14 Warning Signs That You Have Poor Blood Circulation

14 Warning Signs That You Have Poor Blood Circulation
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From the day you were born your body has worked constantly to circulate more than five liters of blood through your body. Your arteries and veins are like highways for blood transportation. This helps your organs function, delivers nutrients and hormones, regulates your PH, and contributes to essentially every bodily process so good blood circulation is essential for maintaining a great health.

What is Low Blood Circulation?

Somebody with poor blood circulation receives insufficient amounts of blood to certain parts of the body. Plaque buildup and other factors slow the blood down and limit the effectiveness of transportation to the legs, arms, heart, and other important areas.

There are several life habits, medical conditions, and behaviors that make an individual susceptible to this issue. Smoking, pregnancy, eating disorders, and weight gain are just a few of many ways someone can become vulnerable to this condition.

Poor circulation affects people of all ages and if left untreated can cause serious damage to your brain, heart, liver, kidney and limbs. It’s most common in elderly people but should be taken seriously at any age.

The Signs of Poor Blood Circulation

Poor blood circulation is dangerous because of its silent nature. It can be easy to overlook in its early stage and only found once it has worsened. The following symptoms are common indicators of a weakened circulatory process. Let’s look at the warning sings of poor blood circulation.

Visible signs of poor circulation

Leg Ulcers – Ulcers are sore inflamed parts of the skin much like a rash that refuses to go away. Someone with poor circulation might notice them beginning to develop near their feet and on their legs. Look for dry red patches of varied sizes digging into the skin.

Swelling – If poor circulation interferes with the kidneys it can lead to abnormal swelling. If your hands or feet begin to gather fluid from slow blood flow they might appear swollen and puffy. This happens because the circulatory system tries to reduce the load and the result is leaving some fluid that is called edema.

Discolored Skin – Without the right amount of oxygen pumping through your veins you’ll notice a slight discoloration, also known as cyanosis. Your fingers and toes will have a slightly bruised look to them and other areas might look more blue than usual if you have a circulation problem.

Varicose Veins –  poor circulation can cause the veins just under the surface of the skin on your legs just below the surface of the skin to twist and swell and become very visible. This is known as varicose veins. You might notice pain after long periods of sitting or random itchiness during the day. Varicose veins most commonly appear near the feet and ankles and they can become itchy and painful. If you suffer from varicose veins, there are 14 tips to improve varicose veins naturally.

Hair Loss and Weak Nails – One of the clearest signs that your body isn’t getting the right amount of nutrients is within your hair and nails. Hair might become dry and start to thin and fall out in certain areas. Your skin may also become much more dry and itchy and nails tend to become much weaker and fall apart easily. Your fingernails can actually tell you a lot about your health, and you can find here 11 health warnings your fingernails may be sending.

Physical signs of poor blood circulation

Numbness in your limbs – Almost everybody has experienced the feeling of numbness from keeping your limbs stagnant for too long. With poor circulation you’ll feel this much more frequently and in parts of the body that you don’t normally lose feeling in. The feelings of numbness usually last no longer than a few minutes.

Digestive Issues – With less blood pumping through your body all the other processes have to be slowed as well. Poor circulation in the digestive tract causes constipation. Bowel movements become much less frequent and more difficult. To ease constipation, you can find more information in my previous article about the 10 best natural remedies for constipation.

Weakened Immune System – Your body’s ability to detect and fight off pathogens and remain healthy will also be affected by a poor blood circulation. You may pick up illnesses much easier because of the sluggish antibodies. You also might find that wounds and injuries take much longer to heal. You can find here ways of how to boost your immune system naturally.

Cold Hands and Feet – When your blood is flowing at optimal speed it helps to keep your body temperature at a healthy and comfortable level. If your circulation is poor, the process of regulating temperature is interfered with. This causes chilly feelings, usually in areas with a lot of nerve endings like the hands and feet.

Exhaustion – When blood flow is slowed down, it restricts the amount of fuel delivered to your muscles. With less oxygen and nutrients fueling your muscles you’ll feel tired much quicker as they struggle to keep up with the stagnant flow of blood. This symptom is characterized by a lack of breath, sore muscles, and less endurance during daily activities.

