It is important to remember even during this period of coronavirus quarantine and isolation you can continue taking care of yourself and maintain daily normalcy. Spending so much time at home can make us all a little stir crazy and reduction in regular movement can lead to decreased blood circulation. Blood circulation is crucial for a healthy body and mind because our blood carries vital nutrients to the tissue, cells, and organs. Decreased circulation can lead to many different health complications. Below you will find some signs of poor circulation and what you can implement into your daily life to increase overall circulatory health.
Signs of Poor Circulation
There are a wide variety of symptoms that demonstrate poor circulation. While some of these symptoms may be more prominent than others, it is important you recognize the symptoms that may indicate poor circulation.
- numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- cold hands and feet
- swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs
- memory loss and difficulty concentrating
- digestive issues
- joint and muscle cramping
- skin color changes
- ulcers in the legs or feet
- varicose veins
How to Improve Blood Circulation
If you are wanting to improve your circulation there are many different ways you can do so; among the most effective are:
Exercising greatly increases blood circulation. You don’t have to be a professional athlete or do extremely strenuous workout to increase circulation. Exercises such as a going for a walk or light jog can greatly improve circulation
Taking a Vitamin C Supplement
In a recent study by the American heart Association it was found that low levels of vitamin C in the blood are linked to a more severe form of peripheral artery disease, an often-painful condition in which the leg blood vessels become blocked. Evidence has shown that by taking a vitamin c supplement daily you can rapidly counter these effects and increase circulation.
Stopping the use of any tobacco products
Using any type of tobacco product can have grave effects on your circulatory system. It is recommended you stop using any tobacco products to improve your circulatory system.
By increasing hydration, you can greatly reduce fluid retention and improve circulation. It is recommended to drink 2 liters or half a gallon of water a day.
If available; alternate between siiting and standing when working at your desk or on your computer
Frequent breaks or standing while working from home whether you are at a desk, table, or on your couch can greatly help you.
Frequent stretching and breathing
Stretching and deep breathing can greatly increase circulation. Deep breathing pushes blood flow toward the chest and into the heart while stretching can greatly relax your body.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight has a plethora of health benefits including, reducing back pain, heart disease and the risk of stroke. More importantly losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight can ensure your body is at its most efficient level and is circulating blood throughout your body.
Many different health problems arise from poor circulation. These 7 tips can help you start improving your health today and prevent health problems from arising in the future. Start today by incorporating these tips into your lifestyle. Due to the coronavirus pandemic we are currently offering private room treatment, social distancing practices, and telehealth visits by phone or computer. If you have any questions or concerns, contact The Center for Total Back Care at (480) 633-8293.