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12 warning signs of poor blood circulation

Internal organs work more efficiently when blood flow is adequate throughout the body. Check out the 12 warning symptoms listed below to evaluate whether your circulation is in danger.

1. Tingling hands and feet

Fingers and toes begin to tingle when blood flow to the hands and feet is cut off. This is sometimes referred to as "falling asleep," but WebMD points out that if you're not sitting on your feet or placing pressure on something to force the flow of blood to stop, it's a sign of poor circulation.

2. Numbness

According to Healthline, if you lose circulation to your hands, feet, legs, or even buttocks for an extended period of time, those areas will become numb.

3. Slow growth nails

Fingernails and toenails will grow far more slowly if they don't get enough blood, according to the Mayo Clinic.

4. Dark circles under eyes

Dark circles beneath the eyes are commonly associated with a lack of sleep, but according to Doctors Health Press, they can also be caused by impaired circulation. Press on the discolouration to see if this is the case. If it goes white before darkening, inadequate circulation could be the cause.

5. Weak immune system

White blood cells help the body fight against invaders and are carried in your blood. According to Doctors Health Press, if you have poor circulation, the things that are vital for combating illness are not transferred efficiently, and your immune system will be weakened.

6. Sores on feet or legs

Because the feet and legs are in the extremities of the body, your body will have a difficult time healing them if your circulation is weak. According to WebMD, if this is the case, you will frequently get sores or "ulcers" on your limbs that will not heal.

7. Extreme temperatures in hands and feet

Hands and feet that are rarely "quite right" are a common sign of poor circulation sufferers. They are usually either incredibly hot or extremely cold, as seen by color variations. According to WebMD, excessively hot hands and feet are brilliant red, whereas extremely cold hands and feet are purple-gray.

8. Hair loss on feet

This would be more subtle for women than for men. However, if you have poor circulation, you may experience hair loss on your feet and legs, according to the Mayo Clinic.

9. Varicose veins

According to Doctors Health Press, a lack of adequate circulation may make these veins more visible underneath the skin because they tend to retain more fluid.

10. Digestive problems

Blood is required to aid in the digestion of food. According to Doctors Health Press, if you have digestive problems, you may also have circulation issues. Because the blood is having trouble reaching to the stomach to facilitate digestion, you may get diarrhea, stomach cramps, or nausea instead.

11. Fatigue

According to Doctors Health Press, if your circulation isn't operating properly, the oxygen, nitrogen, and other minerals your body requires to function correctly aren't being carried throughout it via the blood. Instead, it hoards what it has, making you feel as if you've completed a marathon.

12. No sex drive

Both WebMD and Doctors Health Press agree that both men and women's reproductive organs require a lot of blood. When your circulation slows down, your sexual drive slows down as well.

Circulation problems affect more than your hands and feet. It has an impact on your mind, stomach, overall health, and more. If you suspect you have a circulation problem, consult a doctor right away for advice on how to treat it so it doesn't affect your quality of life.

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