Blood circulates all over your body and it has specific tasks that are of grave importance for your survival. First and most important, blood is the carrier of oxygen as well as nutrients to other parts of our bodies.
Therefore, if there is a disorder in the circulatory system, a person’s health can be damaged in many ways. Most occasionally, when you experience reducing of the blood flow in a certain part of the body, some of the symptoms mentioned in this text will appear. It usually affects the extremities – your arms and legs.
What’s happening during a poor blood circulation?
What really happens in your body when your blood circulation is poor is that you don’t receive enough blood in the affected areas, specific to your condition. It is notable to add that poor blood circulation is not a condition in itself, but it is a result of other health problems that you experience.
Some of the life habits, behaviors, or medical conditions, for instance, can slowly lead to this condition, or at least make your body susceptible to this issue. Some of those may include: smoking, pregnancy, obesity or eating disorders, heart conditions, and arterial issues as well. Thus, plaque buildup can lead to slowing down the blood flow and transporting it to the arms, legs, or even the heart.
What we mustn’t forget is that we need to treat the causes, not only the symptoms. It is a fact that poor blood circulation does not only affect older people, but people from all ages, so we should take serious measures to treat this condition. If you leave it untreated, it can lead to serious damage to your heart, liver, kidney, limbs, and brain.
Here are the most common symptoms of low blood circulation:
- Feeling exhausted
As we mentioned above, when your blood circulation is low, there is no capacity for the blood to deliver enough vitamins, minerals, or oxygen, as it normally would. This can result in a slower metabolism.
This is how this can lead to exhaustion: when the body does not receive enough or proper blood filled with nutrients, it starts to prepare for the loss of energy. Therefore, it drops into conservation mode, i.e. a defense mechanism to save energy. This goes on until this difficult time has passed. The energy saving mechanism is what makes you feel exhausted all the time during the day, so be mindful!
- Losing appetite
This is a tricky one, as it is a sign of so many other health conditions. However, it may also be a sign of a low blood circulation to start with. Digestion of food is helped by blood that is being transported to your gastrointestinal tract as well as blood that transports nutrients from the intestines to the rest of the body.
Thus, if you are experiencing poor blood circulation, you may feel less hungry, but at the same time not eating as much as you should. Consequently, digestion becomes damaged and your metabolism suffers the most.
- Having poor cognitive function
In order to function properly, the brain needs a proper blood flow. It may affect the brain in a way that you will feel much less focused and determined while performing daily tasks. If you don’t have a good blood circulation, your short and long term memory may be damaged as well.
Swelling of the hands and feet
Although this mostly refers to extreme cases, you might get this condition if you suffer from poor blood circulation. It results from the body being unable to keep fluid in the blood vessels where it belongs. This fluid, in particular, gets “stuck”, i.e. leeches out and goes to some surrounding tissues in the extremities. The final result is swelling.
Having leg ulcers
These serious ulcers seeming like a rash may appear somewhere around your ankles or knees. The signs that are easily noticeable are: patches of sore or skin on your legs that is inflamed and doesn’t disappear. This may mean your blood circulation is very low.
The numbness you might experience from time to time is normal, but if it keeps appearing with more frequency and in some body parts that is not normal to appear, you might be experiencing low blood circulation. The numbness lasts a couple of minutes at the most.
Discoloring of the skin
Also known as cyanosis, this condition is experienced when some of your fingers and toes may have a slightly bruised look. Also, some other parts of your skin may appear more blue that normal. All this happens due to the lack of the right amount of oxygen pumping through the veins.
Weak nails and hair loss
Hair loss and weak nails show that something bad is happening to your body, and it usually means you are not getting enough nutrients. Your skin may become dry, thin, and even fall out. Also, your skin may be dry or itchy, whereas your nails might fall apart easily. All these are a result of the bad circulation.
Obesity can cause serious issues. Staying in one position for a long time, including sitting or standing for a long period of time leads to bad blood circulation.
Weakened immune system
Healthy functioning of the immune system is connected to a proper blood circulation. In case of a poor blood circulation, the body does not get enough vitamins and minerals, which are necessary to cope with infections. Therefore, the immune system also suffers.
Many foods that you consume will not be digested entirely if you don’t have a good blood circulation. This may lead to loose bowel movements and nausea.