Erectile Dysfunction – Men with poor circulation might experience an insufficient amount of blood flow in the reproductive organs. It becomes increasingly difficult for them to perform sexual tasks and may eventually stop completely.

Angina – This symptom is indicated by a squeezing pain in the chest. There is less blood flowing to the heart, which causes a tight feeling of pressure in the area surrounding it. The heavy feeling will come and go randomly and is a likely sign of poor blood circulation.

Lack of Appetite – Your liver is responsible for sending hunger signals to the brain when it receives an adequate amount of blood flow. You start to experience less food cravings and eat smaller meals during the day. This also leads to weight loss, another common symptom of bad circulation.

Poor Cognitive Function – The brain relies heavily on blood flow to function properly. You might feel less focused and determined throughout the day. Poor circulation may also affect the effectiveness of your short and long term memory. In this case you may want to refer to my previous article about how to improve your brain function naturally.

As you can see, poor blood circulation can affect your body quite significantly. And while treating the symptoms can bring a relief, it’s still best to treat the source of the problem and to improve the blood circulation itself. To find ways to improve your blood circulation, please read my previous article about this subject:

How to Improve Blood Circulation Naturally

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65 Responses to 14 Warning Signs That You Have Poor Blood Circulation

  1. Domingo Solen says:

    Continue the good works, thanks

    • austin says:

      im 184-185 lbs and im 5″7 and when i do anything my face is always flushed red and my fingers are somewhat swollen and when i shower or do anything i turn really red and my face feels really hot all the time

    • Camryn *private* says:

      I’m 12 and I’ve had a lot of these symptoms I’m not over weight and I don’t have diabetes or anything but in school I’ll always have a hoodie on because I’m always cold and my skin is always blotchy, I’ve never had rashes but I’ve experienced the heart burn thing, randomly my heart stings for like 2 seconds then it just goes away. My hands and feet are always cold and blotchy and whenever I sit down on the ground and cross my legs, in less then 3 mins my whole foot turns num and I can’t move it, so I stand up and it automatically just goes back to normal. Also sometimes my right leg starts pricking everywhere and it goes up my entire leg with numness and prickleing and if I touch it or try to walk it hurts, then like 40 seconds later it just goes away. And my legs and arms and hand are always blotchy. What do I do it’s really embarrassing???

      • Jenny Hills says:

        Hi Camryn, since I’m not a doctor, I’m unable to give specific advice. I believe the best thing for you to do would be to visit your doctor to discuss these issues and for further investigation. Your doctor knows your medical history and can do specific tests to give him/her a full picture about your health condition.

  2. Jackie says:

    I’m petite and am carry 165 lbs on my very tiny free. I have loss my weight many, many times but gain it back.Right now I’m doing the Dukun it is protein lean meat one day lean meat and veggies the next.The weight is melting off of everyone else but not me. I feel so defeated.
    I very excited about your blogs as I really do try to do as much organic etc that I can.

    Thank you for caring about others and getting this priceless info to us.

  3. Suzy Policarpo says:

    I have swollen feet and very painful right leg….this does apply to me I must have bad circulation. ALways learning,thanks for sharing.

    • sue good says:

      Pain in a leg could be a blood clot. Get to the doctor ASAP!

    • charlene thompson says:

      I also have poor circulation in my lower legs. Above my ankles to almost half way to my knee my skin is a bright red and it never goes away. I also have vericose veins around my foot at the ankles all the way around. The skin is tender where it is red almost feels like a very bad bruise. I also get ulcers in that area on both legs. Go to your Dr. For diagnosis because it could be poor circulation or a few other things.

  4. Brenda says:

    Do you know of an all natural stop smoking help? I know all the reasons to stop just can’t get it done.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Brenda, I personally don’t know but you can get some ideas in about.com website – http://altmedicine.about.com/od/therapiesfromrtoz/a/quit_smoking.htm

      • malu2087 says:

        I smoked for about 40years and could never quit mor than a week. A Dr prescribed BuProPion 150mg and i have not smoked for the past 17months. Maybe that would work for you too. Ask your Dr Good Luck

      • Judy Grounds says:

        I think alot of these articles make people worse because everyone is telling a story about this issue and this can cause panic and you are not Doctors. that is why my doctor told me to stop reading articles like this. Sorry if i offend anyone.

