How does circulation work?
Veins are the blood vessels that carry blood toward the heart. Arteries carry blood vessels away from the heart. The arteries are connected to veins by tiny blood vessels called capillaries.
Capillaries branch out through the body delivering oxygen and other nutrients. They then collect waste and return back to the veins. As the circulation deteriorates it becomes more difficult for our to pump the blood. It is most common in our extremities, such as our hands and feet.
What causes poor circulation?
Raynaud’s syndrome or phenomenon
Raynaud’s syndrome occurs from a severe blood flow reaction (spasm) to the blood vessels from the cold. Fingers and/or toes begin to feel pain, throbbing, and tingling. They begin to turn white from the inadequate blood flow.
Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency is also known as CCSVI. It’s a condition where people with MS have blocked blood flow in the veins. Dr. Zamboni discovered this link in 2008. It involves venoplasty (or stenting) of certain veins to improve blood flow.
Why am I not continuing with CCSVI? Because, after the procedure, my walking continued to decline due to years of stress. (Stress also constricts blood flow.) It’s also expensive and if you have to have it repeated on the same vein it causes scar tissue. Unfortunately, it can cause a permanent blockage.
This is a temporary fix, it does not stop the progression of MS. Am I sorry I had this procedure done? No! I can now lift my leg to put my shoe on without me having to use my hands, and I still am free from Raynaud’s syndrome.
You can read my story here: CCSVI
Symptoms of poor circulation
→ Feelings of tiredness/less energy
→ Brain fog
→ Shortness of breath
→ Tingling in extremities
→ Muscle cramps
More severe symptoms include:
→ Extremities turning white
→ Extremities turning blue
Treatments for poor circulation
Diet, maintaining a balanced and healthy diet is the most important thing you can do. Eat a huge rainbow and variety of vegetables daily including raw vegetables.
Include good fats like salmon, avocados, and coconut oil. Ground flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, turmeric, ginger, garlic, raw almonds, and raw walnuts.
Eat grass-fed meat, pasture-raised poultry, and wild caught fish for protein. Try to eat organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Eat organic as much as possible, especially from the EWG’s Dirty Dozen List.
Drink plenty of water, and bone broth to nourish your cells and accelerate healing. Avoid all processed foods and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils including trans-fats. This includes corn, cottonseed, safflower, sunflower, and vegetable oils. Limit sugar, and other refined carbohydrates. These are primary causes of the deterioration of blood vessel walls.
Your breath should be a deep breath like when you are trying to warm your hands. Deep breathing not only helps with circulation, but it strengthens your immune system. It also releases toxins and reduces stress.
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How The Paleo Diet Benefits MS
Vitamins that can help poor circulation
Vitamin B, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E (look for “d-tocopherol” and not “dl-tocopherol” on the label). Supplements can interact with other medications. Talk to your doctor before taking them.
Eat healthy, exercise, remove stress, take deep breaths. You can do this – You Are An MS Warrior!
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