Poor circulation isn’t a condition in itself. Instead, it results from other health issues. Therefore, it’s important to treat the underlying causes, rather than just the symptoms. Several conditions can lead to poor circulation. The most common causes include obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, and arterial issues.
Circulatory problems can be a sign of underlying and undiagnosed health concerns such as varicose veins, thrombosis and plaque buildup in the arteries. Circulatory issues may be caused by high or low blood pressure, chilblains, Reynaud’s syndrome, or diabetes.
Tingling, burning, or ‘pins and needles’ sensations in the hands and toes are also common signs of circulatory issues and should be specifically addressed by your healthcare provider.
Here are some simple yet effective suggestions for improving circulation and warming up those cold hands and feet during these cold days and nights.
10 Ways To Improve Circulation
- Replace the salt and pepper shaker with cayenne pepper powder. Traditionally, Cayenne is known to improve circulation and improve blood flow.
- Drink less tea, coffee, and caffeinated drinks. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and decreases peripheral circulation, leading to a rise in blood pressure. A high intake of caffeine promotes the release of stress hormones.
- Add fresh chopped garlic to your diet. Garlic is known both for its immune system boosting properties as well as for its heart health benefits.
- Keep fresh ginger in your pantry and add it to soups, stews, stir-fries or even herbal teas for an added spicy flavor. Ginger is known to improve circulation and blood flow to the hands and feet.
- Use herbal teas. Herbal teas such as ginger root, hawthorn berries, yarrow flowers, linden leaves, rosemary leaves, and ginkgo leaves are rich in flavonoids and strengthen the walls of blood vessels, improving circulation. When used long-term, they may help reduce hypertension.
- Uncross your legs. Frequent leg crossing looks pleasing to the eye, but can hinder circulation, further contributing to broken veins and spider veins.
- Get moving! Instead of sitting for long periods of time, take a moment to raise both legs off the floor and flex and point your toes or take a time-out moment and walk.
- Exercise regularly. Increasing the pumping mechanism of the heart is extremely important for cardiovascular health. Exercise enhances blood flow, improves the circulation of blood from the heart to the peripheries, helps reduce obesity and regulates blood pressure.
- Try dry skin brushing to improve circulation. Using a vegetable bristle brush, begin brushing from the feet and work up towards the heart, brushing in a clockwise, circular motion. Avoid brushing over areas of varicose veins, thin skin or open wounds.
- Supplement with Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Unbeknownst to many, bioflavonoids enhance the absorption of Vitamin C, increasing its effects in the body. Bioflavonoids are found in peppers, buckwheat, apricots, the white rind inside of the peel of citrus fruits, berries, rosehips, blueberries, grapefruits, watercress, kale, elderberries, paprika, garlic, and onions. Bioflavonoids work together with Vitamin C to strengthen the walls of blood vessels and capillaries and to promote circulation.
Other Conditions That Affect Your Foot Health
Another common cause of having constant cold feet is hypothyroidism, which is when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough of certain hormones. Symptoms associated with this common condition include cold hands and feet, hair loss, fatigue, and weight gain.
• Female Hormones
The hormone estrogen plays an important role in the function of blood vessels, and the more of this hormone a woman’s body produces, the more sensitive she is to temperature changes. When a chill hits, tiny thermo-receptor cells signal the capillaries to divert blood flow away from your extremities to more important organs. High levels of estrogen can cause the thermo-receptors to shut the blood vessels down even from a minimal amount of cold.
- Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking can reduce the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream and it shrinks blood vessels, which decreases blood circulation. Meanwhile, alcohol can cause vasodilation, which is an opening of the blood vessels.
- Raynaud’s Disease
Though it’s one of the least common causes of cold feet, Raynaud’s disease is another cold feet culprit. The condition, named after the French physician Maurice Reynaud, causes certain areas of your body to feel numb and cold in response to cool temperatures and emotional distress.
- Tight or Cramping Muscles
Muscle tightness can create all kinds of pain and problems, one of the least known being icy feet. Stiff muscles don’t allow much blood flow, so try some foot, leg and buttocks stretches to loosen and relax the muscles as well as increase circulation.
• Peripheral Neuropathy or Peripheral Vascular Disease
If you have the feeling that your hands or feet are cold, but they feel warm to the touch, or if you are experiencing numbness, tingling or burning in addition to the cold feeling, you may have peripheral neuropathy, which is a result of damaged nerves, or peripheral vascular disease, which is a result of a build-up of fatty material in the blood vessels. It’s extremely important to see a healthcare provider if you have these symptoms.
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Let’s break down each word ( Heat Moldable Customized Insert) for a better understanding:
Heat: means that they generate a 2 percent rise in the planter of your foot (bottom) and this in turns helps create better circulation to your feet, legs, knees, lower back and beyond. If you have edema or swelling you need these 3 sets of inserts that you change every four months, so you have a year supply from us and again FREE.
Moldable: means that our inserts will mold (100 percent) to every part of the plantar of your feet (bottom) and creates that perfect fit, support, balance, and comfort to your feet over a short period of wearing time.
Customized: means our inserts will fit you, in a short wearing period. As a simple molding procedure (that means each time you wear the insert it will form to every bottom position of your foot) and will offload and create maximum support to all necessary areas.
We carry sizes from 4A to 14E widths for Men and Women. Try to find all those sizes under one website- “UNHEARD OF”! But Yes, we do provide 9E 10E and 14E widths for Men and Women. Yes, we carry 4A (Slender eight styles) and 2A (Narrow 42 styles) for Ladies and B (Narrow 5 styles) for Men as well. So to repeat this (this is how vital these widths are to our site) that is available: Slender’s, Narrow’s to Extra Extra Extra Wide Widths (7E 9E 10E 14E) for Ladies. Narrow’s to Extra Extra Extra Wide (9E 10E 14E)Widths for Men.
We have styles in Men’s 5 to 6 (in length), and those are hard to find sizes.
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We carry lengths up to a 20 for Men and 15 in Women’s.
Most of our styles are perfect for diabetics as well, but you don’t have to be a diabetic to fall in love with our footwear and inserts. 80 percent of our customers are individuals that need that added support (because their current shoe is lacking support and comfort and is very disappointing to them). They need the feeling of maximum support/comfort and the additional sense of “walking on a pillow” all day long (this pillow concept is from dealing with our unbelievable insert program) with their new footwear.
Again, receive 1 to 3 sets of Heat Moldable Customized Inserts (value up to $240) all for FREE – YES FREE!! Once you start wearing these inserts, you never go back to the conventional form of support. Most shoes and that is athletic, or comfort footwear provides poor supporting foot supplements or inserts.
We teach you how to measure your feet correctly and how our feet change, over the years, is astonishing – you don’t alone! Please if you are wearing an inside brace, let us know. If your shoes been too uncomfortable or tight over the past few months or years – you need to update your size and width information and this “inch program” is very easy to do at home. I wish you could be in our shoes and witness how many (especially Man) that been misfitting themselves over a significant period. YOU NEEED WIGGLE ROOM IN YOUR SHOES!
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