Although the symptoms of poor circulation are generally noticeable, they are usually indicative of a serious underlying health condition. The role of the circulatory system is to provide your body with nutrients, oxygen and blood. A hindrance in this system prevents specific parts of your body from receiving essential nutrients. In most cases, poor circulation affects the flow of blood to and from your extremities. Poor circulation isn’t a condition itself but can result in various conditions like obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, and arterial issues. It is important when experiencing the symptoms of poor blood flow to see a doctor and take preventative measures to relieve the symptoms.
What Causes Poor Blood Flow Circulation
Poor blood flow can be a result of several serious underlying medical conditions that affect your circulatory system which carries oxygen-rich blood to your extremities. The following are some of the most common factors that cause poor blood flow:
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
- Blood Clots
- Varicose Veins
- Raynaud’s Disease
What are the Long Term Effects if Untreated
Poor circulation that was once localized to an extremity could develop into a lack of oxygen reaching your vital organs including the brain and heart. Mental and physical function can be affected if untreated. Risks can include cardiovascular failure or stroke. It is important to contact your doctor if you think you are experiencing any symptoms.
How Can You Improve Blood Flow Circulation
Unfortunately, if you don’t work to do something about your poor circulation, it won’t get better on its own. Completely eliminating poor blood flow starts with treating the underlying cause through lifestyle changes, medication, or surgery. Here are some things you can start doing to help increase blood flow:
Consistent Movement and Stretching
With poor blood circulation, blood may have trouble flowing to and from the heart. Stimulating your muscles will force blood to be pushed toward the heart. Regularly assisting your veins in pumping blood will increase blood flow and relieve numbness and tingling sensations. Similarly, stretching will assist in moving blood flow that might have become slowed or pooled from long periods of sitting.
Wearing Compression Socks
Compression socks are designed to apply gentle pressure on your legs and ankles to encourage better blood flow to your heart. Additionally, by applying this pressure, they reduce extra fluid in the legs and reduce inflammation which, in turn, improves blood flow. You can purchase compression socks at most pharmacies and online retailers.
Eating a Heart-Healthy Diet
Although circulatory issues are often treated with medication, eating certain foods can help relieve symptoms and prevent the condition from worsening. The foods listed below are known to reduce blood pressure, decrease inflammation, and help oxygen circulation in the blood.
- Pomegranate Juice
- Leafy Greens
Avoiding or Quitting Smoking
Chemicals in cigarette smoke cause the cells that line your blood vessels to swell resulting in the vessels narrowing. This can lead to many cardiovascular conditions. In fact, smoking is the most common and preventable cause of Peripheral Arterial Disease.
Professional Vein Care
If you are dealing with blood flow circulation issues and are looking for further solutions, contact Kafri Wellness Center at 619-434-0204 today to schedule a consultation. Our team can diagnose your problem and work with you to find the best solutions to improve your vein health.