Poor circulation is a very common problem that can affect anyone, regardless of age. This disorder usually begins in the extremities (cold hands and feet) but affects the blood flow in its entirety. Here are some tips to overcome them.
What are the factors that favor poor circulation?
Many factors contribute to poor blood circulation and the most common are weakening of blood vessels, or sitting too long. At first, the disorder is usually not taken seriously. But it is a warning sign that you need to make some changes in your lifestyle.
How to prevent poor and promote better blood circulation?
First, to thing to do to improve blood circulation is exercise! Physical activity is the best treatment to relieve tired legs and treat circulatory disorders. But if you do not have enough time (or motivation) to devote to a sport, here are some tips to apply in everyday life.
Drinking water is an essential health act that keeps a body healthy. The water hydrates the body and promotes tissue perfusion. It stimulates digestion and allows better “passage” of nutrients into the cells. Finally, water provides E-LI-MI-NER bad toxins! On average, it is recommended to drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day. However, your water needs may increase depending on your energy expenditure (sport, heat …).
Cayenne chili contains capsaicin, a chemical that promotes blood circulation throughout the body and stimulates the organs. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the efficacy of capsaicin to relieve circulatory disorders. Almost instantly it relieves symptoms associated with disorders of blood circulation, including inflammatory pain, headaches, cold feet and hands and the tingling sensations that can be felt in the legs.
Mix half a teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of molasses. Mix all ingredients in a cup of water and drink this mixture two times a day.
Pregnant or nursing women should not eat cayenne pepper.
The Gingko Biloba is an herb commonly used in herbal medicine due to its veinotonic, vasodilatory and neuroprotective benefits that promote good circulation. It can be consumed in the form of capsules or tablets.
Horse chestnut is widely reputed to relieve venous insufficiency and improve blood circulation in the body. It contains aescin, an active component that not only relieves the inflammation but also strengthen the capillary walls.
This plant very much used in cooking has incredible health benefits. Ginger relieves inflammation and stimulates blood circulation especially through the active compounds it contains. It contains gingerols (powerful anti-inflammatory compounds) that have warming effect on the body and therefore improve blood flow. Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc that enhance venous return, particularly in the extremities (hands and feet). In addition, regular consumption of ginger prevents the formation of blood clots in the body, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Ginger is not recommended for pregnant women, hypertensive, diabetic and the those with low weight.
The essential oils of ginger, cinnamon and rosemary
The health benefits of these essential oils can be explained by the fact that they promote the dilation of capillaries, which can increase the blood flow to the skin surface. These oils have a thermogenic effect on the body (microcirculation stimulated).
This oil is particularly effective in removing fat deposits on the artery walls, which improves blood flow. Furthermore, fish oil increases the HDL cholesterol level in the body (considered good cholesterol). You can consume fish oil in two ways: either through the preparation of your usual dishes (once a week) or by taking dietary supplements.
The list of health benefits of garlic is infinite. Apart from its antimicrobial and anti-infectious qualities, garlic improves circulation, lowers blood pressure and prevents the accumulation of platelets and the formation of plaque in arteries, which reduces the risk of atherosclerosis. A study published in 2006 in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, says that garlic is very beneficial to maintain cardiovascular health.