12 Warning signs of poor blood circulation

Everyone gets a little cold from time to time, right? That’s okay. But what if your hands turn a lovely shade of purple when you’re nervous – not everyone does?
Having discolored hands is not the norm and is a warning sign that you may have poor blood circulation. Good blood flow throughout the body allows internal organs to function as they should.

Look at the 12 warning signs below to see if your blood flow may be compromised.

1. Tingling in hands and feet

When blood flow to your hands and feet is lost, your fingers and toes begin to tingle. This is often referred to as “sleepiness”, but if you don’t sit on your feet or put pressure on something to cause the blood flow to cut off, it is a symptom of poor circulation.

2. Numbness

If you lose circulation in your hands, feet, legs or even buttocks for too long, these areas will become numb.

3. Slow-growing nails

Without adequate blood supply, fingernails and toenails grow much more slowly.

4. Dark circles under the eyes

Most people associate dark circles under the eyes with a lack of sleep, but Doctors Health Press says they can be caused by poor circulation. To see if this is the case, press on the discoloration. If it turns white before turning dark, then poor circulation may be the culprit.

5. Weak immune system

Your blood carries white blood cells that help fight off invaders in the body. If you have poor circulation, the things that are important to fight disease aren’t carried efficiently, according to Doctors Health Press, so your immune system will be weaker.

6. Sores on the feet or legs

Since feet and legs are at the ends of the body, if your circulation is poor, your body will have a hard time healing these parts of the body. If this is the case, you will often end up with sores or “ulcers” on your extremities that will not heal.

7. Extreme temperatures in the hands and feet

A very common symptom in people with poor circulation is that their hands and feet are rarely “perfect.” Typically, they are either extremely hot or extremely cold, resulting in color changes. Extremely hot hands and feet are bright red, while extremely cold hands and feet are purple-gray.

8. Hair loss on the feet

This phenomenon is more subtle for women than for men. Nevertheless, if you suffer from poor circulation, the Mayo Clinic points out that hair loss on the feet and legs can occur.

9. Varicose veins

The lack of good circulation can make these veins more apparent below the surface of the skin because they will tend to retain more fluid.

10. Digestive problems

Blood is needed to help digest food. If you have digestive problems, you may have circulation problems. Blood may have trouble reaching the stomach to help digest food and may leave you with diarrhea, stomach pain or nausea instead.

11. Fatigue

If your blood circulation is poor, the oxygen, nitrogen and other minerals your body needs to function properly are not carried by the blood. Instead, it stores what it does have, making you feel like you’ve run a marathon.

12. No libido

Both men’s and women’s reproductive organs need lots of blood. If your blood flow is sluggish, your libido also seems to be running out of steam.

Poor circulation doesn’t just affect your hands and feet. It affects your mind, your stomach, your general health and more. If you think you have a circulation problem, see a doctor to find out how to treat it so it doesn’t affect your quality of life.

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