Although poor blood circulation can only be identified and diagnosed by a doctor, it is never a bad idea to educate yourself on the symptoms of poor blood circulation and what you can do to prevent it before it becomes a serious health issue.  Keep in mind that having poor blood circulation isn’t a condition in itself:  it is usually the result of some other disease or health issue.

Your blood supplies oxygen and nutrients to all parts of your body and has been doing so for all of your life.  When someone has poor blood circulation, either by means of peripheral artery disease, blood clots, diabetes or obesity, it can have a serious effect on your health and well-being.  Most of the time people don’t realise they have poor blood circulation until it has been an issue for a while.  That being said, what are some of the symptoms of bad blood circulation and, more importantly, what can you do to improve your blood circulation?

Symptoms of Bad Blood Circulation

When certain parts of your body isn’t getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs, your body displays signs and symptoms that let you know that something isn’t right.  Here are a few of the symptoms of bad blood circulation:

  • Discoloured skin
  • Swelling/edema
  • Varicose Veins
  • Weak nails / hair fall
  • Cold hands and feet (this could be a result of Raynaud’s disease)
  • Angina (when a person experiences a tightening of the chest for a moment or two)
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Digestive Problems
  • Mental fogginess
  • Exhaustion regardless of amount / quality of sleep.

 

First and foremost, when reading the list above do not panick:  we all feel exhausted from time to time, hair fall could be the result of stress, and the rest of the symptoms could come from other factors.  Again, if you think you may have poor blood circulation, the best thing you can do is go to the doctor and hear what they have to say.

How to Improve Blood Circulation

The good news is that it is really easy to improve your blood circulation and there are many natural and holistic remedies to ease these symptoms.  Here are a few ways to improve blood circulation (again, check with your doctor before changing your daily routine):

Exercise regularly – This is a given and is a cornerstone for healthy living.  If you are not fond of going to the gym, partake in other physical activities like gardening, walking, playing squash or badminton to name a few.  Exercise increases blood flow which sends more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles.

Stretching – Especially if you have an office job where you sit for long periods of time, or a job where you are standing for most of the day, it would be wise to take mini-breaks every hour to stretch your muscles.  This prevents numbness and gets your blood flowing too, even if it is only done in five minute intervals.

Get massages – Who doesn’t like a good massage?  This is another great way to get your blood flowing, to open up those arteries and veins and release any built-up stress.

Hydrotherapy – Taking a warm bath with epsom salts in it can be very beneficial to your body.  This can help to relieve stress, relax muscles and allow oxygen and nutrients to flow throughout your body more easily.

Far-Infrared Sauna – Far-Infrared Sauna is an amazing piece of technology that helps you improve your blood flow by means of heat.  A Far-Infrared Sauna uses infrared rays to penetrate your skin and muscles which can be likened to a cardio workout…and all you have to do is sit there for 30 minutes!  It has even been proven to increase blood flow throughout the body (a usual 5 – 7 quarts per minute) up to 13 quarts per minute.

The best news is that Far-Infrared Saunas are endorsed by celebrity notables such as Oprah, Dr. Oz and even Malaysia’s own Ning Baizura!  SweatSpa is one such holistic spa that offers the Far-infrared sauna to its’ customers.  Located in Bangsar Shopping Centre, Atria shopping Center and Great Eastern Mall, Ampang, they offer a free initial session so you can try it out and see for yourself how well it works.  In just one 30-minute sitting, you can burn up to 700 calories.

If you are interested in finding a SweatSpa near you, all you have to do is pop into one of their locations around Malaysia!

Wishing you happy and healthy blood circulation!

Jana Moreno