Globally 86% of all deaths are related to the cardiovascular system and problems with poor blood circulation. The fact is our blood vessels become more restricted as we age, this can be due to poor diet, lack of nutrients and lifestyle issues.
The heart requires blood to bring oxygen and nutrients to its muscle tissue. The narrowing of the arteries due to blockages and the capillaries losing their ability to relax makes it harder for the blood to flow and this increases resistance which makes the heart have to beat harder to push the blood through these areas of resistance.
All of these result in poor blood circulation and can cause high blood pressure. If this blockage occurs in the arteries of the heart, coronary arteries, heart muscle damage can occur, resulting in a heart attack.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Our bodies contain more than 100,000km of blood vessels
It ‘s a staggering figure and these blood vessels carry oxygen and nutrients into – and toxins out of – the brain, inner organs, muscles, skeleton system and skin. Signs of poor circulation can include: headache dizziness, pounding in ears and a bloody nose.
The good news is that if we provide the necessary nutrients to the body we can help restore blood vessel tone and flexibility and this has a positive effect on helping to lower blood pressure because of less resistance to blood flow.
It’s likely that you already have poor blood circulation and are at risk of cardiovascular disease if:
a) You smoke – all forms of tobacco are proven to be detrimental to heart health.
b) You have diabetes
d) Your diet is high in saturated fats and processed foods
e) Family history – Children of parents that developed heart disease before the age of 55 have a higher risk of developing heart disease
f) You exercise less than 30 minutes per day. Inactivity puts you at a higher risk
g) You are over 40 or a post-menopausal woman. Risk of heart disease increases over the age of 45 in males, over 55 in females
h) You consume more than two alcoholic drinks per day.
i) You have high blood pressure or need medication to control your blood pressure
Let’s look at 5 of the Warning Signs or symptoms of poor blood flow:
• Pins and Needles: particularly in the extremities (hands and feet) can likewise be a sign of poor blood circulation. Pins and Needles can also be a sign of a dietary deficiency of vitamin B12 or magnesium, as well as a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, and an underactive thyroid but the root cause of any of these is still poor blood circulation.
• Cold Hands and Feet: Good blood circulation will keep your body at a healthy body temperature. When blood circulation is poor, the body cannot preserve its regular temperature level, leading to cold hands and feet. Blood is unable to travel quickly to the furthest parts of your body, such as your fingers and toes due to poor blood circulation.
Reduced oxygen levels aka poor blood circulation results in cold extremities. Common causes of cold hands and feet are an underactive thyroid, Raynaud’s syndrome and peripheral neuropathy, once again these all are related to a root cause of poor blood circulation.
• Swelling: swelling in your feet can be due to a number of reasons such as sitting or standing in one position for an extended period, malnutrition, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and pregnancy. However, if you struggle with swelling (oedema) for an extended period of time, it may be because of poor blood circulation. Fluid leeches out into the surrounding tissues due to lack of blood flow, the kidneys are not able to perform the process of keeping fluid in the blood vessels where it belongs.
Consult a medical professional if you have consistent or extreme swelling.
• Tiredness: If you are continuously tired and feel fatigued and exhausted this can indicate poor blood circulation as organs have a hard time performing their normal functions as they are not getting enough oxygen and nutrients. The lack of oxygen and nutrients can also affect the muscles so you may suffer from a lack of endurance and sore muscles.
Extreme alcohol usage, excessive intake of caffeine, lack of exercise, poor sleep, an unhealthy diet anxiety, and stress will all cause tiredness and fatigue as these factors all affect how your body functions and will impact your blood circulation.
• Low Immunity and Slow Healing: Poor blood flow and a weak circulatory system will have a direct influence on your immune system. Poor blood flow means that the minerals and vitamins that your body needs to deal with infections are not being distributed quickly and in the necessary quantities. This affects your body’s capability to identify and combat infections. With a weakened immune system, you may get sick more often and cuts, injuries and grazes may take longer to heal.
So hopefully you now understand that good blood flow is vital for good health. Your blood helps transfer nutrients and oxygen to every part of your body. Any issue with your circulatory system can lead to a range of other health issues and if left without treatment, it can cause major damage to your brain, heart, liver, kidneys and limbs.
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