Poor Circulation in healthy people

Blood circulation is the course the blood takes from the heart through to the arteries, capillaries, and veins and back again to the heart.

Poor circulation is the inadequacy of blood flow to a particular area. Being aged over 50, certain illnesses, immobility, smoking or obesity are amongst many of the risks that increase your chance of developing poor circulation.

Symptoms

Normally seen in the hands, legs and feet, symptoms of poor circulation can be:

  • Cramping of the buttocks, legs or feet
  • Heavy legs
  • Painful legs and feet
  • Swelling in the legs and feet
  • Tired, aching feet and legs
  • Low temperature in your hands, legs or feet

How to improve poor circulation

Exercise – Exercise promotes natural movement of blood through the legs and around the body. Gentle exercise like walking, cycling and swimming is an excellent way of improving blood circulation.

Health Eating - Reducing your intake of sugar and fat will help to thin the blood, allowing it to flow easier through the body. A balanced diet and increasing fibre intake will help the body remove dietary fat, thus further increasing blood flow.

No Smoking – Smoking really impairs the circulation of blood as it can cause hardening of the arteries and higher cholesterol.

Stress - Stress may cause the body to divert blood flow from the feet and the other extremities, causing poor circulation in these areas. Relieving stress through exercise may help to improve blood circulation in the feet.

Cold feet - Soaking the feet in a warm tub may provide temporary relief for poor circulation in the feet, but this is not a long term solution.

References

NHS
The Circulation Foundation
The British Heart Foundation
MedLinePlus
Vein Directory

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