Poor blood circulation can take a toll on your body. It can be the hidden source of many ailments but, luckily, can easily be fixed.
We're sharing 10 natural ways to improve blood circulation. So get ready to find a happier, healthier version of you.
Now let's get the blood flowing!
10 Natural Ways to Improve Blood Circulation
This over the counter solution can be found at your local vitamin shop. It is an anticoagulant and helps prevent the formation of blood clots. It is also known as a powerful anti-inflammatory substance.
Turmeric contains substances known as curcuminoids, which can be very beneficial. The most important of the curcuminoids in turmeric is called curcumin. Curcumin is very powerful, however only accounts for 3% of turmeric by volume. There are also turmeric extracts that contain a higher constitution of curcumin.
Although it can be taken in capsule form, Turmeric can also be used in cooking. Many would be surprised to know that this beneficial supplement, is also the main spice used in curry.
Developed in the 1960s, vibration therapy was designed for Russian cosmonauts. Because Russian astronauts would be living in zero gravity conditions, making sure their bones and muscles didn't deteriorate was very important to the Russian space program. The solution? Whole Body Vibration.
What they didn't know, was that WBV Therapy elevates the blood's oxygen transportation capacity and overall circulation in the body. The process involves employing the use of a vibrating plate.
Vibrating plate therapy also helps to increase flexibility, rebuild muscle and bone mass and prevent aging. Not bad!
Get out there and go for a jog! Exercise gets the blood pumping and increases
However, don't over exert yourself! If you have poor circulation this can cause you harm, so be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine.
Rather working on your own, with a friend, or with a trainer, exercise doesn't have to be a punishment. Ask a friend to join you for a walk or take an exercise class with a family member.
If you're on your own and you don't know how to get started, check out an online workout video. YouTube has a variety of great videos, including fantastic follow-along yoga videos.
Massage may be one of the most enjoyable ways to improve blood circulation.
Popular massage styles include aromatherapy, reflexology, Swedish, Shiatsu, deep tissue, and Thai. Each style has its own positive attributes.
If a trip to the spa is out of your budget or impossible to schedule, be sure to check out a local 'foot massage' spot. Most of these massage clinic offer a very reasonable price point for a fully clothed massage. The best part? Most locations don't require an appointment!
Capsaicin, an element in cayenne pepper, is responsible for encouraging proper circulation. Try this recipe, courtesy of DIY remedies:
- Mix 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses, 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder in 1 cup of water.
- Stir well and drink it for twice daily.
- Or include cayenne pepper in your daily cooking (or) consult your doctor for its supplements.
- Also, remember pregnant or breastfeeding women should not consume cayenne pepper.
Chinese medicine has always placed a high value on circulation. Acupuncture and cupping are two examples of alternative medicine that promise better circulation.
Acupuncture utilizes small needles that are inserted into specific points throughout the body. These needles aren't painful and barely felt when inserted.
Cupping utilizes small glass cups which are heated and placed on the body. The suction created as the glass cools draws in the skin and promotes better circulation. Many Olympic athletes and Hollywood celebrities have been spotted with cupping bruises.
Avoid Bad Foods & Bad Habits
Avoiding bad food, such as those rich in saturated fats, high in calories, and salt, as well as processed foods.
Remember that smoking and excessive drinking are bad for your circulation, not to mention your health and life expectancy!
Additionally, Livestrong.com recommends foods rich in Omega-3s
"In a 1992 study published in "Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental," researchers found that introducing omega-3 fatty acids to rats in the form of fish oil increased blood flow to the liver. While saturated fats cause plaque buildup in the arteries and decrease blood circulation, omega-3 fatty acids actually improve blood circulation and prevent heart disease. According to an article published in the journal "Nutrients" in 2010, the best source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids is seafood. Specifically, striped perch fish were found to have the highest amounts, followed by Atlantic salmon, barramundi and silver perch. Shellfish, prawns and lobster also contain omega-3 fats but are much less potent sources than fish."
Heralded as one of the best supplements to help improve blood flow, garlic has a wealth of studies to support its use.
How does it work?
"Red blood cells process compounds from digested garlic and turn them into the cell messenger hydrogen sulfide (H2S), which relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow. Therefore, eating garlic may increase our natural supply of this vital chemical and play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease."(WebMD)
Garlic can be purchased as an over the counter supplement and taken in capsule form.
Strike a Pose: Vibrational Treatments & Yoga
Using a vibration plate to stimulate areas with poor circulation is always a good idea. Specific poses and positions are designed to target and improve blood circulation.
There is also a host of yoga poses designed to improve blood flow and can be very beneficial, especially when coupled with deep breathing.
Talk to Your Doctor
Most importantly, be sure to talk to your doctor about your concerns.
If you or someone you love is experiencing poor circulation, it is important to speak to a doctor about your concerns. This is especially important if your poor circulation is due to a heart condition.
This can also be a great opportunity to discuss any new supplements or exercise regimens you are considering. That way you can get your doctor's approval before introducing them into your daily routine.
In closing, poor circulation isn't a condition that you have to live with. The aforementioned exercises and supplements are a great place to start. Your doctor may also recommend medication to treat your symptoms if necessary.