Cold feet and fingers are often the first sign of poor circulation as blood struggles to reach the extremities. This is the reality for many people in the UK, particularly in the elderly or those with circulatory issues, diabetes, Raynaud's disease and more.
What makes up our circulation system?
In full, the circulatory system involves multiple organs within the body alongside specialised blood vessels that deliver blood to and from them. The system is made up of the heart, lungs, arteries, veins, and capillaries. It’s the role of the circulatory system to deliver oxygen and nutrients to all cells of the body. In addition to removing waste products like carbon dioxide. When blood leaves the heart, it is carried in arteries to active cells and organs. Here the blood travels through smaller capillaries and blood vessels to deliver sustenance. The blood then travels into veins where it is pumped back to the heart and onto the lungs to re-oxygenate.
What Causes Poor Circulation?
- Chronological Ageing
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- A sedentary lifestyle
What are the Symptoms of Poor Circulation?
Common symptoms of poor circulation include:
- A heavy feeling in the feet and legs
- Swelling in the feet and legs
- Skin discolouration
- Aches and pain in the legs
- Numbness and tingling
- Leg ulcers
- Restless legs
- Weeping, split and sore skin
What can you do to improve or prevent poor circulation?
One of the NHS recommendations to improve poor circulation includes an increase in exercise. This may not always be possible if you are less mobile. This is where technology called passive exercise comes into play. This motion is created with the help of someone or a device to contract and relax the controlling muscles.
Passive exercise has been shown to improve range of motion, flexibility, joint health, weight management and finally vascular health. Passive exercise is a simple and effective way to keep your legs active, the LegEx Passive Exerciser is designed to be used in a seated position, to improve your circulation and Range of Motion.
Get back on your feet fast with the doctor recommended LegEx – the passive motion device that keeps your lower limbs moving, so you don’t have to! Walking is something that most people simply take for granted – just stand up and go! For others, like you, it is perhaps not that straightforward. The LegEx™ uses the gentle, rejuvenating effects of Continuous Passive Motion – used in hospitals for decades – allowing you to experience the amazing benefits of this tried and tested therapy in the comfort of your favourite armchair. Moving gently back and forth, the Leg Exerciser footplates silently work their magic on your lower limbs, stimulating the muscles in your calves, feet and ankles, helping to reduce swelling caused by poor circulation and relieving the aches and strains from your sore legs and feet.
There are a number of nutrition ingredients that can be supplemented in the diet that have been used in modern times as well as in more traditional medicine as ways to improve circulation. This fusion of traditional ancient remedies and modern scientific knowledge has been combined in the Vytaliving Biovit Circulation Maxx Tablets.
Vytaliving’s Circulation Maxx has been formulated using Vitamin C and 3 beneficial herbals, including beetroot, grapeseed and cinnamon. Vitamin C has many roles in the body, one of which is that it contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of blood vessels. In addition to Vitamin C, all 3 herbals have strong scientific evidence to support their function in the circulatory system. Most notably they are shown to improve micro vessel circulation to the legs which can help to reduce numbness, tingling and the feeling of heavy legs. In addition to encouraging capillary integrity and antioxidant activity.
If you are suffering from symptoms of poor circulation, you need not suffer in silence. Speak to your GP, or healthcare practitioner about what they can do to support, improve, and treat poor circulation.