by C. Markus on December 19th, 2011 at 7:00 am
The term circulation is most commonly associated with blood circulation in the body. Circulation is responsible for moving nutrients, gases and waste to and from cells, and helps stabilize body temperature and pH to maintain harmony. Poor blood circulation is a problem experienced by many; the causes are most frequently obesity and lack of movement. The legs and arms are usually affected the worst, due to the fact they are the furthest from your heart.
Common physical symptoms of circulation problems include numbness or tingling in your appendages, pain in your limbs, and paleness. There are also psychological side effects that may come in the form of memory loss, feelings of lethargy, dizziness and headaches. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is recommended to see a doctor immediately.
If left untreated, poor circulation can lead to stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more! Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to improve circulation.
Here are some tips to help with poor circulation.
- Exercise – One of the most common causes of poor circulation is physical inactivity, so to get your blood flowing, it is recommended to exercise 30 minutes a day.
- Quit Smoking – According to the National Cancer Society, smoking decreases circulation. Kick the habit and enjoy better circulation in no time.
- Eat Healthy – Eating an unhealthy diet can lead to diabetes and other diseases, known to cause poor circulation. Lack of essential vitamins is another major cause of poor circulation, so eat a balanced diet and get your daily vitamins.
- Stretch – Stretching promotes blood flow to your furthest limbs. Make sure to stretch slowly in order to prevent injury, and do not bounce while stretching.
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