Signs you have poor circulation

Are you aware of what to look out for with poor circulation?


Helen Cosgrove
@AVogelUK


17 September 2015

The importance of good circulation

Good circulation is incredibly important! Not only does it transport blood around our bodies to distribute oxygen and nutrients to our cells, but it also removes waste and toxins.

When poor circulation occurs, blood doesn’t flow as freely through the body as it should, leading to blockages in the arteries. This is bad news for some very important organs, such as the heart and the brain, which rely on receiving these important nutrients in order to function properly, so keeping your circularity system in optimum condition is vital.

Causes of poor circulation

There are a number of reasons for poor circulation, including age, general health, hereditary factors, such as parents having poor circulation, as well as lack of exercise and diet, to name but a few.

A poor circulatory system can lead to several minor health complaints such tinnitus, Raynaud’s Syndrome, memory loss, lumps in blood vessels and varicose veins, as well as cramps and pins and needles. It’s important to recognise the signs of poor circulation and know how to improve it so to help avoid or ease the symptoms of these conditions.

Are there any herbal remedies that might help?

If you find that a long day sitting at your desk leaves you with stiff, aching legs, you might want to try an extract of Horse Chestnut to complement your leg exercises.

Our extract of Horse Chestnut, Venagel, is great for relieving tired, aching legs. Just rub a little on the affected area to relieve your symptoms.

Signs of poor circulation

There are a several signs to look out for which can suggest that you may have poor circulation. These include:

  • Cold feet and toes – not just in winter time
  • Cold hands and fingers
  • Feeling numb in certain parts of the body, especially the extremities
  • Feeling tired or having a lack of energy for much of the time
  • Some hair loss can be because of bad blood flow
  • Having regular dizzy spells
  • If your skin gets dry even though you drink plenty of water
  • Swelling and water retention, especially in the feet
  • Lumps in blood vessels and varicose veins
  • Headaches
  • Cramps and pins and needles
  • Blotches and blemishes in the skin

Diet and lifestyle

Circulatory difficulties can be treated with medication. However, many people prefer a more natural approach. There are many lifestyle changes that you can implement which will have a greater positive effect long term. This can involve dietary changes as well as getting more exercise to help improve the blood flow around the body.

There are also a number of brilliant herbs which have been shown to have a great effect at improving circulation. The three main herbs which have been proven to have a positive effect include:

Garlic – this is a fantastic herb for increasing blood circulation in the feet and hands, and will also reduce clogging in arteries if eaten raw daily, in moderation.

Ginkgo biloba – this improves blood flow and strengthens blood vessels. Ginkgo biloba is also anti-inflammatory, relaxes the lungs and improves blood flow to the heart.

Ginger – this helps the body to dispel cold and has characteristics which, through the digestive process, can help warm the limbs. Eating a little amount of ginger with your porridge or in a tea can boost circulation.

What you eat has a direct impact on your health and circulation

Certain foods, such as oranges, spicy food, garlic and fish, are excellent for aiding your circulation. Other foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat will have the opposite effect, and so if you are having circulatory problems it is advisable to avoid or cut down on them as much as possible.

Get up and move to boost your circulation

Keeping moving is one of the best ways to keep your circulatory system happy and healthy, so try to avoid sitting all day at a computer or iPad screen and get up and about (this will give your eyes a much needed break too!). Even simple things such as household chores or gardening can be of benefit as can walking or swimming.

Why not try Yoga as a form of exercise, as it can provide numerous benefits, including lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. High amounts of stress can affect your nervous system and can lead to acceleration of the heart rate, constriction of blood vessels, and heightened blood pressure as part of the fight or flight response.

More lifestyle tips

Stop smoking – we know how difficult it is to quit, but the idea here is to keep those blood vessels clear. Smoking constricts them and, apart from other health concerns, can also give you puffy ankles.

Drink plenty of water – circulation is vital to all of the body’s functions, and water makes up a large part of blood volume, so drink 5 to 6 glasses a day.

Keep yourself warm – people with poor circulation tend to feel the cold more often, so wrap up well with extra socks and clothes or use a hot water bottle. This can help your circulation, increasing blood flow to your extremities.

Are any of the signs of poor circulation familiar to you?

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    Jenny mcculloch — 10.09.2017 15:14
    Hi. Around a yr ago my circulation was poor where I couldn't feelnthe tips of my fingers and was numb xold despite sitting with my hands to a heater. Anyway time passed and i forgot about it. Then fast forward to now..10 days ago I woke up in the night with a numb arm it was.my hole arm.i had to get up.move it around before I got it back to normal which took a while to do.and then went back to sleep. And that's happened a couple of times. Tho in the last 4-5 days everytime I sit down my legs and arms go. Its just ridiculous now. I.am trying to get on with it but at the point where I'm gonna have to go the doctors. I am a smoker smoke around 6 a day,.feel so guilty for smoking and trying so hard to quit (I started up again last yr after quitting for 4 yrs) my work life is so pressured and stressful which doesn't help. Anyway I'm making myself fruit.smoothies and.buying all the not from concentrate one and I'm taking cos liver oil. I am an active person running round all the time with work and.home life and I feel as soon as I sit down and put my feet up my feet/lower legs go numb. I'm just worried that when I do go the doctors they will fob me off.

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      helen cosgrove — 11.09.2017 16:12
      Hello Jenny, I hope you found the above article helpful. It is a good idea to stop smoking but it is not easy to do. I would suggest to get these symptoms checked out by the GP to clarify what is happening, as symptoms seem to be getting worse. Then you can see what the next step is in terms of treatment. In the meantime, you could look into a Vit B complex along with the herbal remedy Gingko biloba to aid circulation.

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    Jenny mcculloch — 09.09.2017 21:30
    Hi. Around a yr ago my circulation was poor where I couldn't feelnthe tips of my fingers and was numb xold despite sitting with my hands to a heater. Anyway time passed and i forgot about it. Then fast forward to now..10 days ago I woke up in the night with a numb arm it was.my hole arm.i had to get up.move it around before I got it back to normal which took a while to do.and then went back to sleep. And that's happened a couple of times. Tho in the last 4-5 days everytime I sit down my legs and arms go. Its just ridiculous now. I.am trying to get on with it but at the point where I'm gonna have to go the doctors. I am a smoker smoke around 6 a day,.feel so guilty for smoking and trying so hard to quit (I started up again last yr after quitting for 4 yrs) my work life is so pressured and stressful which doesn't help. Anyway I'm making myself fruit.smoothies and.buying all the not from concentrate one and I'm taking cos liver oil. I am an active person running round all the time with work and.home life and I feel as soon as I sit down and put my feet up my feet/lower legs go numb. I'm just worried that when I do go the doctors they will fob me off.

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    Helen — 11.04.2017 10:44
    Great page

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    • helen cosgrove's photo avatar
      helen cosgrove — 11.04.2017 11:44
      Thank you for your comment!!

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