A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Circulatory Problems
I had a question the other day about circulatory problems.
There are many disorders associated with circulatory problems.
These exist when oxygenated blood can’t make the complete circuit of your body without restriction.
There are many reasons why blood flow around your body may be inhibited.
Clots may form in the larger veins in your leg or pelvic area, travel to your lung, and become trapped in a pulmonary artery.
This results in diminished blood flow and less oxygen getting pumped to the rest of your body.
Pulmonary embolism, as this is called, is hard to detect, but is usually accompanied by a sudden shortness of breath and can be life-threatening.
When plaque or fatty deposits form along the walls of your arteries, it causes them to harden and constrict.
High blood pressure results because your blood exerts greater force against the walls of the narrowed, more rigid blood vessels.
High blood pressure can lead to stroke, angina pectoris (chest pain), kidney damage, and heart attack.
A circulatory disease brought on by chronic inflammation of blood vessels in your extremities is thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger’s disease).
This disease is most prevalent among people who smoke.
It usually affects your foot or lower leg, but it can occur in your hand, arm, or thigh as well.
It can lead to ulceration and gangrene.
Another serious circulatory condition is Raynaud’s disease, which is characterized by constriction and spasm of the blood vessels in your extremities, like in your fingers, toes, and tip of your nose.
Cold, stress, smoking, and other factors may cause fingers and toes to become numb; extremities may appear colorless or bluish due to lack of circulation and arterial spasm.
This disorder most commonly affects women between 15 and 50.
In most cases, the cause of Raynaud’s disease isn’t known.
Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition with the same symptoms as Raynaud’s disease, but it’s brought on by another condition, like surgery, injury, or frostbite.
Primary Raynaud’s is more common and tends to be less severe than secondary Raynaud’s.
Marfan syndrome, a very rare condition, can also lead to serious circulatory problems.
This syndrome is characterized by defects of your connective tissue in areas like your skeletal system, eyes, and blood vessels.
You may also have unusually long toes and/or fingers, a high palate, an enlarged aorta, and/or be taller than average height.
This condition is hereditary.
Poor circulation can also result from varicose veins, which develop because of a loss of elasticity in the walls of your veins.
In order to fight this, your blood must be kept from getting too viscous or sluggish, and prevent platelets from clumping too quickly.
To deal with circulatory problems it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins (whether thirsty or not).
*The following herbs support your heart and circulatory system: butcher’s broom, cayenne, chickweed, gentian root, hawthorn berries, horseradish, hyssop, pleurisy root, and rose hips.
*Make sure your diet is high in fiber. Oat bran can help lower cholesterol levels.
*Include the following in your diet: bananas, brown rice, endive, garlic, lima beans, onions, pears, peas, and spinach.
*Eliminate animal protein and fatty foods (like red meat), sugar, and white flour from your diet.
*Don’t use stimulants like coffee, colas, or tobacco, or eat foods with a lot of spices.
*Get regular exercise to help blood flow and keep your arteries soft and unclogged.
*Keep your weight down.
*To boost circulation, give yourself a dry massage over your entire body using a loofah sponge or natural bath brush. Always massage toward your heart, even when massaging your legs.
*If you have circulatory problems, don’t take any preparations containing shark cartilage unless specifically directed by your physician. Shark cartilage prevents the formation of new blood vessels, the mechanism by which your body can increase circulatory capacity.
*Avoid drugs constricting your blood vessels; know all side effects of your medications.
*Don’t smoke and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke. Nicotine constricts blood vessels.
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