Home Remedies for Bad Circulation

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It is very common for all of us to experience bad circulation at one time or another. Poor circulation can start with a lack of fiber, exercise, and healthy food items. Symptoms of bad circulation can involve cramping in the feet, legs, hands, and elsewhere around the body. Certain parts of the body may fall asleep when sitting or sleeping in certain poses.

Circulation can become quite serious if we do not maintain a healthy lifestyle including lots of healthy foods and exercise.

When your feet, hands, legs, or any part of the body goes numb, this is poor circulation. When you start moving around you begin to feel a tingling sensation as the blood rushes back into the numb part of the body. Sometimes it can become quite uncomfortable if it is frequently happening. Another symptom of bad circulation is also the feeling of being cold. This can be your hands, feet, legs, buttocks, and arms.

Numbness can occur in any part of the body and if you feel you are more sensitive to the cold, you might be prone to bad circulation problems. Bad circulation is linked to your arteries and the amount of fatty deposits they may have on them.

If there is too much fat in the arteries they slow down or prevent the blood flow around the body. It is important that your doctor knows about your bad circulation as this can lead to stroke and heart complications. An experience of a stroke can be lethal or cause major other disabilities. High cholesterol diets that are high in bad cholesterol (LDL) are many times to blame for this problem.

Additionally arteriosclerosis -  a gradual thickening of the walls of the arteries - can be a culprit so it is wise to always consult your Physician.

There are remedies for bad circulation and some of these solutions can be found in your own home or nearby. Some of these remedies for bad circulation include lifestyle changes and exercise.

A lifestyle change may be in order for you to remain healthy. Start by eating more fibrous foods such as wheat products, leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes such as chick peas, nuts, and even prunes. All of these work to maintain and help you absorb a healthy amount of fiber every day. You can put together different meals to provide you with variety. It is best to mix fibrous foods up instead of eating the same all the time.

Exercise is very important when it comes to poor circulation. We all know we should get some exercise everyday and a good amount is about 25 to 45 minutes three times a week. This helps to keep the heart pumping, the blood flowing, and can provide you with all around optimal health. Many of us forget to exercise because we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Do a spring clean on your home, help a friend move, or even pull out the vacuum and give it a whirl. Any type of movement that is off the couch and moving the legs and arms is considered exercise.

Some food or drinks that help with bad circulation include garlic, red wine, cheese, yoghurt, extra virgin olive oil, black cherries, vegetables, and tomato paste. Some foods that add the poor circulation are cakes, pastas and any white flour products. If you ever have any concern about your circulation talk to your doctor before making any drastic changes to your lifestyle and diet.

Article Last Modified Sunday, April 4, 2010
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