The medical term for poor blood circulation in legs is peripheral vascular disease (PVD). This affects older people more commonly, as over time the accumulation of plaque along the walls of the blood vessels on the periphery of the heart causes the hardening of their walls and consequently improper blood circulation to the limbs.
The most usual causes are weight gain, lack of adequate physical activity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or sugar level, smoking and unbalanced diet.
It is quite common for the elderly people to continue to have pain in legs and feet.
In medical terminology it is called Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). This is caused due to insufficient circulation of blood to lower half of the body, particularly to legs and feet. With ageing plaque gets deposited on the inner surface of blood cells along the fringes of heart, thereby reducing effective area for circulation of blood resulting in inadequate circulation of blood to limbs. The most common reasons include gaining of weight as a consequence of little or no exercise, high blood pressure or a higher level of sugar or cholesterol, improper diet and smoking.
Natural remedial measures for improved blood circulation would include: –
1. Giving up smoking and cutting down on fats and sugars.
2. Following a regular exercise regimen. If you are too old to take strenuous exercises, go out for long and brisk walks.
3. If you have a desk job that requires long sittings, make it a habit to leave your desk at periodical intervals and go around the surrounding area. You should intentionally avoid sitting for long periods.
A few vegetables and fruits are found helpful for circulation of blood.
Garlic is beneficial for controlling the level of blood cholesterol. By regulating blood pressure it reduces the chances of heart ailments. For those who are unable to consume raw garlic, it is available in the form of capsules. It is a healthy practice to have a clove of natural garlic with meals.
Garlic is known to check the level of cholesterol in the blood. It also reduces the risk of heart diseases and regulates blood pressure. Thus, eating a clove of garlic at every meal can effectively address the causes for poor blood circulation.
Ginger and onion are the other two vegetables suitable for cleaning of blood. Take liberal doses of ginger and onions in cooked food.
For improved circulation of blood in legs and feet pouring hot and cold water, alternately is very strongly recommended.
Cold climate generally aggravates the problem and is thus best avoided.