Do you know that your body works continuously to circulate more than five liters of blood through your body? Blood circulation helps the body organs to function, transport nutrients and hormones and regulate body temperature etc.
Poor circulation may not show up easily and because of its silent nature, it may pose many health risks without you being aware of. It is important to diagnose it early and this article will help you out in finding out the early signs of poor blood circulation.
Poor circulation can affect people of all ages and if left untreated, it can cause serious damage to your brain, heart, liver, kidney and limbs. However, it's most common in elderly people but should be taken seriously at any age.
The build up of plaque inside the blood vessels and other factors slow down the blood circulation and thus limit the effective transportation of blood to the heart, arms, legs, heart, and other important areas of the body.
Some lifestyle habits such as smoking, lack of exercise, long sitting hours, wrong eating habits and medical conditions make an individual susceptible to this issue. Pregnancy and weight gain also causes impaired blood circulation.
Have a look at some warning signs of poor blood circulation.
Cold Hands And Feet
Proper blood circulation helps maintain normal body temperature. However, poor circulation causes the body temperature drop from the optimum level. This can result in fever, chills, cold hands and feet.
Swelling Of Hands And Feet
Poor blood circulation also affects the kidneys which cause swelling of hands and feet known as odema. Fluid gets accumulated in your hands and feet causing puffiness and discomfort.
There will be less oxygen and nutrients fueling the muscles due to impaired circulation. This makes you feel tired. Poor circulation also causes shortening of breath, sore muscles and less endurance during daily activities.
Poor blood circulation also causes insufficient amount of blood flow in the reproductive organs. This causes erectile dysfunction and makes it difficult to perform sexual tasks.
Impaired blood circulation also results in less blood pumping throughout your body including the gastrointestinal tract. This causes slow digestion and constipation.
Poor Brain Function
Proper blood flow is important for the brain to function. Poor blood circulation makes you feel dizzy. Lack of concentration and impaired memory are some symptoms.
Weak Immune System
The body's ability to fight against foreign bodies (which cause infections) is also affected by poor blood circulation as the antibodies will also be sluggish. As a result of this, you will be experiencing frequent episodes of illnesses. Injuries and wounds will also take time to heal.
Lack Of Appetite
Poor blood circulation to the liver prevents hunger signals from reaching the brain. This causes people to eat less due to lack of appetite and there will be weight loss.
Since oxygen is not supplied to the body tissues and organs due to impaired blood circulation, the colour of your skin changes and gets purplish or blue known as cyanosis. Your fingers and toes will have a slightly bruised look as well.
Weak Nails And Hair Loss
Due to impaired blood circulation, several organs don't receive enough nutrients. This deprive the hair, skin and nails of essential vitamins and minerals. There will be hair fall, dry hair, dry skin, fragile nails etc.
Poor circulation may increase the pressure inside the veins. This results in swelling and twisting beneath the skin especially near the ankles and feet. This can also be experienced when we sit for longer hours. There is a consequent itchiness and pain as well.
Poor blood circulation causes small sores or rashes on the skin of the legs. There may also be dry red patches of different sizes digging into the skin.