        • Jenny says:

          The aim of reading health content is to raise awareness and provide general information for the public. It cannot replace a professional medical diagnosis for specific people. Even when you go to a doctor or a specialist, you often need a second opinion, as in some situations (not necessarily very complicated) there are various opinions even among medical professionals. So it’s not necessarily that whatever a doctor says is the right answer, and its our responsibility to do our own research to come prepared to the meeting and know what to ask and what information is important to us. You cannot make your own research without reading about health in general and gain more knowledge about various health topics. It’s everybody’s choice how he or she reacts and whether they get panicked or whether it just encourages them to get a proper medical evaluation and take responsibility for their health. Even people who don’t read health material can panic if they feel some pain in the their body part, so I guess it’s more about a personality rather than reading this or that.

        • Jett says:

          Discussions online have also saved many lives..

        • Lol says:

          Your reading it now though??

        • james green says:

          cause your doctor wants your money!

    • Iris says:

      I quit smoking almost 15 years ago. To pacify my oral fixation I bought a jar of cinnamon sticks (also in cello packs). The cinnamon sticks are the same feel to your hand and mouth as a cigarette and has a similar”burn” sensation ad you chew in it. Also bought some whole cloves , this is a smoking avoidance acupressure treatment. Put one whole clove inside the mouth between the gums and inside of your mouth and apply pressure on it with your finger from the outside of your mouth. It will sting a bit and I found it also gave my mouth the burning sensation smoking did.I hope my description is clear. Imagine how a person puts chewing tobacco in their mouth, similar to what I described for you to use the clove. I hope this helps. Also most important is a very good reason v to quit and having support. Good luck.!!

    • sue good says:

      I was a heavy smoker and used the patch 3 days and wanted no cigs. I think when I realized the fact that being a smoker IS being a drug addict it changed my outlook on cigarettes.The excuses “I enjoy it,relaxes me,calms me” melted away .I realized I was merely feeding brain receptors that were addicted to the chemicals in the tobacco.When you realize it and feel that craving coming on,ride it out 15 min then it fades when the receptors don’t get it.Over time the crave diminishes and the receptors calm and just think of things like “money saved”,”fresh air to your healing lungs”,clothing ,furniture and walls are not ruined,you have broken the chain of addiction that hopefully it won’t be passed down to family members and all other positives. BE a great role model to show them they can quit too! When I stopped ,a very heavy smoker friend stopped too!

    • Coco piñata says:

      Acupuncture works very well! Find a yoga studio as well as books about yoga breathing. Guided meditation on podcast for quitting is also a great tool!

  5. Nyabuto says:

    On hair loss and weak nails..the link in finger bail warning signs is missing.Do you have a picture of leg ulcers?

  6. maria riestra says:

    Hi my name is Maria, every body that knows me they tell me I have bad circulation on both of my legs I get tayerd a lot is like if I walk for days and never stop I have a few red, purple veins in front back of my thies and bottom legs to can u please tell me what can I do for this I really need something feet allways sow tayerd that u don’t imagine.

  7. I have circulation problems, too. It’s not of the blood but of the lymph circulation. I have it bodily and not because of any surgeries and it’s called lymphedema…Do you have any articles on it? I’m told and see on the computer… “no cures for lymphedema” but I’m looking for something natural that may work, anyway.

  8. Gerry Garcia says:

    Hello. I have gain 20 pounds and feel miserable. I have had 3 injection in my neck over the last 2 months these are cortisone epidural pain relief. Since then I have gain the weight in my back and my stomach area. I don’t drink pop and have only had fast food 3 times in this time period but I don’t know what to think or do. Do you know why I am gaining this weight?

  9. wan says:

    i need your help….ive been loosing weight since the last five months and I was 49kg and now 42 without any constant efforts….its not normal with a height of 149cm …. I need help to gain more weight. . ..I’ve been eating more but no sign of weight gain…and moreover I’ve taken worm tablets but no progress is seen…please help me

    • Jenny says:

      I think it’s best to visit your doctor to see if there is an underlying reason why you are losing this weight. You need to refer to someone who knows your medical history and is able to perform tests if required.

