Improving Poor circulation


this image shows a pair of hands with grey fingerless gloves holding and ice heart

 Cold hands, warm heart 

Poor circulation is a common problem, particularly among women but also among men.

  • Does someone you care for look pale
  • Do they have a sluggish digestive system
  • Do they suffer from constipation
  • Do they often feel drained of energy
  • Are their feet and hands feel cold when the rest of them is warm

Poor circulation may be a symptom of a damaged heart muscle or hardening of the arteries. These conditions  prevent blood from flowing easily through the blood vessels and specifically those in the hands and feet.

If you are concerned that someone elderly you care for has several of the above symptoms it is wise to contact your doctor. They can take blood test to test for high levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol which may be furring up their arteries.

Exercise is useful to minimise the risk of developing chilblains and keep the blood circulating effectively. This may be difficult to nigh on impossible for someone elderly and from a chair a few leg raises and arm exercises may be of value. There are also electronic circulation boosters available now which work by simply massaging the soles of your feet.

 Foods to eat to improve your circulation include

  • chili
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • mustard
  • bulgar wheat

Smoking also reduces the effectiveness of blood flow as the blood thickens making it harder to be pumped around.

There are effective circulation boosters on the market that can help and one of my gentlemen home help clients uses one. He used to have blue lips as a result of poor circulation and from using the booster they are normal colour now.



Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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