These Are The 10 Indicators Of Dangerously Poor Blood Circulation
Almost all functions in our organism depend on how well blood circulates in our body, as blood is exactly what makes it possible for our brain and other organs to get the oxygen and the nutrients they need. It is because of this that people with circulation problems often suffer from compromised brain function and other organ damage. At a certain age, circulation is not a serious concern, but if not dealt with properly, circulation can become our biggest enemy.
There are many problems caused by bad circulation, but most of the time it is related to kidney failure, peripheral artery difficulties, and arthrosclerosis. Other diseases connected to it are blood clots, diabetes, obesity, and even heart dysfunction. Bad circulation is usually caused by smoking, excess use of alcohol, eating disorders, and difficult pregnancy.
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These are the signs our body gives us to indicate that its circulation is compromised:
Numb extremities mean in almost all cases that circulation is poor, which is why we feel so each time we put extra pressure on our feet or hands. This can also happen because we’ve compromised the shape of our nerves, exposed them to extremely low temperature, or because we lack vitamin B12 and magnesium. This condition is very common for patients suffering from diabetes, multiple sclerosis and underactive thyroid.
Swollen feet and hands are often connected to constant seating in the same position, malnutrition, obesity, aging, premenstrual syndromes or pregnancy. If it happens for a long period of time, though, this usually means that there is a process that stops blood from moving through our vessels, and that our kidneys cannot clean it. The swelling is actually caused by the accumulating blood in the surrounding tissues, which can eventually lead to extreme conditions such as leg ulcer.
If you have a problem like this, raise and keep your legs higher than the heart. Swelling will probably pass in a while, but in case it doesn’t, visit your doctor immediately.
3.Constant tiredness and fatigue
In most of the cases, fatigue is caused by physical exertion and consumption of medications, but in case you believe there is no reason for feeling tired all the time, there is ground to think it is circulation that is wasting your energy.
When not done properly, circulation interferes with other organs’ functions, which consequently lack nutrients and oxygen to keep you energized. This is why you are often breathless, you lack stamina, or you feel your muscles sore. Note, however, that the reasons for your fatigue can also be excess alcohol intake, caffeine, poor eating habits, stress and anxiety, or depression and grief.
A person with good circulation never has the feet and hands cold, and that’s because the body maintains a normal temperature. When blood is somehow stopped from reaching our extremities, including toes and fingers, they become cold. The best and immediate thing to do is to rub the affected area until blood is encouraged to flow, and until it becomes warmer.
People who always have their extremities cold should also check whether they have a problem with underactive thyroid, Raynaud’s syndrome, or peripheral neuropathy. All of these conditions require immediate medical attention.
Poor blood circulation can also mean different and improper blood pressure, which eventually causes veins to be swollen, twisted, or extremely visible. The most common area where this problem emerges is the legs, accompanied by a strange sensation of burning, itching, and heaviness.
Varicose veins can also be caused by heredity, unauthorized use of control pills, obesity, hormonal changes, restlessness and standing on constant basis.
In cases like these, doctors recommend using compression socks, and going to the doctor to ask for personalized treatment.
Slow healing and weakened immunity
Believe it or not, blood circulation has a lot to do with our immunity, because it causes organs to lack vitamins and minerals, and to become more prone to infections. What this means is that our organism will not have the strength to fight the bacteria attacking it. The first way to notice there is a problem is slow healing of our grazes, cuts, and wounds.
The best solution to recover immunity is to exercise, even if that means simply walking for half an hour a day. Improve your eating habits, drink more water, and you will soon feel much better.
Without proper blood flow, the most affected organs will be the reproductive ones, which may eventually fail to respond or sustain erection. Such condition can also be a result of aggressive arthrosclerosis, and may cause serious cardiovascular problems.
8.Unexpected hair loss
Sudden loss of hair can be related to plenty of dangerous conditions, most of them caused by improper blood distribution. What this means is that we’re not giving our scalp the right among of nutrients, and that’s why your hair becomes thin, dry, or falls out.
If you have a similar problem, use hair oil to prevent losing your hair, but also such you believe would improve the condition of your hair follicles. If you believe you need additional treatment, visit your doctor.
Another similar problem caused by bad circulation is dry skin and low quality nails, as in both cases the organism is not getting the nutrients it needs. Stress, hormonal imbalance, thyroid disorder, chronic illnesses, genetic facts, and iron deficiency can also lead to hair loss.
Feeling our chest heavy or tight is also related to poor circulation, and means that our heart doesn’t have the substances needed to function properly. Doctors call this condition angina pectoris, and warn that it may be connected with arthrosclerosis in the heart arteries.
If you have heartburn, stomach ulcer, respiratory infections, muscles spasms and indigestion, they can make your condition even worse. In this case, it is urgent to visit a doctor and to prevent the problem from escalating.
10.Cyanosis and skin discoloring
These conditions are rare, but they do happen with patients whose blood circulation is improper. In some cases, the blood color changes from red to extremely dark, and the skin around the gums, lips, and eyes becomes blue. The bruised look can even spread on toes and fingers.
If discoloration happens to a baby, it is of vital importance to confirm that there is no congenital heart disease, which is why you should immediately visit a doctor.
This is how you can deal with poor circulation and to improve it:
If you’re smoking, stop it immediately. Secondhand smoke doesn’t help either.
Drink decaffeinated coffee, or exclude coffee altogether. A cup of green tea will do much better.
Keep your body in an up straight position for as long as you can
Make use of contrast hydrotherapy (shower with cold and hot water, changing them constantly)
Use good shoes that don’t pressure your feet.
Make sure your diet is full of seeds, nuts, cayenne pepper, garlic, and onion, as they all improve circulation.
Avoid stress and depression.
Be active and exercise regularly.
Massage your body with olive and rosemary oil to stimulate blood movement. Make sure you’ve focused on the extremities.