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Hack your Circulation

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Created July 16, 2010 at 4:39 PM

What do you do or eat to improve your circulation?

Cfa2637d1b6ec288d32379de06415792

(235)

on December 14, 2011
at 07:44 AM

Yes, when I am in the shower, my toes go dark purple, and when I go out in the cold, it takes more than 20min to go past the numbness. I think I will se a doctor, as I did all I could foodwise and no success. :(

368568eb91f1b58d2f52c9c566d331b5

(182)

on December 01, 2011
at 05:20 PM

True, it could simply be an issue of heat-loss.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 01, 2011
at 05:08 PM

I'm similar to you. I also have thin fingers, without much flesh or fat.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 01, 2011
at 05:07 PM

How's your salt/iodine intake? It's actually possible to get too little if eating ancestrally. Do you ingest any kelp powder? Anyhow, if you really mean purple I'd talk to a doctor.

5ab7e8f4d72d75a8814d3fa85da65df8

(60)

on December 01, 2011
at 01:10 PM

sounds like it might not be food related. I'd go see a doctor just in case. Having cold feet in the winter myself, they never get numb, so that sounds like a more serous problem. Have you tried to boost your circulation with hot and cold showers?

3eafb88d6a6d762fcfa8ed4eb0576260

(642)

on July 21, 2010
at 08:48 PM

Not sure about any studies, but Dr. Atkins himself acknowledged that long term low-carbing reduces the conversion of T4 to T3; meanwhile, poor circulation is commonly cited as a symptom of a sluggish metabolism. So I'm just putting these two facts together and suggesting a possible connection.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 20, 2010
at 10:51 PM

Are there studies with low carb and poor circulation?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 17, 2010
at 03:53 PM

I eat fish 2-3x week, large portions of meat. 0.75-1 lb/sitting.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 17, 2010
at 09:06 AM

Not cold, plenty of energy

95ab15c8ef50ff0daf87ccbdd52cd3b8

(2384)

on July 16, 2010
at 11:15 PM

Second the thyroid problem... a set of electrolyte/endocrine tests wouldn't be a bad idea.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on July 16, 2010
at 08:27 PM

Cold feet could be from a thyroid problem, too, not necessarily circulation.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 16, 2010
at 08:14 PM

Ankles and arches, basically feet, calves hamstring, that sciatic row gets poor circulation despite plenty of movement

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3eafb88d6a6d762fcfa8ed4eb0576260

on July 20, 2010
at 10:48 PM

Eating starch helps keep my extremities warm, which is one sign of good circulation.

Prolonged carbohydrate restriction can cause a decline in the liver's conversion of T4 to the active thyroid hormone, T3, which in turn slows down the metabolism. Poor circulation may be one manifestation of this.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 20, 2010
at 10:51 PM

Are there studies with low carb and poor circulation?

3eafb88d6a6d762fcfa8ed4eb0576260

(642)

on July 21, 2010
at 08:48 PM

Not sure about any studies, but Dr. Atkins himself acknowledged that long term low-carbing reduces the conversion of T4 to T3; meanwhile, poor circulation is commonly cited as a symptom of a sluggish metabolism. So I'm just putting these two facts together and suggesting a possible connection.

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on July 16, 2010
at 04:46 PM

For all the people who are going to answer: going to the sauna, you are right! Going to the sauna is much more efficient, if you walk, run, bike, skate, ... to it.

The actual sauna is ok -and fun and relaxing, I must admit.

So my answer:

  1. move
  2. don't sit still

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368568eb91f1b58d2f52c9c566d331b5

(182)

on December 01, 2011
at 04:32 PM

I have perpetually cold feet and hands in the winter. My thyroid is fine, I exercise 5-6 days/week and my metabolism is high. My blood pressure is on the low side, though.. I've often wondered if this was the problem.

368568eb91f1b58d2f52c9c566d331b5

(182)

on December 01, 2011
at 05:20 PM

True, it could simply be an issue of heat-loss.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 01, 2011
at 05:08 PM

I'm similar to you. I also have thin fingers, without much flesh or fat.

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7c2b34b8626dc30e40567283c4ad1e1c

on August 26, 2010
at 04:28 AM

Mike Jones is right on the money, Rob Faigin describes this in his book Natural Hormonal Enhancement.

"... T3 is a key regulator of metabolic rate, and that calorie restriction causes a decline in T3.?? Studies also show that diets that continuously restrict carbohydrate (like the Atkins diet, for instance) cause a reduction in T3, and that administering carbohydrate can restore T3 levels after they have declined."??

Here is a recent article I wrote on this very subject:

http://www.carnivorehealth.com/main/2010/8/1/is-body-temperature-the-ultimate-marker-for-health.html

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 02, 2011
at 12:39 AM

I use a magnetic mattress (Nikken) and also magnetic insoles whenever I wear shoes. No more cold feet when I am in cold weather even though I am hypothyroid.

