The circulation is responsible for providing oxygen and need nutrients by the cells. With proper circulation, the cells receive adequate and proper substances need for various body processes. However, in the presence of circulation problems, people also may suffer from problems in the cardiovascular system that may potentially lead to more serious complications.
The circulation is composed of different organs, responsible for providing the cells with blood. Each organ may also have specific problems that may lead to conditions affecting the circulation. These include:
The heart is the main organ in the cardiovascular system responsible for pumping blood into the different areas in the body. The heart also receives unoxygenated blood to be transported to the lungs for proper oxygenation. With different heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction and others leads to the poor pumping ability of the heart leading to improper oxygenation of the rest of the body such as the brain and the kidneys.
The arteries are the small blood vessels that deliver oxygenated blood in the different areas of the body from the heart. Problems on the arteries may include atherosclerosis as a result of increased cholesterol and lipids in the blood. Other idiopathic conditions also lead to significant narrowing of the arteries leading to peripheral vascular diseases and hypertension.
The veins are the large blood vessels that receive unoxygenated blood from the organs to be transported to the heart for oxygenation. The veins have cusps in order to prevent the back flow and stasis of blood in the dependent areas in the body. However, because of certain factors such as immobility and lack of exercise, the blood may stay too long on one site leading to blood clots, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, thrombophlebitis and the life-threatening deep vein thrombosis that may become embolus. Embolus formation is life-threatening because it may lodge on small arteries in the brain, and heart leading to stroke and heart attacks. Embolus may also lodge in small blood vessels in the eyes leading to problems on vision.
The most common manifestations of circulation problems include:
- Cold extremities
- Dark circles around the eyes
- Memory Loss
- Changes in mentation
- Blurring of vision
- Numbness and tingling sensations
- Weakness and Fatigue
- Leg pains
- Ulcerations on the skin
These circulation problems should be promptly managed in order to prevent more serious conditions. Solutions for circulatory problems may include proper diet, exercise and certain drugs. These include:
- Low fat diet
Low fat diet is an important management for circulation problems. Avoid foods high in saturated fats because they contain more low density lipoproteins that settle in the blood vessel walls forming atherosclerotic plaques. Consume polyunsaturated fats coming from vegetable and fish oils to benefit from the good cholesterol. Avoid animal fats and all sorts of fatty foods.
- Increase fiber, vegetable and fruit intake
These foods contain dietary fibers that help eliminate fats in the gut.
Fasting also helps in purifying the blood. During fasting, you can eat fruits such as apples and grapes.
- Increase vitamin intake
Vitamins such as vitamin A, E and C are anti-oxidants, which helps improve the circulation.
Exercise is a great way to improve the circulation. Exercise allows the blood vessels to dilate and constrict thereby improving blood flow to the peripheral areas in the body.
Massage in the form of reflexology also allows for improved blood flow to the internal organs as the reflex points are pressed.
- Chiropractic care
Chiropractic care, like that offered by Dr. Mohr, your local Wesley Chapel chiropractor, improves the transmission of nerve impulses as well as the flow of blood to the different areas in the body.
- Quit smoking
Smoking is a potent factor that causes vasoconstriction. Smoking is also one of the major factors for cardiovascular diseases.
- Manage stress
As much as we want to avoid stress, we cannot. In this line, managing stress is the best way to face them. Join yoga classes, meditation, biofeedback and other forms of stress relieving activities.
Practicing these healthy measures prevent and manage circulation problems in order to prevent heart attacks and stroke.