What It Means When Your Circulation Is Poor And 4 Things You Can Do About It

What It Means When Your Circulation Is Poor And 4 Things You Can Do About It
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Your circulatory system is essential for everything -- from delivering nutrients to your cells to eliminating waste and toxins from your body. When it doesn't function properly, your health will suffer. You might experience open wounds which don't heal, heart attacks, and strokes among other ailments. So, how do you know if you might be suffering from poor circulation?

Curejoy.com lists the symptoms of poor circulation which include: aching legs, pain during exercise, muscle weakness and atrophy, feeling coldness in your extremities, numbness, bluish or purplish tinged skin, brittle nails, hair loss on legs and feet, erectile dysfunction (in men), also confusion and feeling lightheaded. All of these might be indicators of much greater health problems.

Some of the most common causes of poor circulation include atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which can occur in the brain, heart, and other parts of the body (peripheral artery disease, or PAD), high blood sugar, blood clots, infections, inflammation of the arteries, and Raynaud's disease.

While medical procedures and medications may be necessary to correct problems with circulation, making some simple lifestyle changes will help ensure lasting results. Here are four things you can do to improve your circulation and enjoy more vibrant health and longevity. As always, see your physician before embarking on any diet, exercise, or lifestyle-changing program.

Eat A More Balanced Diet

Your body needs good nutrition to perform optimally. That means consuming the appropriate amount of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water. Eliminating highly refined and processed foods will greatly reduce excess sodium and sugar which cause constriction of veins and arteries. Also, avoid or eliminate saturated fats and alcohol. A steady diet of these foods can cause poor circulation which leads to heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.

Choose Foods That Lower Your Risk

Out with the bad, in with the good. Once you have eliminated junk food and processed foods, replace them with options that remove cholesterol and improve circulation. Chickpeas and oatmeal contain fiber which binds to cholesterol and transports it out of the body. Ginger and garlic are known to reduce cholesterol and also the likelihood of developing blood clots. Beetroot juice may also reduce the chance for blood clots while helping to manage blood pressure.

Exercise Regularly

Living a sedentary lifestyle opens the door to a myriad of health problems, including poor circulation. The single best solution is to exercise regularly. Even if you only engage in brisk walking four or five days per week, you will see great health benefits. Make sure you check with your doctor before you start a new program to choose the best kind of exercise for your overall health condition.

Stop Smoking. Immediately.

There are countless reasons why smoking is bad for you. It weakens the heart, increases the risk for heart disease, reduces lung capacity and lung function, reduces the amount of oxygen delivered to the body, increases blood pressure and clotting, reduces the amount of healthy cholesterol in the body, and more. If you want to improve circulation, leave the cigarettes alone. Stat.

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