Poor blood flow can often be a sign of clogged arteries and blood clots, which can be extremely serious and raise the risk of life-threatening conditions like strokes and heart attacks.
Poor circulation actually indicates poor health, and issues ranging from low blood pressure to cardiovascular issues, and diabetes. Bad circulation might also be a result of obesity, the consumption of fast foods, sedentary lifestyles, and smoking.
However, all body organs depend on the proper blood flow, in order to get the important nutrients and function normally. In the case of poor blood flow, they can experience severe damage.
Do you often feel pain in the legs? Are you constantly tired, and suffer from muscle cramps?
These might be signs that you suffer from a peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The symptoms of this disease are similar to the ones of other health issues, so physicians often fail to diagnose it on time.
Yet, it is a serious issue that needs to be treated properly, in order not to lead to further complications. It is caused by the accumulation of plaque in the arteries or atherosclerosis.
The plaque hardens over time, and thus constricts the arteries, usually in the legs
These are the 7 most common symptoms of clogged peripheral arteries:
- Leg pain
- Cramps in the hip, calf, or thigh muscles
- Numbness or weakness in legs
- Loss of hair on the legs
- Delayed healing of sores on the legs
- Cold feet
- Shiny skin on the legs
Yet, it is always the best to take the needed preventive care measures, and protect yourself.
First of all, make sure you are physically active and boost your physical activity. This will improve blood flow and prevent circulation-related issues. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
Moreover, make sure your diet is plant-based, and loaded with the needed nutrients that support heart health, improve the health of the arteries. You should increase the intake of ginger and garlic, and consume foods rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, E, D, selenium, and beta-carotene.
Eat more almonds, sunflower seeds, and Brazil nuts, as they are high in vitamin E, which is particularly beneficial for your blood circulation.
The following video will suggest some beneficial movements that will help you boost blood circulation and optimize the health of the legs: