Circulation in the legs – an uphill task
Returning blood to the heart from lower parts of the body, such as the feet and legs, is hard work for the circulation. That’s because the blood has to be pushed ‘uphill’. To do this, the circulation needs help from muscles that surround the veins. When we walk, for example, muscles in the feet and legs help to pump blood upwards, in the same way as you would squeeze liquid along a tube.
The more the muscles work – that is, the more we move – the greater the squeezing action and the easier it is to push blood back to the heart. This pumping action by muscles is vital for helping to maintain good circulation. In effect, muscles in areas such as the feet and legs work as your ‘second heart’.
As we grow older, we are often less active than we used to be. This, combined with the general ‘wear and tear’ of aging, can cause the circulation to work less effectively than it once did. However, it is not only advancing age that can lead to poorer circulation and the problems this can cause.
Circulation problems can affect anyone who isn’t as active as they might be, whatever their age. What’s more, certain medical conditions can cause or play a part in circulation problems too.
How to spot poorer circulation
- Feeling tired/having less energy than usual.
- Cuts, scratches and sores take longer to heal than usual.
- Cold, numb or tingling hands.
- Cramps, achy or ‘heavy’ legs.
- Swollen ankles.
- Cold, numb or tingling feet.
What can affect our circulation?
It probably comes as no surprise that smoking is bad for the circulation, given its harmful effects on other parts of the body. Tobacco harms the circulation in many ways, including:
- Increasing the pressure that blood puts on the walls of arteries when it is pumped through the body (i.e. raising blood pressure).
- Making the heart beat faster, which increases the strain on it.
- Narrowing blood vessels so blood can’t flow as easily.
- Causing less oxygen to be carried in the blood than normal.
- Making blood ‘stickier’ and this makes it unable to flow well.
- Damaging the lining of arteries, making them more likely to clog up with fatty substances (atherosclerosis).
- Reducing blood flow to the fingers and toes (i.e. the parts of the body furthest away from the heart) .
The effects of alcohol on the circulation are less clear than for smoking:
- In moderate amounts, alcohol can cause blood vessels to become wider, which improves the circulation by enabling the blood to flow more easily.
- The findings of one scientific study pointed to a slight benefit after one alcoholic drink, whereas two or more caused unwanted effects on circulation.
- The effects of alcohol vary widely though, according to a person’s gender, general health and size.
How Can We Improve Our Circulation?
If you have symptoms of poorer circulation for the first time, such as pain in your legs or cold hands and feet, the first thing to do is visit you doctor for a check-up.
If no medical problems are found, that would prevent you from exercising and changing your diet, there are some simple steps you can take to help improve your circulation:
Exercise and Diet
Download the free Manna Diet e-book and try to follow this new healthy lifestyle plan, which include diet and exercise. You need to keep moving!
There are a lot of medication and supplements to help increase blood flow, but the Manna Blood Circulation Support is natural and does not have any side effects.
If you take this product with blood pressure medication, please make sure that the product doesn’t interact with your medication.