Bad circulation is not something one should neglect it, since it can indicate that you have blocked arteries.
Blocked artery can have disastrous consequences. Therefore, it is essential to be able to identify the signs so you can prevent this in time.
However, poor circulation is an indicator of poor health and you should see your doctor. Conditions are ranging from 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
• Obesity (imagine that)
Why is good circulation important?
Good blood flow is important so you can receive the vital nutrients needed to function. Even if we slow down this process it can cause damage to important organs like the brain and heart.
Chronically tried? Cramping up? Pain in your legs are signs of peripheral artery disease.
What is considered frightening is that physicians frequently don’t manage to detect peripheral artery disease (PAD) because the symptoms are similar to many other health issues, according to the American Heart Association. And make no mistake; PAD 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 PAD?
This happens due to plaque builds up in the arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis. During the years, this plaque can harden and constrict the arteries, essentially slowly choking your body. PAD 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
You need to remember that these above symptoms may not occur or be noticeable, so it’s recommended to take some 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 especially beneficial for circulation, so increase the consumption of nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds. You can also get more antioxidants vitamins C, D, and E, beta-carotene, and selenium.