Poor circulation can occur when not enough blood flows along the arteries and capillaries. It is usually most noticeable in the extremities of the body such as the legs, feet, toes, hands and fingers. Poor circulation often happens when a fatty substance called plaque builds up inside the blood vessels and makes them much narrower. This restricts the blood flow and makes it harder for the blood to travel around the body as it normally would. There can be other reasons such as the blood being thicker than optimum or the heart not being as strong as possible.

In mild situations this can just cause a little discomfort. However, if it worsens it can become rather serious. Some of these more serious conditions can be high blood pressure, heart problems, hypertension, organ damage, stroke, varicose veins, kidney issues, and other blood restriction difficulties.

As well as these diseases, there is also the more commonplace problems caused by poor circulation. The blood circulation system is the prime method of getting much needed nutrients to the cells of the body. If blood flow in an area is poor then the cells will find it very difficult to get all of the food nutrients and energy they need to absorb to enable the body to operate in a healthy manner.

Some common symptoms of poor circulation are:


  • Cold feet and toes and hands and fingers - not just in winter time
  • Feeling numb in certain parts of the body especially the extremities
  • Feeling tired or having a lack of energy much of the time
  • Some hair loss can be because of bad blood flow
  • Having regular dizzy spells
  • If your skin gets dry even though you drink plenty of water
  • Swelling and water retention - especially in the feet
  • Lumps in blood vessels and varicose veins
  • Headaches
  • Cramps and pins and needles
  • Feeling short of breath at times
  • Blotches and blemishes in the skin
  • Poor blood flow to the brain may affect memory



It is possible to improve circulation throughout the body. Some options include:

Increase your intake of iron rich foods - Iron is essential for transporting oxygen around the body, so if your poor circulation is due to iron-deficiency anaemia, increasing your intake of iron-rich foods can help. Try adding red meat, liver, apricots and prunes to your diet, or consider an iron supplement. 

Say no to alcohol - Even though you may feel warmed up and the life and soul of the party after a few drinks, that’s a dangerous illusion. Your face may feel flushed and warm, but the internal body won’t be feeling the love.

Try medicinal herbs - There are medicinal herbs you can take to help ease the chill. Useful herbs include bayberry, ginkgo biloba (Nature’s Way High Stength Ginkgo Biloba and Bioglan Ginkgo Biloba), bilberry (Nature’s Own Bilberry), horse chestnut, prickly ash and nettle. Another formulation is Tebonin.

SmokeQuitting smoking is essential to improving your health

Start eating a healthy, well balanced diet - Keep your cholesterol under control by cutting out unnecessary fats.

Try the Revitive IX circulation booster to stimulate circulation and eleviate leg cramps and pain.