Even though poor blood flow is usually harmless, it is often a sign that you might have a blocked artery in your body. Having a blood clot can be extremely serious because it can lead to life-threatening conditions such as strokes and heart attacks. In this article, we will go over the signs and symptoms so that you know the right course of action.
We recommend that whatever conclusions you come to after reading this article that you go see your doctor as soon as you can get an appointment and get the proper testing. This isn’t the kind of thing you want to wait around about.
To say this another way, poor circulation means you are in poor health and you need to go see your doctor. It could mean anything ranging from low blood pressure to heart problems to diabetes.
Here are some other causes of blood circulation:
– Fast food
– Sitting too much
This is why good circulation is important:
Every organ in your body depends on your free-flowing blood to receive the vital nutrients needed to function. Even if we slow down this process it can damage important organs like the brain and heart.
Think of a traffic jam on the 405 in Los Angeles for instance. When this happens, there is zero productivity happening; no one is getting anything done (let’s pretend iPhones don’t exist for a minute) or delivering goods to areas that need it. In order for the city and surrounding areas to “stay alive,” we need traffic to flow. Chronically tired? Cramping up? Pain in your legs? This could be signs that you have peripheral artery disease.
Here is the scary part, physicians frequently fail to detect peripheral artery disease (PAD) because the symptoms look like so 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. 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.
What is PAD precisely?
It appears when plaque builds up in your arteries. It is a condition called atherosclerosis. Your arteries can be constricted or hardened over time and your body will start choking. This condition usually affect your leg arteries.
These are the most common symptoms:
– Slower healing than normal
– Shiny skin
– Loss of hair on the legs
– Numbness in legs
– Cramping and leg pain
You may neglect the symptoms as they’re quite common, so you must pay special attention and do something as a prevention.
Prevention and Treatment
These are the 3 best suggestions:
– Eating a diet based on plants
– Increased physical activity
– Stop drinking alcohol and quit smoking
Dietwise, consider eating more ginger (put it in your smoothies) and garlic. Vitamin E is particularly good for circulation, so nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds.
Also, you can’t go wrong with getting more antioxidants vitamins C, D, and E, beta-carotene, and selenium. This means hit your local farmer’s market and stock up on organic fruits and veggies.
Please watch the video below for movements that can improve the circulation and health of your legs.