  10. Melinda Kennedy says:

    I have cauda equina syndrome due to an accident, left untreated because of insurers reluctance to provide financial assistance for appropriate medical care.. I’m developing bulging veins and skin rashes on my lower leg as described. Could this be due to the compression on my spinal cord?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Melinda, I don’t have any knowledge about CES, but looking at several health website, they all describe similar symptomless like low back pain, leg pain, numbness, bowel and bladder disturbances and sexual dysfunction but not bulging veins or rashes. I’ve seen something else that you may want to look at and is called “varicose eczema” which is caused by increased pressure in the leg veins and is more common in people with varicose veins. See more information on NHS website, and patient.co.uk website.

  11. Lilith says:

    I am 24, a little underweight (can’t seem to gain, I eat enough, don’t over-exercise) but I am stubborn when it comes to clothes and wearing them when it’s cold.
    I do cover myself up, but I like to wear my favorite clothes, even in winter, so usually I just wear the same sumer-clothes in winter.
    And I’ll be cold for a short period of time but after this, the feeling of ‘cold’ will leave and it’ll become numb. (not really numb, but numb for cold, the skin turns purple/blue but I still ‘feel’ everything)

    And therefore, I don’t notice what’s happening untill I start to speak incoherent and stuttering, because my jaw hurts when I speak and people will say; Are you allright? Your lips are blue! Get inside!’ and that’s where I regain my ability to speak normally and my jaw will be fine again.

    And I knów that the only way to fix this is to just dress myself apropriately for wintertimes, but sometimes I just forget or I can’t ‘feel’ the cold in the first place and think; Well, I can wear that thin T-shirt anyway’

    How dangerous is this, apart from just being cold? Usually other people warn me whenever I turn blue and inside of the house I usually turn the heat up or wear warm clothes, it’s just outside where I put too much effort in looking good and too little in staying warm.

  12. Nik says:

    I was diagnosed with a heart murmur the size of a pinhole in the lower chamber of my heart when I was still in-utero. I’ve never had surgery for it, nor taken medications for it (except before dental work, etc.). However, I’m always cold. Even in hot summer months, I’m not as hot as everyone else. My husband suspects that my heart murmur causing poor circulation is the reason for this. I’ve also noticed that my feet and hands swell ocassionally, not often, just ocassionally. I should also add that I am iron deficient anemic as well. These two things aside (murmur and anemia), I’m healthy. Could my murmur be to blame for my constant state of cold? Or perhaps my anemia?

  13. barry says:

    lasy year i had gangreene in my left foot i had a small operation to fit stents but since then i suffer with pain in my lower back and a little in my hip and buttock its hard to get out of bed and difficult walkng i tire easily and sleep alt during the day is this related to the bad ciculation im regulary moniterd but they dont seem concered as my left leg is flowing better but my right leg is not very good only operating about 60 to 70 percent im concerned about this can you advise me please thanks barry

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Barry, I don’t have the knowledge to help in this case (I’m not a doctor). Your condition really needs a professional medical treatment. I apologize I cannot be of any help.

  14. Janet says:

    My husband has poor circulation. He developed ulcers at the ankles which healed and thereafter another one. His leg has discoloured from the calf down, and theres no hair growth around that area. The discolouration has also started on his other leg. He was a non smoker, but only took it up in the last 8yrs or so. He also drinks heavily each day. He is hypertensive as well. He does wear a compression stocking which alleviates the swelling. He wont quite the alcohol or the smoking. I just dont know how long he can go on like this. He probably needs a reality check, any suggestions?

  15. Tonya says:

    I have all the symptoms so how should I start to resolve this medical issues especially since I don’t have medical insurance .

  16. Cindy says:

    Care for lady in wheel chair from stroke.2.5 yrs ago. 43 yrs old Is just starting to stand. On weekends she in bed longer . about 6.5 hrs day mon thru Fri but 5 on weekends. in bed the rest. Could that be why she had swelling on monday and can’t get knees to bend very well.

