egg and appear near or on the feet.

4. Numbness
Like cold, numbness results when circulation to your extremities wanes. Your limbs may fall asleep when pressure or your position decreases blood flow. But unexplained and/or frequent numbness can indicate a chronic circulation issue.

Numbness often appears in tandem with a chill in the extremities.

5. Serious Medical Conditions
Some medical conditions can cause circulation issues. If you have these conditions, you may already have circulation problems or develop them later in life. The most common of these conditions are:

Diabetes, which causes nerve damage
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, which can slow the heartbeat
Hypothyroidism, which slows all the body’s processes
If your podiatrist determines that you have poor circulation, you may also want to undergo testing for these diseases and others like them since they often occur together.

6. Swelling
Swelling can occur for a number of reasons, but serious swelling in the hands or feet without an accompanying injury may indicate advanced circulatory problems. This swelling results from the body’s inability to supply nutrients which work to keep fluid contained within the blood vessels.

Once this fluid begins to leave the blood vessels, it causes the affected area to increase in size. Contact a medical professional immediately if you notice sudden, unexplained swelling.

7. Varicose Veins
Varicose veins occur as a direct result of circulation problems. A patient with this condition may notice that the veins in his or her legs appear dark, swollen, twisted, and discolored.

For many patients, varicose veins becomes unsightly, itchy, or even painful without treatment.

8. Weakened Nails
When your extremities lose the nutrients supplied by regular blood flow, the health of your hair and nails changes. You may experience hair loss due to this, but most patients also experience a change in nail strength and texture.

If your nails, on either your hands or feet, become weak, easy to chip, or thinner, it may indicate a circulation problem.

9.Loss of Appetite
Another less obvious symptom of poor circulation is loss of appetite. Your gastrointestinal tract needs blood in order to digest food and transport nutrients from the intestines to the rest of your body. When blood flow slows down, your digestion can easily become impaired. You’ll feel less hungry, but not eating enough means that your metabolism will suffer as well.

10. Erectile Dysfunction
In men, poor blood circulation leading to reduce blood flow in the reproductive organs may also cause contribute to erectile dysfunction. This problem is characterized by consistent problems in achieving or sustaining an erection.

What are the common causes of poor circulation?
The common causes of poor circulation are: smoking, anxiety, diabetes, high cholesterol, weight gain, high blood pressure, heart problems, anemia, asthma, food allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema, eating disorders, and many others. A doctor will need to determine the cause before administering treatment.

How to  Prevent Poor Circulation?

1.Try going for some gentle exercise each day. This can be a walk, house work,swimming or anything that is not too strenuous to start with.

2.Start eating a healthy, well balanced diet. Keep your cholesterol under control by cutting out unnecessary fats.

3.Consider taking some omega 3 fish oils. This can be as a supplement or you can add more oily fish to your diet.

4.If you smoke – then quit! If you are serious about improving your health then you can’t smoke. It is as simple as that!

5.Use hot and cold treatment. This involves putting the affected body part in the warmth and then alternating it with something colder. This could be a bowl of warm water and a different bowl of colder water.

6.Or you can use a warm water bottle and a packet of frozen peas etc. Just alternate between the two for 30 seconds or so at a time for each. Just remember: Not too hot – Not too cold. Be sensible.

7.Wear extra socks to keep warmer. BUT make sure they are not too tight. You don’t want to restrict the blood flow even more. It can be rather surprising just how much warmer your toes can feel with an extra pair of socks on.

8.You can also try some relaxation techniques such as a little meditation or listening to music. This can be very soothing and can really lift your spirits and reduce stress levels.

9.Try to not stay too long in one position such as sitting at an office desk etc. Take a break at least every hour or so. Even for just a minute and go and stretch your legs a little.

10.Try the herb combination of Garlic, Cayenne, Ginkgo Biloba and Ginger. This great product has been sold worldwide for over 12 years.