Poor Blood Circulation problems can be experienced by men, women and children. The task of sending blood, nutrients and oxygen to all parts of the body is carried out by our circulation system and a reduced blood flow to any area of the body means that the cardiovascular system isn’t working as it should be.
The body’s circulatory system is not only responsible for transporting nutrients and oxygen to the cells. It also plays a role in transferring away the carbon dioxide and wastes that need to be excreted from the body. Therefore, if the cardiovascular system is not functioning at full capacity, the health of the whole body is affected.
Circulation problems usually present themselves in the extremities, particularly in the arms and hands, and legs and feet. Poor circulation is not a disease but rather a symptom, or a result of another health problem, such as diabetes, obesity, arterial problems or heart disease.
If left untreated, it can lead to a lifetime of disability or discomfort.
Lifestyle Factors That Contribute to Poor Blood Circulation
There are many lifestyle factors that can affect healthy blood circulation, including the following:
1. Lack of Exercise
Lack of physical activity is a huge contributor to circulation problems. If a person must sit or stand for long periods of time most days of the week, the blood in the legs and pelvis area can become stagnant, due to the poor blood circulation.
Cigarettes contain chemicals such as carbon monoxide and nicotine that is harmful to the circulatory system. Nicotine is not only addictive, it can have adverse effects on the arteries.
As a stimulant, nicotine can speed up the heart rate resulting in increased blood pressure. As a vasoconstrictor, all the arteries become smaller, thus making it harder for the heart to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. To overcome the effects of nicotine in the body, the heart has to work harder.
Health experts have confirmed that alcohol binge drinking can have negative impacts on blood flow and circulation, as it impairs the functioning of the circulatory system. These harmful effects of alcohol cause the development, and/or the progression of artery problems, such as atherosclerosis while also increasing the risk of other cardiovascular diseases.
4. Stress and Anger
Chronic exposure to high levels of stress, which in turn may contribute to negative emotions such as anger, can contribute to poor circulation.
Too much stress can cause muscle tightness, quite often felt in the neck and shoulders. This tightness can make you want to scream! This tightness, or muscle knots, disrupts the proper flow of blood to the brain, heart and other vital organs of the body.
To prevent stress from causing poor blood circulation, finding ways to manage and reduce stress is important.