What should be known about poor circulation in arms?
Symptoms of poor circulation in your arms are; coldness, numbness and tingling in arms and hands. Aside from these, other problems that may accompany poor circulation are; poor healing of wounds and cyanosis, which is a condition characterized by bluish color of skin due to the lack of oxygen in the blood. The main reason for poor circulation in arms, is constriction of the blood vessels, which limits the flow of the blood to different parts of the body – arms, in this case. Many health conditions may result in this problem, but besides that, low temperatures, caffeine, improper sitting, inadequate sleep, and a number of other reasons might result in it as well. As for the causes, of this condition, see below:diabetes, obesity, hypertension, increased levels of cholesterol, poor diet and deficiency of some basic nutrients (such as minerals, vitamins and fatty acids), formation of blood clots, and various kidney, lung and heart diseases.
Older people usually suffer from poor circulation in arms because, with age, blood vessels get harder and stiffer and negatively affect the flow of the blood in the body. Besides that, there are certain medications that cause blood vessels to constrict and among them are those that are used for the treatment of migraines and pulmonary congestion.
Can it be treated and improved?
The problem in question can be treated and the circulation can be improved, but it is important to determine the cause first. It is also important to diagnose this problem in time, in order to avoid deterioration of the condition, and to see if some underlying cause, if present. However, regardless of the cause, it is very important to include all the necessary nutrients in the diet, and to perform some stretching exercises that improve circulation in the problematic area. Warm oil massages will help, as well as wearing comfortable clothes. The intake of caffeine and alcohol should be reduced (or even cut off), because they do not affect the circulation in a positive way. The same goes for nicotine and smoking. It is necessary to avoid low temperatures and holding objects that are cold. Gingko biloba is an herb that is beneficial for the circulation and proper functioning of blood vessels, as well as vitamin C and foods rich in beta-carotene.