SUPERFOODS FOR BLOOD CIRCULATION!

Sluggish blood circulation is caused by a variety of things ranging from lifestyle, nutrition and even genetics.There are many ways to increase blood circulation such taking a brisk walk, getting a massage or else, but nothing improves your poor blood circulation better than having a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods bursting with flavor of well-being.
Listed below foods help maintain superior health and longer live span by providing essential nutrients, lowering bad cholesterol and maintaining blood vessels in great shape.
-Cayenne pepper is a great way to increase blood circulation, metabolic rate and it will also help strengthen arteries and blood vessels, prevent poor circulation in feet and toe numbness. Cayenne pepper is the most effective taken raw in salads or juiced; adjust the heat level according to your preference.
-Ginger simulates the blood flow to all organs; it also boosts sluggish immune system and clears congestion.
-Garlic is fantastic for increasing blood circulation in feet, hands, and will also clear up clogged arteries if eaten raw daily in moderation.
-Gingko Biloba herb is believed to be used to increase blood circulation by Chinese doctors. It improves poor circulation in hands and feet, used to treat varicose veins and increases blood flow to the brain.
-Pumpkin seeds contain high levels of vitamin E, which is proven to keep blood flowing freely and preventing blood clots.






CAUSES FOR BAD CIRCULATION IN HANDS

Most of the time this is the biggest cause. When it gets cold, our body’s natural method for protecting our vital organs is to direct most of our blood to those organs. Because we can survive without our hands, but not our heart, these along with our feet are the first things to be sacrificed.

Smoking: A huge cause of poor circulation to the extremities, cigarettes contain carbon monoxide, which inhibits our body’s ability to carry oxygen.
Diabetes: A common side effect of diabetes is a breakdown in the circulatory system in the hands and feet. This can often have dire consequences if left untreated.
Arteriosclerosis: caused by fatty plaques, which cause the arteries to effectively become narrower, thus inhibiting blood flow. These can build up anywhere in the body, but as the arteries become smaller, such as in the hands, they can become more noticeable and have a lot more symptoms.
High Blood Pressure: Often linked with the causes above and below, high blood pressure can eventually lead to your circulatory system becoming strained and less able to carry vital nutrients to the hands.
High Cholesterol: This is linked as a cause of arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure.
Caffeine & Alcohol: both of these substances can constrict the blood vessels all over the body, but often it is felt acutely in the hands.
Heart Disease: There will likely be other symptoms rather than just those associated with poor circulation in hands, but various forms of heart disease can lead to circulatory problems in the hands.
Inactivity: When sitting still for an extended period of time or when your hands and arms aren’t moving or working, circulation in the hands is likely to decrease. See why here
Obesity: A leading cause of circulation problems in general, obesity leads to a harder working heart and more micro circulation systems that the heart needs to supply.
Injury: You will likely know if this is the cause. Injuries to the arms or hands can disrupt circulation to the extremities.






The Ischemic Foot

The term “ischemic foot” refers to a lack of adequate arterial blood flow from the heart to the foot. There are a wide variety of possible causes for poor arterial circulation into the foot including arterial blockage from cholesterol deposits, arterial blood clots, arterial spasm, or arterial injury. The ischemic foot is also referred to as having arterial insufficiency, meaning there is not enough blood reaching the foot to provide the oxygen and nutrient needs required for the cells to continue to function.
Diagnosis
The result of insufficient blood supply to the foot can manifest itself in a variety of ways depending upon how severe the impairment to circulation. Early symptoms may include cold feet, purple or red discoloration of the toes, or muscle cramping after walking short distances (intermittent claudication). Later findings may include a sore that won’t heal (ischemic ulcer), pain at night while resting in bed, or tissue death to part of the foot (gangrene).
The diagnosis of ischemia is made by reviewing the patient’s symptoms, examination of the foot, and special testing to evaluate the circulation. The examination should reveal cold skin temperature, and skin atrophy that causes the skin to appear shiny or paper thin with loss of normal hair on tops of the toes and on the lower leg. There is often a color change associated with ischemic feet.
Video: Ischemia