If you’re cold ALL the time, your legs are cramping and maybe your fingers and toes even tingle at times, you could be facing poor circulation.

A lot of symptoms related to your extremities can be chalked up to poor circulation, but here’s why poor circulation should be more concerning to you than just something you manage.

Poor circulation is the body’s inability to efficiently move blood through various vessels in order to meet the body’s needs.

Ultimately, it is poor blood flow to and from the heart.

Poor Circulation is An Indicator of More Serious Health Concerns

Poor circulation can be one of the many side effects of high blood pressure or high cholesterol, low blood pressure or a variety of health problems which in turn can be signs of cardiovascular disease.

It is also a common side effect of diabetes, could indicate peripheral artery disease, or even Raynaud’s syndrome.

If you’re noticing the symptoms of poor circulation regularly, it would be a good idea to visit your doctor. Poor circulation can prevent parts of the body from receiving enough oxygen.

Why Circulation Slows:

Poor circulation can be caused by a number of factors, such as peripheral artery disease, blood clots, diabetes, and other cardiovascular-related issues.

When the blood passing through blood vessels is blocked or reduced due to plaque build up in veins, blood clots, or heart problems, your body can’t get all the benefits and necessities that blood carries, and problems can arise quickly.

Blood does everything from carry oxygen, nutrients, heal wounds, and is the general driving force behind the life of a body. When the process of getting blood to various body tissues is slowed, many other bodily functions are slowed down and are far less efficient and effective at their jobs.

How Do You Know If You Have Poor Circulation?

Poor circulation manifests itself in pretty telltale ways. Most of the time, good indicators of poor circulation include:

  • tingling
  • muscle cramps (especially in the calves, thighs, and buttocks)
  • pain in extremities (arms, legs, fingers, toes)
  • stinging in extremities
  • numbness in extremities
  • weak immune system
  • erectile dysfunction
  • no appetite
  • cold hands and feet
  • swelling
  • discolored skin
  • hair loss
  • leg ulcers

What Can You Do About Poor Circulation?

Because poor circulation is typically the result of another cardiovascular condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, or peripheral artery disease, the best thing you can do is make heart healthy changes to your lifestyle. We’ve written about living a heart healthy diet, and most suggestions are related to your diet and activity level.

These changes are things that involve eliminating anything that would affect your circulation by constricting your arteries or encouraging plaque build-up.

Efforts to improve circulation include:

  • eating a low fat diet
  • consuming plenty of fiber
  • cutting back on alcohol
  • cutting out smoking
  • eating less sodium
  • exercising
  • taking a nitric oxide supplement

L-arginine and Your Circulation

Of course, we also highly recommend supplementing your diet with l-arginine, particularly with L-arginine Plus. L-arginine Plus has been shown to provide support for your entire cardiovascular health. For more information about the benefits of taking l-arginine, read more here.