Poor circulation can be caused by any number of medical or lifestyle factors, including diabetes, hypothyroidism, lack of exercise, smoking, and obesity. Individuals that suffer from poor circulation typically experience coldness or numbness in their extremities, pain or cramping while walking, and slower healing of wounds. More serious issues, such as greater susceptibility to blood clots, kidney damage, and heart problems, may develop if the condition is left untreated.
If you currently exhibit any signs or symptoms of poor circulation, you should see your doctor immediately. In the meantime, you might be able to improve your circulation by doing one or more of the following:
- Engage in some form of moderate aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming, or biking, for at least 30 minutes per day
- Stand up at least once an hour to stretch, shake out your limbs, and get your blood flowing a bit more
- Wear battery heated socks (which you can find at CozyWinters.com) or compression socks to promote circulation through your lower legs
- Do simple yoga poses designed to aid circulatory performance
- Use far infrared heat technology, available in our Universal Heat Wrap, on your legs, back, shoulders, neck, and elsewhere to penetrate deep into tissue and stimulate blood flow
- Limit your consumption of sodium, saturated fats, caffeine, and unhealthy, processed foods
- Keep well hydrated by drinking at least 64 oz. of water per day
- Prop your feet above heart level for a few minutes several times throughout the day to increase lower body circulation
Although these tips are in no way meant to replace professional advice or medical treatment, they could help improve blood flow and ease some of the discomfort caused by the more common side effects of poor circulation. Give them a try today.