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How to Boost Your Circulation Naturally and Why it is Important

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Posted on Feb 17, 2022, 5 p.m.

Blood circulation is essential to maintaining excellent health and having your body at its optimal best. However, we tend to neglect this and only pay attention to it once certain bodily functions fail. As a result, we greatly risk our health and find ourselves dealing with different illnesses.

Proper blood circulation is vital to avoid these illnesses and significantly improve your immune system. There are different approaches to increasing circulation but going the natural route is better. 

It will help improve your blood circulation, promote your general health and be more accessible. Here are some practical ways to help you naturally increase your blood circulation.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is an easy task that most people neglect and only focus on quenching their thirst. However, it is essential to ensure that you don’t just drink water when thirsty; it should be consistent. Drinking water promotes healthy circulation and carries nutrients and oxygen to your blood cells. 

Hydration is vital when boosting your blood circulation, and you should take it seriously. However, if you struggle to drink water, consider using other fluids to keep yourself hydrated. For example, drinking tea is an excellent substitute for drinking water. 

Black and green tea are incredible examples of some of the best teas that will keep you hydrated. In addition, studies done show that drinking black tea improves your cardiovascular functions significantly. 

Eat the Right Foods

We all know that eating junk food comes with significant effects, especially on the cardiovascular system. It hinders blood flow and results in different illnesses. Therefore, you need to reduce or avoid the intake of junk food to help you avoid any blood circulation problems.

Instead, change your diet and adopt a more healthy approach that will help you boost your circulation and keep you healthy. There are specific healthy foods that help increase blood circulation, and you should aim to include them in your meals. Some of these foods include:

  • Fatty Fish

Fish contain Omega 3 fatty acids that help dilate your blood vessels, reduce oxidative stress, and increase blood flow. Additionally, they also help reduce the chances of blood clots by ensuring your platelets stay healthy.

  • Turmeric

Turmeric contains Curcumin, a compound that helps increase nitric oxide production and reduce oxidative stress. These compound’s functions help boost blood circulation significantly and reduce stress on your cardiovascular system. 

  • Leafy Greens

Most leafy greens are nitrate-rich foods that dilate your blood vessels allowing blood to flow easily. 

  • Citrus Foods

Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons contain antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body. With reduced inflammation, your blood pressure decreases and allows for more effortless blood flow.

Stay Active

Moving your body comes with different advantages making it essential to your daily routine. For example, an active lifestyle improves your blood circulation significantly to ensure that your health is at its best. 

Slow exercises such as yoga and stretching allow you to compress and decompress your veins resulting in better blood flow. Additionally, exercising helps you maintain a healthy weight that doesn’t hinder blood circulation.

 Wear Compression Socks

Compression socks help support your veins and keep them from dilating resulting in varicose veins. In addition, these socks help squeeze and massage your leg to allow the veins to loosen and let blood flow easier. If you have pre-existing conditions like diabetes, compression socks for individuals with neuropathy will be essential. They will help reduce pain and increase blood circulation to help you better manage your condition. 

Manage Your Stress Levels

Stress is a significant cause of cardiovascular diseases and results in circulatory problems. Therefore, learning to manage your stress levels is essential to maintaining your health. There are different ways you can do this and keep your stress levels at a bare minimum. Some suggestions include:

  • Exercising
  • Meditating
  • Getting a massage
  • Sleeping in 
  • Eliminating stress triggers
  • Chatting with friends

The key to managing your stress levels is finding something you enjoy doing. Additionally, getting to know yourself will help you identify when you are stressed and what triggered the stress. You can then ensure that your stressors stay at bay. 

Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check

Pressure on the walls of your blood vessels as blood circulates can hinder an effortless flow. This pressure causes your heart and blood vessels to work harder than required resulting in less efficiency. As a result, the pressure cause tears in the artery walls, which encourage the survival of plaque. 

The plaque in your artery walls will make it impossible for blood to flow easily. Therefore, you need to keep your blood pressure levels in check by monitoring them and doing things to help you maintain them. For instance, exercising, lowering stress, and cutting back on sodium can help you achieve this. 

Elevate Your Legs

Elevating your legs is by far the easiest thing you can do to get your blood flowing easily. You can start doing it as you read this post. All you need to do is lie on your back and place your legs against a wall in an elevated position. 

You want to aim at elevating the legs at or above the heart level. Elevating your legs works by reducing pressure on your veins since they don’t have to work so hard to get blood from your legs to the heart. Take your time in the elevated position to help you reap the full benefits of being in this position. 

Why Boosting Your Blood Circulation is Important

Boosting your blood circulation is essential in different ways, given that blood is a vital aspect of your bodily function. Here are some reasons you should actively find ways to boost your blood circulation.

Better Organ Function

Proper blood circulation is paramount to the functions of your body organs. It allows for enough oxygen and blood to flow throughout your body resulting in the optimal operation of different organs.

Increased Immunity

Your bloodstream contains blood cells that fight infections in your body. With improved blood circulation, your body can protect you and keep you healthy.

Better Cardiovascular Health

Improved blood circulation relieves pressure from the cardiovascular system allowing it to function optimally. However, over-exhausting the cardiovascular system can lead to other complications that hinder your health. Therefore, boosting your blood circulation will help keep you healthy in the long run.

This article was written for WHN by Melissa Waltz, an experienced content creator based in Dallas, TX, blogger, and health advocate who can be found gardening, traveling, reading, and enjoying music in her free time. 

As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before making any changes to your wellness routine.

Content may be edited for style and length.

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