Tingle, Tingle - Where's My Blood?
By Evelyn Boichuk
Circulatory systems occur in all living things, from earth worms to mammals.
As humans, our complex system of blood vessels is attached to the blood-pumping
heart, which is responsible for keeping the blood flowing in the right
directions. We all know we need air to breathe, and that's because every cell in
our bodies need that oxygen, too. The circulatory system is the responsible
party; oxygen travels through the blood stream via the arteries, delivered to
all of the organs, tissues, and cells by way of vessels and capillaries, and
then the deoxygenated blood goes back to the heart, through the veins, to grab
some more. Some people, though, have poor circulation, which means that either
the blood isn't delivering enough oxygen to some extremities, or it isn't
getting there at all.
Causes of poor circulation range widely, but one of the main reasons is that
there is an obstruction that just won't let the oxygen through. Think about
this: have you ever woken from a deep slumber and realized your hand has been
under your head? As you come back to consciousness, the numbness in your hand
gives way to tingling, like pins and needles. This is because the pressure you
had on your hand prevented the blood from getting to your fingers. As the
pressure lets up and the blood flows freely once more, a sensation of tingling
occurs; this is the blood finally getting back in. For some people, there
fingers, toes, even their legs, always have this problem.
Poor circulation usually happens in the elderly, and can mostly be attributed
to hardened arteries that supply blood to the legs. For these people, there are
oral medications that can help break up the cholesterol clogs on the artery
walls and restore blood flow. Other people, diabetics in particular, tend to
always have cold feet and hands. This is because the circulatory system, in its
delivery of blood, is also what makes sure the temperature stays constant. And
when the blood does not get the whole way to where it has to go, the pinkish
color of healthy, blood rich skin gives way to a blue tinge. This is a sure sign
of poor circulation. For those people who have continuously bluish colored lips,
fingertips, and toes, it means that poor circulation is probably the result of
the heart not being strong enough to pump the blood hard enough.
Poor circulation, as with any health issue, should be investigated by your
personal doctor. Don't neglect your health or put off this much-needed visit.
About the Author
Evelyn Boichuk, former school teacher and principal, heard her uncle describe the effects of Strauss Heart Drops on his "frozen" lower legs. If you suffer from poor circulation visit Strauss Heart Drops
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