Our circulation refers to the overall dynamics of blood flow in the body and circulation problems are one of the most common complaints in adults. Certain conditions such as diabetes and hypertension as well as lifestyle factors including smoking, poor exercise, alcohol drinking and poor diet can lead to problems in circulation that may lead to many other conditions, but your local Land O Lakes chiropractor may be able to help.

Circulation problems may be common, but they tend to be unnoticeable at times making them asymptomatic and undetected. However, circulation problems can be dangerous as they may lead to more life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks and stroke. Learning how to improve or solve these problems in blood flow may enhance overall health and prevent the presence of other morbidities. While circulation problems can have specific symptoms depending on the site of poor circulation, the following manifestations usually indicate the presence of poor blood circulation in the body:

  • Memory loss
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chronic dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Vertigo
  • Dark circles around the eyes
  • Blurring of vision
  • Cold extremities
  • Pale skin and mucous membranes
  • Numbness
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Cramping of the muscles
  • Development of varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Poor healing of minor wounds

If you have been feeling these symptoms, chances are, you might be suffering from circulation problems. Common problems include hypertension, blood clots in the legs, Reynaud’s disease, deep vein thrombosis, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol and the like. Keeping your blood flowing healthily becomes an important measure to maintain health and prevent life-threatening circulation issues. The following are the basic and general solutions to improve your circulation:

  • Exercise regularly

One of the most essential solutions for any circulation problem is exercise. Regular exercise tends to improve the elasticity of the blood vessels making them constrict and dilate appropriately to maintain proper tone and blood pressure. Also, exercise helps burn fats and cholesterol to prevent plaques from adhering to the walls.

  • Quit smoking

Smoking becomes one of the culprits of poor circulation because the nicotine found in cigarettes is a very potent vasoconstrictor. Quitting smoking becomes an important element of reversing the risks of cardiovascular and peripheral vascular diseases such as coronary artery disease and Reynaud’s disease.

  • Drink plenty of water

The blood consists of water as its main element. Proper hydration keeps the viscosity of the blood normal. Make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.

  • Consume a healthy diet

Aside from exercise, cessation of smoking and adequate hydration, a healthy diet is also a mainstream for good blood circulation. Avoid foods high in trans fat such as animal oils, fatty meats, shortenings, and the like and substitute them with healthy oils such as olive oil and canola oil, which are good sources of good cholesterol. In addition, cut down your salt intake to maintain normal blood pressure.  Consuming foods high in vitamin B, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus is also a precursor for better circulation.

If you are suffering from circulation problems, the above measures may be inadequate. Consulting your health care provider can help identify if you need certain medications such as anti-hypertensives, blood thinners and anti-hyperlipidemics. Circulation problems are no ordinary conditions and early diagnosis and management are the keys to prevent fatalities from heart attack and stroke.