Every part of the body relies on a healthy circulatory system to keep your organs properly supplied with oxygen. When your blood circulation is poor, it slows the blood flow depriving your body parts of needed nutrients and oxygen. Poor blood circulation is most common in your legs and feet. Yes, “poor leg circulation” can be dangerous for your health and well-being. Symptoms or poor leg circulation are often and easy to spot. It can be critical to know the symptoms of poor leg circulation.
Most Common Signs & Symptoms of Poor Blood Circulation:
- Tingling / Burning sensation in the arms or legs
- Daily – Numbness in the arms or legs
- Pain and throbbing in the limbs – most common arms and legs
- Cold feet & Achy legs
- Legs, Feet and Arm Swelling & Heaviness
- Leg and Muscle cramping
The restricted blood flow is what causes the numbness. When the blood is not able to return to the heart properly, this can cause swelling and heaviness if the arms legs and feet.
Most Common Causes of Poor Blood Circulation:
- Drinking Alcohol and smoking
- Inadequate sleep
- Chronic Diseases
- Poor Diet
- Long periods of sitting and standing
- Wrong sitting and standing postures
- Lack of exercise
- Unnecessary Stress
In “WebMD” https://www.webmd.com/dvt/ss/slideshow-dvt-improve-circulation article, Medically Reviewed by Dany Paul Baby, MD on March 06, 2022. A must-read article, titled How to Improve Your Circulation, I quote…
“It’s hard to believe, but your body holds about 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Along with your heart and other muscles, they make up your circulatory system. This network of roadways carries blood to every corner of your body. But when your circulation is poor, it slows or blocks the blood flow. That means the cells in your body can’t get all the oxygen and nutrients they need.”
There are many simple and effective ways to improve your blood circulation. These simple changes do NOT require any surgical intervention or intake of medicine.
Helpful & Simple Ways to Increase Circulation in Your Legs:
- Exercise / Movement / Walking
Try simple exercises such as yoga, swimming, stretching, biking, running, walking. You may want to start out small with these exercises, taking short 10-minute warm-ups. After a couple of weeks, you may be able to do 30 to 40 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. All these exercises will boost your blood flow.
- Our Everyday Diet
- The foods we put in our bodies has a huge effect on our health. Eating JUNK food can cause improper blood circulation. Choose the right and healthy foods is one of the best tools we have for improving blood circulation
- See below a list of some Good Foods for Improving and Boosting Good Circulation…
- SALMON, tuna, herring, sole and mackerel are a cold-water fish, full of omega-3 fats, which is healthy fats that can reduce and lower your triglyceride levels. Good food for the heart and circulatory system.
- Raw NUTS such as walnuts and almonds are a great source of magnesium and L-arginine. Magnesium helps arteries relax so they can expand and contract, L-arginine produces nitric oxide to help arteries dilate.
- Citrus FRUITS such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit contain high levels of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids to help the flow of blood through the body by strengthening the capillary walls.
- Dark and Leafy Veggies helps cleanse and detoxify the blood and liver. Greens such as spinach, kale, mustard turnips, and green leafy lettuce are a great source of Vitamin C and K to improve and filter the blood.
- Flat SEEDS, Pumpkin SEEDS & Sunflower SEEDS are good source of Vitamin E and Omega 3’s, to help keep blood clots from forming and provides a good boost of Fiber which is good for the heart. Grind these tiny seeds up into a powder and add to cereal, applesauce, or yogurt.
- WEAR Compression Stocking’s
Compression stockings can help to improve your blood flow, and to reduce swelling and pain of poor leg circulation. Why do they help? Because compression stockings compress your legs, they open your veins for the blood to flow more freely back towards the heart. The compression especially in the ankle and calf area causes leg muscles to contract and relax often, which is good. Consequently, with your blood flowing the right direction, it is less likely for the blood to pool in your lower ankles. Wearing them maybe the most important way to manage further symptoms. Rescue Legs offers and recommends a couple of light compression stockings and socks for beginners who want to try, feel, and see the difference when wearing compression legwear. The Natural brand provides a soft two way stretch light weight support knee high for men and women.
Feel free to call our Toll Free # at 1-844-629-9642 and one of our Certified Fitting Specialists will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help with your leg measurements, if needed.
CONCLUSION: Don’t wait and then react to the serious conditions that come about because of poor leg circulation. Start now, proactively working to prevent them to ensure good and proper circulation and the health of your veins. We have learned several conditions can lead to poor leg circulation. When some of these symptoms are caught (early) most conditions and diseases that lead to poor circulation can be treated with simple (selfcare) effective ways. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet will help improve poor circulation. Also, try a pair of light compression socks to boost good blood flow. Start now, proactively working to ensure good and proper circulation and the health of your veins.
Written by Gwen Marion our “Certified Fitting Specialists” on March 21, 2022.