Poor blood circulation occurs for various reasons. For some people, it is linked to an ongoing health problem, and for others, it is just a genetic condition that they can’t cure. Whatever the reason, you need to be aware that it is happening.
There are dangers to not having good circulation around the body. Not only are your organs affected, but so are your extremities. Your body will take the blood from where it isn’t as necessary to make sure that the most important areas are protected. This can lead to pain and problems with your limbs.
Sometimes your circulation can be improved. Changes to your diet and the way you work can all help to boost your blood circulation and improve your overall health. You just need to be aware that poor circulation is a problem.
Here are eight symptoms that you need to be aware of. You can’t ignore these, as they could lead to more serious side effects of lack of circulation of blood to certain areas of your body.
Cold Hands and Feet Throughout the Year
One of the first problems that you’ll notice is that your hands and feet are constantly cold. While in the winter you may expect it, you’ll feel cold during the summer months. This is because your oxygenated blood isn’t reaching your hands and feet.
It’s very common first to see the fingers and toes turn white. If you push on the areas, you may find that they take longer to get some coloring back. This is a sign that the blood flow isn’t there. It’s the blood that helps to heat up the areas, so the more you lose, the colder your hands and feet will feel.
This coldness will be difficult to get rid of. You could wear gloves, and you will still experience it. It’s not that your body is cold but that your blood isn’t reaching the areas to help warm them up.
Watch out for artificially warming your hands and feet up. You may get rid of the symptoms temporarily, but you won’t get rid of the actual problem. It’s tempting to keep putting your hands in warm water, but you could actually do harm to your skin.
The cold sensations can continue around your body. Some patients share how they will always have a sweatshirt on in the summer because despite it being 40C heat outside they are freezing cold.