  17. Pam says:

    I have Raynauds Syndrome (self diagnosed). How to I improve on that, please?!

  18. Soraya says:

    I have hair loss very badly for some years,trying different shampoos and now using baby shampoo, consumpting vegetables and fruits enough. About 1 month i have decreased consumption of red meat, as used to eat it 5 times weekly. I’m affriad of getting bold because I’m about to it and this is my always fear and obsession, so my need is that how I can stop the badly hair loss and increase hair growing!??? Please. Thanks

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Soraya, the first step is to identify the cause for the hair loss – is it from stress, nutritional deficiency, hormonal change or something else? (see more information in my article about 10 Causes of Hair Loss and How to Treat Them). The second step is to treat the symptom itself and there are several methods you can try which I wrote about in the past: castor oil, onion juice, and rosemary. It takes time to see results and it’s not a quick fix, so patience is required. Also results vary between different people.

  19. Joanne says:

    I’ve suffered for a while now with circulation problems my knees will turn a purple blue color along with my feet I have very little feeling when it does this and also my right foot swells up also suffering with the cold hands aswel and discoloring a distinctive dark blue/purple shall I contact my GP for immediate attention???

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, you definitely need to see your doctor. Swollen ankles and feet are common and usually not cause for concern, particularly if you have been standing or walking a lot. But feet and ankles that stay swollen or are accompanied by other symptoms could signal a serious health problem (for example sign of heart, liver or kidney problem, blood clot etc.). Every case of swelling needs to be considered in its context to make sure you’re not missing a potentially serious condition. As you lack the medical knowledge to distinguish between harmless swelling and a serious problem, you don’t want to take any risk. Go to see your doctor.

  20. Nyakaisiki Rosie says:

    I was involved in a road traffic accident and my leg was severely damaged my leg was graftered and since then I have lived on with mild pain. But last year I got an ulcer which has not healed up to now. Today that skin grate has inflammation and brings blisters with an ulcer that is so painful am worried. Could this be cancer. Am so worried

  21. Tonya says:

    Hey I hope you can help on whether I should see a doctor. I been working this job for about two months now and it is overnight. I sleep a lot due to the job and eat very unhealthy. I am having poor circulations in my hands and arms when I wake up or just laying on my bed awake. Right now I am having trouble with poor circulations as I type this message. What should I do?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Tonya, I’m not a doctor and cannot give a specific advise. I’m not sure what exactly the symptoms you have, but I’ve always believed that if a person has any concern about his/her health, it’s always best to discuss your concerns with your doctor who knows your medical history and is able to perform the required tests. Having a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan will give you a peace of mind and reassurance that you take care of yourself.

  22. Jay says:

    nice information…please help me with the treatment of spider veins

  23. Sara says:

    Plz tell me is there any test of poor blood circulation?I have pain in parts of body that is changing every day..ex yesterday I had pain in neck now having in headace.plz help me should I any test?

  24. pretty says:

    Please I have having pain under my feet when I wake up bed and getting up from sitting my feet hurt so bad that I have to move slowly before I can move, I always feel sleepy when I am sitting down to rest especially at work and in the bus, the heal of left hurts so much if I am walking and standing so please what type of test can I run to know what is really wrong with me.

    • Jenny says:

      You may have Plantar Fasciitis (Jogger’s Heel) – read my article about it here. However you may have another condition, and since I’m not a doctor, it’s best to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

  25. Bruna says:

    I’m only 15 and since last year my legs are blotchy and purple, I have lost weight by exercise and eating healthy ( I was over weight) I have never eaten so healthy before and I exercise on daily basis,but since I started this my legs have this problem. I have checked a doctor and all I’m told is that is bad circulation.but how?? I have never had problems and know that I improve my health this appears!
    Any suggestions? I don’t wear shorts anymore because it has made me very self conscious.. it’s all up to my thigh but worse on the lower legs. Thank you!

  26. Tommy says:

    just recently, I started noticing blood pumping in left arm, pls what could this be?

  27. joy stewary says:

    I hope they keep on posting because for me it’s a big help……and doctors will say anything because they are all about the money…..so keep up the good work

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