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Old 04-13-2005, 01:29 PM   #4
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Arrow Re: ways to improve circulation?

I have the same problem w/ being cold all the time. Everyone's always telling me if I gained weight I wouldn't be so cold (I'm on the skinny-side too, 5'6" 102lbs), but I highly doubt that's all there is to it. For some reason, I just don't have very good circulation & I've noticed this even more since I began taking Adderall (an amphetamine drug used to treat ADHD) a year ago. It constricts your blood vessels, which naturally slows down circulation. My mom has the same prob (w/ being cold).

Fortunately, there are some things u can do to improve your circulation. The most obvious being exercise. Any type of physical activity (that gets your heart pumping) helps make your heart pump blood more efficiently & therefore, improves circulation. It may take awhile to notice the effects, but eventually u should see a difference. Also, are you eating right/drinking enough H2O? Cuz in order for your heart to do what it needs to do, you should be drinking at least 8 8oz glasses of water a day + getting proper amount of calcium & potassium in your diet. Maybe even consider taking a multivitamin if you're not already taking one. Also, for immediate relief of poor circulation, try massaging the area that's not getting enough blood flow. By doing this, blood will naturally flow to that area, improving circulation temporarily.

Hope my suggestions help. Remember -- you're not alone on this! Good luck!