You may have poor circulation for a number of reasons and, depending on who you are, they can be either due to a prolonged period of certain lifestyle choices or they can be hereditary. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve your blood circulation.
1) Maintain a Healthy Diet
Fruits that are high in vitamin C, particularly oranges, have blood thinning enzymes that help promote better circulation. Other types of foods that promote healthy circulation include olives, sunflower seeds, almonds and dark chocolate.
If you aren’t predisposed to or currently suffer from any gastrointestinal issues, spicy foods are also known to stimulate blood flow and therefore helps to increase blood circulation throughout the body.
2) Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can be the culprit of poor circulation because it can increase the viscosity of your blood, making it thick and more difficult to circulate through the body. Water is a huge part of our blood volume, so naturally drinking more water helps to restore the fluidity of blood, which in turn promotes better circulation.
Regular exercise is key for better circulation. The more you exercise regularly, the stronger your heart becomes so that it can oxygenate your blood which helps it circulate more quickly. When you exercise the blood vessels in your muscles dilate which produces a healthier amount of blood flow throughout your body. Just half an hour a day can make all the difference.
Now though it might sound contradictory to number 3, when your body undergoes long periods of physical and/ or mental stress it can be detrimental to your circulation. Gentle exercise or deep breathing are both great ways for your body to relax, improve circulation and even lower your blood pressure. You may also make it a point to take at least 10 minutes in the morning or evening to meditate or practice deep breathing.
5) Wear Compression Legwear
Compression legwear encourages healthy circulation by restoring blood flow. Therafirm true gradient compression hosiery delivers a controlled amount of pressure greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the top of the stocking to promote better blood flow and assist in preventing swelling and varicose veins. Other benefits include softness, coolness, comfortability and a wide range of styles, sizes and colors across multiple brands.
You should also know that many of these tips have other added benefits as well, such as helping to maintain a lower blood pressure, a lower amount of bad cholesterol and more energy. It is good to understand that restoring a healthy blood circulation won’t necessarily happen overnight – Have patience with yourself and remember that your health and happiness is completely worth the dedication and effort.
*This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.
By Jenna Baker. Jenna on Google+