When the blood flow to an area of the body is hindered for some reason, poor circulation is the end result. Although bad circulation isn’t considered to be a condition in and of itself, it usually means something is wrong within the body (i.e. heart conditions, diabetes, etc.).
It could also mean a blocked artery, and if this is not caught in time it could be fatal.
What are some other things that may cause bad circulation?
- Sitting too much
- Eating fast food, a lot
- Obesity (imagine that)
Why is good circulation important?
Every organ in your body depends on your free-flowing blood to receive the vital nutrients needed to function. Even if we slow down this process it can damage important organs like the brain and heart.
Think of a traffic jam on the 405 in Los Angeles for instance.
When this happens, there is zero productivity happening; no one is getting anything done (let’s pretend iPhones don’t exist for a minute) or delivering goods to areas that need it. In order for the city and surrounding areas to “stay alive,” we need traffic to flow.
- Wounds that heal poorly
- Area of the body affected is cooler than the rest
- Shiny skin
- Loss of hair on the legs
- Leg pain that usually comes when you stop exercising
On the other hand, some people do not experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms which happen when the body makes new blood vessels grow around the blockages.
Prevention and Treatment
Consider making some of the following lifestyle changes:
- Increasing physical activity
- Eating a plant-based diet
- Quitting smoking and drinking alcohol
Please watch the video below for movements that can improve the circulation and health of your legs.