Poor Circulation: Its Causes and Symptoms
Poor circulation is a common symptom present in people with chronic diseases. Most commonly, people experience poor circulation in legs and feet, and occasionally in hands. However, when extremities have reduced blood perfusion, the same is true for all vital organs, including the brain and heart. As a result of reduced blood flow (due to vasoconstriction), people can experience cold hands and feet, or angina pain, or headaches, or constipation and/or dozens of other symptoms.
Constriction of arteries and arterioles can take place due to low blood sugar, medical drugs, and neurological causes. However, the most common cause of poor circulation is low CO2 in the arterial blood since CO2 is the most potent known vasodilator (see links to physiological studies below). As a result, people with poor circulation in their legs or feet (or other body parts) also have reduced body O2 levels. In fact, they nearly always have less than 20 s for the body O2 test, while the medical norm is about 40 seconds.
Common symptoms of poor circulation
Well over 90% of modern people have abnormally low arterial CO2 24/7 due to chronic overbreathing. Let us see historical evidence related to a large increase in breathing.
Over 50 clinical studies (see the Table on the Homepage of this site) testify that people with chronic diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and many others) breathe even heavier (faster and deeper) than normal subjects. They have even worse blood flow to legs, feet and vital organs day and night. Now we know the causes of poor circulation and how to improve poor circulation.
Common symptoms of poor circulation include cold hands and feet, panic attacks, chest pain, chronic fatigue, sinusitis, coughing, and many other symptoms related to hyperventilation (see this link for symptoms of poor circulation).
Grounding improves poor blood flow
An additional cause of reduced blood flow is a lack of grounding to the Earth (Earthing). This is also important since grounding reduces blood viscosity and allows better circulation of body parts. This was confirmed in the clinical study "Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity-a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease" published in the Journal of Alternative and Complement Medicine in 2012.
How to improve circulation
You can improve circulation in 1-2 minutes using a simple breathing exercise. It can be found, for example, here: How to warm up cold hands. In case you like video instructions for this technique, they can be found here: How to get rid of cramps.
The most natural solution is to slow down automatic (basal) breathing back to the medical norm. There are various methods available to achieve this goal. In relation to lifestyle changes, it is smart to learn more about the Buteyko breathing method (this site provides over 15 free Modules). As about breathing exercises, one can learn the Buteyko breathing exercises (you can find them on this site too), or apply more effective breathing exercises, such as the Frolov breathing device or the Amazing DIY Breathing Device. Grounding to the Earth (or Earthing) is an additional factor which is important for people with inflammation and very poor health.
Related pages and resources:
- Cold hands and feet is common symptom of hyperventilation
- Cold feet and other problems related to poor circulation are generally caused by lack of CO2, O2 and free electrons in body cells
- Earthing or grounding to the Earth in order to have the same electrical potential
- How to ground yourself: methods and techniques.
Reference pages: Breathing norms and the DIY body oxygen test:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in body tissues
- Nerve stabilization: Carbon dioxide has powerful calmative and sedative effects on brain neurons and nerve cells
Or go back to Symptoms of hyperventilation
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