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May 4, 2010, last updated April 24, 2013
By Rory McClenaghan, Contributing Columnist and Health
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Bad circulation affects an incredible 20 million Americans,
according to the National Health Institute. Sufferers, often
over the age of 50, complain of numbness in their hands,
feet, or legs, a
cold feeling in their limbs, cramping, and an
inability to heal after infections. These symptoms at best
make life uncomfortable and at worse are dangerous to your
long-term health.

But, as ever, knowledge is the key. Knowing the causes of
bad circulation will help you eliminate risk factors and make
you less likely to suffer from the condition. Just what are the
causes of poor circulation? Are there any foods that help to
improve your circulation?  Are there exercises that help to
remedy bad circulations?

Here are the top 10 causes of bad circulation and the
remedies that help:

























1.
Diabetes Causes Poor Circulation– Bad circulation and the
associated pains in your hands and feet are some of the
symptoms of diabetes, as spelled out in Diagnosis and
Management of the Metabolic Syndrome: An American Heart
Association/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Scientific Statement (Grundy et al, 2005).

If you feel you have bad circulation your first port of call
should be your physician, who will test for diabetes. If you
test positive, he will work with you to control it through
medication and changes to your diet and lifestyle. This
should stop your circulation problems. Here is a
recommended meal plan for diabetics.

2.
Varicose Veins Impede Circulation– Often caused by
standing or walking for long periods, varicose veins occur
when the valves, particularly in the veins of the leg, stop
working. This allows blood to flow backwards and causes a
build-up in the veins, making them stretch. The circulation of
the blood is therefore hindered.

Although serious cases of varicose veins can be treated by
surgery there are simpler methods that will help.
Compression stockings are widely available and have been
shown in studies, such as the one conducted By Dr. S.B.
Curry in France in 1989 to be effective (Changes of
cutaneous microcirculation from elasto-compression in
chronic venous insufficiency). Here are some of the most
effective natural remedies for varicose veins.

3. High Blood Pressure Makes Circulation Worse– Although it
is often symptomless, high blood pressure is often either the
cause or an effect of other conditions which lead to bad
circulation, according to an important report on blood
pressure, "Essential Hypertension Part I: Definition and
Etiology, University of Alabama School of Medicine,
Birmingham, 2000". A regular check-up with your physician
will include a blood pressure check.  Changing your diet to
include
foods that lower blood pressure also helps of course.

4.
Arteriosclerosis Leads to Poor Circulation– This means the
hardening of your arteries. When the passages that blood
flows through narrow, tissue and muscle is starved of
oxygenated blood and the classic symptoms of poor
circulation come rushing in close behind. In its most serious
form, arteriosclerosis can lead to heart attacks. The main
culprit in the narrowing of the arteries is cholesterol. That's
why the American Heart Association recommends a diet
avoiding trans fats. These unsaturated fats are found in fast
food, fried food and baked goods. So the key is to eat a
healthy diet. (Read more about
natural remedies for stiff
arteries.)

What can you do? One of the best ways to lower cholesterol
is to change your diet. Eating foods high in omega-3 fatty
acids may seem paradoxical to you if you want to lower
cholesterol. After all, cholesterol is fat. But, omega-3  fatty
acids have the special ability to raise the amount of good
cholesterol in your blood (HDL) while lowering the amount
of bad cholesterol (LDL).  Try eating at least 2 to 3 servings
of fish a week. (Read more about
foods that lower
cholesterol.)

5.
Obesity Causes Poor Circulation. Just one of the myriad
symptoms of being overweight is poor circulation (Obesity:
Impact on Cardiovascular Disease, 1998). A high-calorie
intake combined with a lack of exercise leads to more weight
than the body can deal with, so it's no wonder your heart
has trouble getting blood to it. There's no magic fix for this
one. The key is
reducing obesity is exercise and a healthy
diet, including plenty of fruit and vegetables and avoiding
trans fats at all costs.

6.
Deep Vein Thrombosis  Is One Cause of Poor Circulation–  
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), is often associated with long-
distance air travel, but can be caused by any long period of
inactivity. For example, when recovering from an operation.

DVT is when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. The clot stops
circulation and leads to pain and swelling in the effected
limb, usually a leg. Just as with varicose veins, compression
stockings can help lower the risk of getting DVT. Also helpful
is anti-inflammatory medicine such as aspirin, or ibuprofen,
which thins the blood and makes clotting less likely
(Prevention of pulmonary embolism and deep vein
thrombosis with low dose aspirin: Pulmonary Embolism
Prevention (PEP) trial, published in Lancet, 2000)

7.
High Salt Intake Hardens Your Arteries– High salt intake
can lead to both a hardening of your arteries and high blood
pressure. Salt is a major cause of poor circulation. In a 2009
report on salt intakes around the world  from The Imperial
College of London, salt was found to have a profound impact
on public health.

People often get confused about how to lower their salt
intake. Simply not adding extra salt to your food is not
enough. You need to examine the
salt content of the food
you eat. We all know potato chips are salty, but less obvious
food stuffs like processed meat, soups, ketchup, soy sauce
and frozen pizza are loaded with salt. The United States
Dietary Allowance recommends taking less than 2,400mg of
salt everyday, so make sure you check the salt content on
food packaging.  (Read more about
foods that lower your
blood pressure.)

8.
Your Posture Affects Your Circulation

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