Poor circulation is never good by itself, but it does mean that your arteries are blocked. Clogged arteries can kill you. That’s why it’s important to know the signs so you can catch it in time.
In almost all cases, poor circulation means you are in poor health and should see a doctor. It can mean anything from low blood pressure to heart disease and diabetes.
What are some other things that can impair circulation?
Too much sitting (see video below for exercises to help circulation)
Eating fast food, eating a lot
Obesity (imagine that)
Why is good circulation important?
Every organ in your body depends on your free-flowing blood to get the nutrients it needs to function properly. Even if we slow down this process, it can damage vital organs like the brain and heart.
For example, imagine traffic jams on the 405 in Los Angeles.
If this happens, productivity will be zero; No one is doing anything (assuming no iPhones) or delivering goods to the places that need them. We absolutely need traffic to keep our cities and surrounding areas alive.
Are you chronically tired? WRITING? HURTING FEET?
This could be a sign that you have peripheral artery disease.
According to the American Heart Association, the scary part is that doctors often fail to diagnose peripheral artery disease (PAD) because the symptoms can look like many other health problems. Make no mistake, PAD can be very serious, so it’s important to do your own thing to help your doctor diagnose the problem.
Make no mistake, PAD can be very serious, so it’s important to do your own thing to help your doctor diagnose the problem.
So what exactly is a PAD?
This happens when plaque builds up in the arteries, which is called atherosclerosis. Over the years, this plaque hardens and narrows the arteries, slowly suffocating your body. PAD usually affects the veins in the legs.
Leg pain and swelling
Slower than normal healing
Hair loss on legs
Remember that none of the above-mentioned symptoms may occur or may not be very noticeable, so it is better to focus on preventive measures.
Prevention and treatment
Here are our top 3 recommendations:
Increase physical activity
Consume plant-based foods
Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
Consider eating more ginger (put it in your smoothies) and garlic in your diet. Nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds, as vitamin E is good for circulation.
And you can’t go wrong getting more antioxidant vitamins C, D, E, beta-carotene, and selenium. That means going to your local farmer’s market and stocking up on organic fruits and vegetables. If you liked this post, I would greatly appreciate it if you could help spread the word by emailing a friend or sharing it on Pinterest. Thank you!