If we usually have cold hands or feet or a continuous tingling sensation in the different limbs, needlesticks, numbness and even cramps in the extremities, it means that the blood circulation does not go very well.
This means that the cells and tissues of the extremities are not getting enough blood flow, and therefore not oxygen and food. The blood also takes away excess waste and toxins, so we can get an idea of the problems that can cause us if the problem lengthens over time.
Symptoms of poor circulation
As we have already mentioned, having the extremities with low temperature, feeling needlesticks or a simple tingling in the limbs are some of the most known symptoms, but there are some more that we expose next:
- Numbness of arms and legs.
- Pain and cramps in the hands and feet.
- Edema in the legs.
- Difficulty in healing ulcers on the feet and hands.
- Brittle nails in feet and hands.
- Loss of sensation in the extremities.
- Migraines and headaches.
- Bluish color on fingers and nails.
- Appearance of varicose veins
- Itching in arms and legs.
- Cramps in the buttocks and legs.
- Lack of strength in hands and feet.
- Difficulty walking
- Dizziness when getting up.
The causes of poor circulation can be diverse, nervous clamping, muscle contraction due to bad postures, inflammations, exposure to low temperatures or many others. The first thing we must do is go to the doctor to detect the cause, and from there there are many natural alternatives to remedy it.
Sometimes our bad habits are like alcohol abuse , excessive caffeine, taking drugs or strong medications, lack of postural hygiene, nutritional deficiencies or excessive stress , which can cause poor blood circulation in the extremities.
Other causes may be due to more serious health complications such as obstruction of the peripheral arteries, kidney deficiencies , lung diseases, diabetes, hypertension or blood vessel obstruction due to blood clots. of blood.
Improve the lifestyle
The ideal in this case is to do a combined treatment. Whatever the diagnosis of our doctor and the medicines prescribed to cure the problem, certain changes in lifestyle, healthy eating and some home remedies will help not only to relieve symptoms but also to total healing.
Smoking less, not drinking alcohol as a habit, walking more, doing bicycle and gymnastics for arms and legs, swimming or water activities, are activities that come very well. A 40-minute walk is accessible to most and brings incredible improvements . It is also advisable to wear loose clothing especially to sleep, and avoid low temperatures.
Consuming foods rich in vitamin C will activate our circulation. Those who have enough vitamin C are citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, kiwi, grapefruit and lime, as well as other fruits such as guava, grapefruit, strawberries, berries or red berries, watermelon and melon. Tomatoes, spinach, green and red peppers, Brussels sprouts and parsley are also rich in vitamin C.
Watermelon, tomatoes and strawberries also provide lycopene, which activates blood circulation. Another vitamin essential for good circulation is vitamin E. We can find it in great concentration in green leafy vegetables such as spinach or broccoli, also in brewer’s yeast or wheat germ. The vegetables and fruits rich in potassium, such as bananas, also come in handy .
Some oils rich in vitamin E and with a high percentage of Omega 3 are sesame oil, walnut oil, palm oil, almond oil, olive oil, although in this case it is also advisable to consume fruits, olives, almonds, walnuts , hazelnuts, sesame, and sunflower seeds . It is also recommended to supplement the diet with egg yolks, blue fish and spirulina algae tablets to improve circulation.
It would be convenient to avoid in the diet foods rich in saturated fats such as whole milk products, such as butter, cream, sausages, industrial confectionery, since triglycerides and cholesterol will increase the viscosity of the blood considerably and this directly affects the circulation. Nor take excess salt or sodium, which absorb water and also affect the liquidity of the blood.
A very useful complement are the proteolytics, which reduce inflammation very efficiently. It can be the bromelain of the pineapple , which can be found in pharmacy supplements such as ferdinand fortes, or serrazimes , which comes from fungi and not from pineapple, but which has even more effective effects. Take between 3 and 5 a day away from meals.
In addition to eating a natural diet, with few saturated fats and rich in vegetables, it is a good way to help circulate with some home remedies that come in handy to activate blood flow in the extremities:
Apply the juice of Aloe vera or fresh Aloe to the affected parts. It is also convenient to consume three spoonfuls of this juice away from the meals.
Apply essential oils : dilute essential oil of lavender in almond or coconut oil, and massage the legs, feet, arms or hands.
Herbal tisanes: tea of yarrow and ginger, infusion of horsetail , mistletoe, passionflower, ginko biloba, thyme, sage or rosemary are very good to activate circulation. Take the one you have on hand, let it boil 15 minutes over low heat, then let stand another 5, strain and take before each meal.
Eating one or two cloves of garlic on an empty stomach , or adding enough garlic to our daily diet will also help a lot to activate the blood supply, to avoid the formation of plaques and thus prevent arteriosclerosis.
Consume a liter of mineral water fasting, drinking glass by glass, slowly, will help to make the circulation more fluid in addition to taking enough healthy liquid during the day as tisanes, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, milk and vegetable broths.
Apply clay cataplasms in the affected areas, this will help not only improve circulation but also the edema and varicose veins caused by its cause.
To bathe the feet and the hands in hot water with pepper every night is an old remedy that helps to activate the circulation of the extremities.
Baths with ginger root for feet and hands , which consists of mixing a quarter of ground ginger root in two liters of hot water and then introducing the affected limbs.
Pour a cup of fresh mint in a gallon of freshly boiled water , take to keep for 15 minutes with the feet inside and then dry them well. One tablespoon of rosemary with another of rue in half a liter of water and boil for ten minutes, once chilled use to wash the feet and hands.
Bath with rosemary, elderberry, horsetail, burdock and consueld a . Add a handful of these herbs in abundant boiling water, let it sit for about 30 minutes and strain it before adding it to the bath water. Take a 15 minute bath and then wrap yourself in the towel another ten minutes.
Take a bath of onions, boiling in 10 liters of water a kilo of onion, and add the broth to the bathtub with warm water, stay in it for about ten minutes.
All these traditional remedies will provide a great relief to the symptoms while activating the circulation of all members.