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E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

(383)

on December 01, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Since going paleo my hands and bum are warmer, but my feet feel like they radiate cold. I've found that progressively lowering the shower temp and doing a final cold rinse (hot damn, I hate those!) keeps me feeling warm in general. But my poor feet! And my poor husband, on whom I push them at night! A hot pad on my sacrum while sitting in the evening helps.

  • Na 138 mmol/l
  • Ka 4.2 mmol/l
  • FT3 2.7 pg/ml
  • FT4 1.4 ng/ml
  • TSH 2.76 mlU/l

Will be watching the thread in case anyone has new answers.

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Cfa2637d1b6ec288d32379de06415792

on December 01, 2011
at 12:24 PM

I have been experiencing really bad circulation in hands and feet. It used to be a bit of an issue before going paleo and it is getting worse now. I increased my carb intake and it didn't help. I live in Belgium (cold now), exercise moderate to low, eat loads of fish (salmon nearly everyday) and fatty meats such as lamb or bacon once or twice a week.

I cut down eggs and cheese a few days ago and nuts 10 days ago, but no changes. Should I wait any longer to see results? My poor toes keep going purple and if I go outside the soles of my feet go completely numb!!!!

5ab7e8f4d72d75a8814d3fa85da65df8

(60)

on December 01, 2011
at 01:10 PM

sounds like it might not be food related. I'd go see a doctor just in case. Having cold feet in the winter myself, they never get numb, so that sounds like a more serous problem. Have you tried to boost your circulation with hot and cold showers?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 01, 2011
at 05:07 PM

How's your salt/iodine intake? It's actually possible to get too little if eating ancestrally. Do you ingest any kelp powder? Anyhow, if you really mean purple I'd talk to a doctor.

Cfa2637d1b6ec288d32379de06415792

(235)

on December 14, 2011
at 07:44 AM

Yes, when I am in the shower, my toes go dark purple, and when I go out in the cold, it takes more than 20min to go past the numbness. I think I will se a doctor, as I did all I could foodwise and no success. :(

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Ae011d9f1c8654ea66854ca2a977c397

(1165)

on July 21, 2010
at 03:20 AM

L-arginine 3,000 mg a day with horse chestnut and bilberry. Maybe add in some ginkgo once and awhile. Big increase in circulation.

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Medium avatar

(7073)

on July 20, 2010
at 06:10 AM

My circulation wholly improved after switching to paleo, but you may want to look at thyroid problems, of which poor circulation can be an indicator.

here are some other symptoms:

Coarse hair and hair falling out easily, Dry or scaly skin, Constipation, Slow but steady weight gain, Having no energy.

Try adding some selenium/iodine to your diet in the form of seafood and fish and cut out soya and cruciferous veggies such as broccoli for a while and see if things improve.

If not, you may want to go to the doctor to get a blood test for the levels of TSH and total T4 in your body ;)

more info here.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on July 17, 2010
at 05:27 AM

Thyroid probs are sometimes caused by insufficient iodine intake. Paleo people who cut out all salty and processed foods and who do not eat foods rich in iodine may suffer from iodine defiency which causes poor thyroid function. On thing about the SAD diet is that all that fortified salt prevents iodine deficiency. You should make sure your iodine intake is adequate but do not take too much either. Have your thyroid function checked. If you have an autoimmune thyroid problem, excess iodine can sometimes make it worse. But on the flip side, other thyroid problems can happen because of not enough iodine. That's why it's good to have some tests run first before deciding what to do. Cold extremities and poor circulation are often signs of hypothyroid and hypothyroid problems are common. -Eva

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 17, 2010
at 03:53 PM

I eat fish 2-3x week, large portions of meat. 0.75-1 lb/sitting.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 16, 2010
at 05:11 PM

It may depend on what you mean by improving. I had poor circulation in my feet in winter (presumably, since I had constantly cold feet) and ate lots of ginger and cayenne to help with the problem. The biggest difference though was made by switching to wearing sandals year round (wool socks in winter) so there was nothing binding my ankles.

What kind of circulation problems are you having?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 16, 2010
at 08:14 PM

Ankles and arches, basically feet, calves hamstring, that sciatic row gets poor circulation despite plenty of movement

95ab15c8ef50ff0daf87ccbdd52cd3b8

(2384)

on July 16, 2010
at 11:15 PM

Second the thyroid problem... a set of electrolyte/endocrine tests wouldn't be a bad idea.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on July 16, 2010
at 08:27 PM

Cold feet could be from a thyroid problem, too, not necessarily circulation.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on July 17, 2010
at 09:06 AM

Not cold, plenty of energy

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