Symptoms of Poor Circulation & What You Should Do About It
Sunday morning, Jennifer’s alarm clock woke her promptly at 6:45 a.m. to get ready for church. She was feeling different this morning, and not in a good way. She had a full night’s rest, yet still felt extremely fatigued, felt a bit dizzy, and noticed a bit of numbness in her feet. She shook it off, and went into the bathroom to wash her face, and brush her teeth. She examined her face and realized her skin was very dry. Despite all of this, she finished getting dressed, and headed to church. She made it to church and sat by a familiar face, Dr. Sara Smith. She made it through the service, and after the minister instructed them to hold hands for the benediction, Dr. Smith asked, “Are you ok, Jennifer? Your hands are ice cold!” Jennifer told her that she had not been feeling well, and listed all of the symptoms she had experienced that morning. Dr. Smith then told her that she was more than likely suffering from poor circulation. She told Jennifer to come by the office the following morning for a full check up.
Jennifer arrived at Dr. Smith’s office and went through a series of lab tests, and then was subsequently given a prescription to improve her blood flow. Dr. Smith also gave her a list of natural remedies to help with her circulation as well.
1. Dietary Changes
Simple dietary changes such as increasing your fiber, vegetable, and water intake can improve poor circulation. Staying hydrated is key to ensure proper circulation, and it is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces to avoid dehydration. Cutting back on your alcohol intake is also important since excessive alcohol consumption leads to heart disease, and sugar alcohols have a negative impact on circulation. Also, incorporating more herbs and spices that positively affect circulation like cayenne pepper, garlic, and ginger will help as well.
In order for your body to smoothly pump blood where it needs to go, you have to get up, and get moving! Making sure you’re getting an adequate amount of exercise will assist in moving blood throughout the body. Try to get in 30 minutes of vigorous activity to improve blood flow.
3. Oil Massage
Massaging areas where you feel numbness or tingling with an oil mix can relieve those symptoms as well as any pain you may be experiencing. You want to use an essential oil—clary sage, eucalyptus, lavender, or rosemary—along with a carrier oil, like sweet almond oil.
Whenever you are experiencing symptoms of poor circulation—which include dry skin, dizziness, fatigue, numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or toes, hair loss, and changes in temperature of hands, feet, legs, or ears—it is imperative that you see a doctor to determine if there are additional underlying issues as well. Even though circulatory problems can be treated with medication, if poor circulation is a stand-alone issue, taking a more natural approach is highly recommended.