Poor Circulation

Poor circulation is a debilitating and very frustrating issue. If not addressed properly it can create also a number of other issues regarding cardiovascular function, memory issues and general health, vitality and wellbeing problems. Compromised circulation can be an isolated issue or can be secondary to other complaints and should be addressed symptomatically while also working towards alleviation of the deeper causative factor.

Common symptoms of poor circulation include:

  • cold hands and feet
  • heart palpitations
  • blue lips (anoxia)
  • headaches and dizziness
  • tingling, numbness or throbbing sensations
  • pain and muscle cramps

Causes of poor circulation

  • diabetes and kidney problems
  • atherosclerosis and blood pressure imbalances
  • peripheral neuropathies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • arthritis
  • stress and alcoholism
  • obesity and heart disease
  • Raynauds disease
  • digestive conditions which affect absorption (Crohns Disease, irritable bowel syndrome , Coeliacs disease, inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Iron or B Vitamin deficiency
  • structural defects or injury

Diet tips for poor circulation

  • Ensure that you are properly hydrated as dehydration greatly contributes to circulatory sluggishness, reduces heat and there have been recent studies linking dehydration to chronic health conditions such as pain, decreased circulation and inflammation
  • Increase the consumption of essential fatty acids to help improve circulation, foods which contain good oils are fish, olive oil, nuts and seeds, flaxseed oil and avocados
  • Use herbs in cooking which help the circulation such as Chilli, Garlic, Paprika, Onion, Thyme, Ginger and Turmeric
  • In addition, aim for a healthy lifestyle with plenty of fresh fruits and veges, quality organic dairy products, a wide range of quality protein sources in your diet such as legumes, nuts and seeds
  • Increase foods which contain B Vitamins such as potatoes, bananas, lentils, tempeh, liver, turkey, fish, tuna, brewers yeast, molasses, grains and green leafy vegetables (e.g. broccoli, spinach, kale and dark lettuces)

Lifestyle factors for poor circulation

  • Avoid alcohol and smoking as these dramatically reduce peripheral circulation
  • Begin an exercise regime to improve circulation, removal of wastes, oxygenate the blood, encourage general wellbeing and break down congestion which may contribute to sluggish circulation
  • Address underlying cardiovascular conditions
  • Acupuncture can be helpful to invigorate the circulation and remove stagnation of energy and blockages
  • Skin brushing can help to improve circulation

Natural remedies for poor circulation

  • Symptoms of insufficient peripheral circulation may be caused by a deficiency of B Vitamins
  • Gingko Biloba is a herb traditionally used to improve peripheral circulation to the feet, hands and brain which may help to reduce heat by reducing congestion and oxygenation. Other herbs which assist in circulation are Ginger, Gotu Kola, Black Pepper, Turmeric and Bacopa
  • Fish oil is a potent anti-inflammatory for the cardiovascular system which supports circulation and reduces capillary congestion
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant for cardiovascular health, a blood thinner, improves circulation and is also an anti-inflammatory
  • Co Enzyme Q10 is an important nutrient for the circulation, especially if you suffer from high cholesterol or high blood pressure. CoQ10 has an effect on improving circulation and oxygenation