Poor blood flow and circulation is a MAJOR warning sign of health problems. And, what kind of health problem depends on the symptoms and cause of your poor circulation.
Typically though, all roads lead to a heart attack or stroke… Or some kind of “heart disease”.
Basically, a major health problem for your HEART and/or your BRAIN!
Now, in previous articles, I’ve discussed the different CAUSES of poor blood flow, as well as various SOLUTIONS.
However, as extremely important it is for improving your blood flow, you FIRST need to know if you have poor circulation.
So, today’s article will quickly cover the 15 scary warning signs that you have poor blood flow circulation – that you can’t ignore.
And I tell you this from personal experience because it’s crippled my family members, including causing death – especially for people on my dad’s side of the family.
So let’s get started:
Tingling Sensations or Numbness In Your Extremities
Now, this typically happens in your hands and feet, including your toes and fingers. This is very common for example, in those who are diabetic because the sugar eats away at the blood vessels and veins.
And this happens more so as you get older.
It’s basically a warning sign that your body is telling you, “hey, fix this because I’m not getting the nutrients and anti-aging hormones to these areas and it’s going to get worse over time”
Similar to numbness, having cold extremities … such as your hands and feet, is another obvious sign of poor blood flow. Maybe in the winter, when you’re outside in the cold, it’s to be expected. But, not the rest of the year or when you’re indoors.
This is because blood helps to heat up areas. In fact, this is one reason children are warmer than adults – they have better blood flow.
The skin is one of the first areas to show physical symptoms of poor circulation. Despite getting enough water, your skin may dry out.
Your body starts to slow down and doesn’t function as well as it should. The water that your body does have is directed elsewhere to counter the problem with the circulation.
Swelling of Your Feet & Hands
On the opposite end, you may also start to retain water in areas, so you don’t see it on the surface of your skin… which results in swelling of your feet and hands. In fact, this is extremely common with people who have poor circulation and you readily see this with older people and those who have high blood sugar levels.
When your hands and feet don’t get adequate amounts of oxygenated blood, you may also notice discoloration of the skin covering these parts of your body. If you see that your extremities have taken on a blue- or purple-ish tone, you can be fairly certain that your circulatory system isn’t functioning as it should.
Decreased Memory & Cognition
People don’t realize that your brain requires a lot of blood flow, over 15% of cardiac (heart) output.
It’s so vital that there’s a name for it – Cerebral Blood Flow (CBF).
And the LACK of blood flow can cause memory problems, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. One main reason is due to lack of oxygen.
Not to mention, your brain is just basically working slower and thus, you can’t LEARN as well as you used to. You can’t think as clearly.
Many just call this “aging”, but it’s NOT. It’s simply poor blood flow and lack of oxygen.
And again, the cause can be a variety of reasons – hormones, neurotransmitters, heavy metal buildup, etc., etc.
Again, poor blood flow, means lack of oxygen and nutrients… which means your body isn’t healing as well.
Dizzy Spells and Headaches
Dizzy spells are also extremely common. Your brain isn’t getting the oxygen to keep it working efficiently. Even if you get plenty of water, you won’t improve the dizziness.
Some people also experience headaches on a regular basis because of the lack of circulation.
Loss Of Appetite
Now, this is a less obvious symptom, but it’s even a BIGGER problem. This is because poor blood flow to your gut means poor digestion, which leads to malnutrition.
Also, your gut controls so many various hormones, your immune system and even how well your brain works.
Lastly, this also SLOWS your metabolism.
This goes hand-in-hand with the loss of appetite and it’s typically misdiagnosed… and that’s why I bring it up. Gas, bloat, bowel problems and other digestive issues … are all symptoms.
Weak Immune System
This also is connected to digestive problems and lack of appetite. Again, blood contains nutrients, including anti-aging hormones, that allow your body to cleanse and repair itself. Without this, you keep getting sick and you’re aging faster.
Even though a decrease in libido has a lot to do with your hormones, poor blood flow is important because it means the lack of key hormones and enzymes being delivered to this area … In men it’s your penis and thus, erectile problems. In women, it’s lowered sensation, sensitivity, drive, dryness, etc.
Hair Loss, Brittle Hair & Nails
Also, due to the lack of nutrient-filled blood in your body’s extremities, new growth of hair and nails may become weak and brittle. Remember, your blood ALSO contains hormones. So, less anti-aging hormones result in hair loss.
Poor circulation can cause the veins just under the surface of the skin on your legs to become swollen, twisted, and very visible. These blue and purple blemishes are known as varicose veins and in addition to being somewhat unsightly, they can also become itchy or even painful.
Tightening of Chest & Difficulty In Breathing
When you have poor circulation, your heart doesn’t get as much blood flow as it normally should. This can cause you to feel tightening or increased pressure in your chest, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing – a symptom known as angina.
Your poor circulation will start to affect your cardiovascular system if left untreated.
Frequent Exhaustion or Lack of Energy
When your circulatory system slows down, it no longer has the capacity to deliver oxygen, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and more importantly, HORMONES throughout your body as it should. This in turn will also slow down your metabolism
There you have it. If you’re experiencing any of these warning signs, make sure you visit your doctor … And more importantly, please make some improvements in your life, which will quickly improve your blood flow circulation.