To begin with, you should know that the human body is irrigated by thousands of blood vessels. Yes, thousands! As a result, blood circulates everywhere in our body under the impulse of the heart and muscles.
That being said, it can happen that your blood circulation is not optimal, which can cause a lack of oxygen and nutrients in your body. A phenomenon that directly impacts the quality of life of those concerned, and can even cause high blood pressure (HTA) or Raynaud's disease. A disease that today affects 3 to 5% of the population.
How to recognize the disorders of a bad blood circulation?
How to relieve the symptoms or treat the causes of poor circulation is what we propose to you to discover in a non-exhaustive way in this blog post.
To understand the problem of venous return, it is estimated by INSEE that more than 18 million people suffer from poor blood circulation in France and more than 10 million are even affected by varicose veins.
And make no mistake, this affects men too. Our way of life and our diet have a lot to do with the appearance and prevalence of this ailment, which, like back pain, could be considered a modern ailment. The symptoms are relatively easy to recognize:
- Heavy legs
- Cold hands or feet
- Tingling or an irrepressible urge to move your legs.
- Regular nocturnal muscle cramps.
- swelling in the feet, ankles or calves.
- Appearance of small varicosities (small varicose veins) or varicose veins
- Eczema at the level of these varicose veins.
What are the causes or aggravating factors of venous insufficiency?
The sedentary lifestyle and the lack of physical activity, as well as the sitting position of most modern jobs, do not allow our blood to circulate in an optimal way. Moreover, this lack of activity drastically weakens our cardiovascular system. The heart lacks training and cannot function to its full potential.
The second phenomenon that can cause poor blood circulation is heredity. Indeed, if members of your family suffer from blood circulation problems, this increases the risk of having them too by 80%.
Let's move on to another family that can cause these ailments, overweight. As previously mentioned, this problem is often associated with a lack of physical activity and poor diet. In fact, being overweight puts more pressure on the blood vessels and increases the risk of developing varicose veins by 29% .
Another phenomenon that can cause poor blood circulation: your job. Previously, we mentioned the problems of sedentary lifestyle linked to certain office jobs. That being said, some other jobs are hard and require standing for long periods. This situation also favours the stagnation of blood due to gravity. For example,jobs such as waiter, hairdresser, cook, or nurse .
Finally, pregnancy is generally a time when varicose veins and heavy leg problems appear. This is due to the fact that the veins are generally more dilated and to hormones, such as oestrogen.
In concrete terms, how can we improve blood circulation?
First of all, it is important to increase your physical activity by walking at least 30 minutes a day and practicing sports activities 2 to 3 times a week. To put it simply, this allows you to train your heart muscle and strengthen the overall venous system.
In addition, here are some exercises to start easily achievable at home:
- Ankle flapping: Sitting on a chair, flex and extend your feet (feet forward, feet backward) to relax your muscles and get your blood flowing.
- Foot Ball: Sitting on a chair, with your shoes off, roll a tennis ball under the soles of your feet.
- The crane: Standing with your arms outstretched, bend one knee and bring it as close as possible to your chest. Hold this position for 1 minute and then do it on the other leg.
- Half-point : You are standing with your feet apart. Without forcing, go up on your toes and come back down with your feet flat. Repeat the movement as much as possible.
- Circles: With your back pressed to the ground and your arms crossed, raise your legs until they are square to the ground. Form small circles with your feet. Do about twenty movements.
Foods that naturally thin the blood
In addition to physical exercise, it is recommended to integrate, if this is not the case, a certain number of foods that have natural blood thinning properties. These foods are complementary to our cure to thin the blood naturally, S'sense Circulatoire!
- Garlic, onions and shallots are precious allies in thinning the blood and reducing the risk of venous thrombosis. These bulbous vegetables reduce atheromatous plaques, thus lowering the bad cholesterol in the blood thanks to the alliaceous.
- Omega 3 protects the blood vessels and lowers bad cholesterol. It is an essential element that is not naturally generated by our body. It is therefore necessary to find it in our diet, particularly through fatty fish such as herring, mackerel, sardines or salmon. Moreover, omega 3 is also contained in good quantities in various nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds or flax seeds.
- Polyphenols or flavonoids are natural antioxidants and anticoagulants that are highly effective in dilating and strengthening the vein walls. They are found in green tea, citrus fruits, apples, grapes and various red berries (blueberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, etc.). Moreover, the latter have the strongest action on venous return. This is why we have included them in our natural S'sense circulatoire cure. Composed of fruits and hibiscus flower, it allows you to quickly relieve your swollen legs in the manner of a grandmother's remedy.