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10 Natural Easy Remedies That Improve Blood Circulation in Feet

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
If you want to enjoy overall good health, you must take care of your circulatory system. Your blood carries oxygen, minerals and nutrients throughout your body. Good circulation is key for excellent organ function and cell growth.

You are most likely to experience symptoms of poor circulation in the feet and hands (extremities) but it also takes a toll on your internal organs and your brain. In fact, it can be the basis of a number of serious health problems.

What Are The Symptoms Of Poor Circulation?

If your circulation is not up to snuff, you may notice: 

  • Numbness and tingling sensations in your extremities
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cold feet and hands
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Loss of hair
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Leg pain
  • Dry skin
  • Edema

If you notice these symptoms, be sure to see your doctor right away. They could be the harbingers of serious illness.

What Causes Poor Circulation?

Generally speaking, bad habits are the cause of insufficient blood circulation. If you spend a lot of time sitting, have a sedentary lifestyle, drink, smoke, consume excessive caffeine and/or eat an unhealthy diet you are likely to have poor circulation.

Sometimes medical conditions can cause the problems. For example, pregnant women may have circulatory problems. Also, if you have:

  • A nerve disorder
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • High cholesterol
  • Thyroid disease
  • Food allergies
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Anemia may experience poor circulation. It is worth noting that a number of the medical conditions listed here are caused by the bad habits listed above. It is always a good idea to practice healthy lifestyle habits. If you do suffer from a circulatory disorder or other serious medical condition, you should work closely with your doctor to establish healthy habits.

Ten Great Home Remedies To Improve Your Circulation 

1. Partake of light-to-moderate, enjoyable exercise everyday. Select a form of exercise that is easy to do and that you enjoy so that you will be more likely to exercise consistently. Good choices include:

  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Yoga

Participate in more active exercise once or twice weekly. Playing active games with your family members and friends can be a great way to socialize and exercise.

2. Improve circulation to your hands and feet by circling them and flexing them for fifteen minutes morning and evening. It is easy to do this before you get out of bed and while you are watching telly in the evening.

3. Indulge yourself in a regular foot massage. It's excellent if you can get a professional massage once a week or so. If not, establish a time with your partner or on your own for stimulating massage with a natural oil. This will help you relax and dilates blood vessels to improve circulation. Always massage from your extremities toward your heart. Acupuncture and acupressure treatments are also good, relaxing and beneficial treatments

3. Reap the benefits of hydrotherapy. Take warm, soaking baths in an electric home foot spa. This is another great way to relax your entire body and dilate your blood vessels. If you have access to a steam bath and/or whirlpool, these choices also impart excellent benefits. Dry skin brushing before your bath is a great way to stimulate your circulation. 

4. Add turmeric to your diet. This tasty spice helps reduce inflammation throughout your body by improving the quality of your blood and your circulation. It helps reduce the buildup of arterial plaque and diminishes the chances of blood clot formation. There are many wonderful ways to add this spice to your diet. Use it in cooking, in smoothies and keep a shaker of it on your table.

If you don't like the taste of turmeric, it is also available in capsule form as a supplement. Consult with your doctor and follow package instructions.

5. Add cayenne pepper to your diet. This beneficial spice contains capsaicin, which stimulates excellent blood flow throughout your body. It works to strengthen your capillaries and arteries and reduces annoying poor circulation symptoms such as numbness and tingling, headaches and pain. 

Like turmeric, you can find many creative culinary uses for this spice, or you can simply purchase it as a supplement in capsules. 

6. Switch your cooking oils. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides and healthy fats that help reduce arterial inflammation. Using coconut oil for all your hot cooking needs will help improve your circulation.
It can also be used as a tasty spread in the place of butter or margarine. Consume up to three tablespoons daily for best results. 

7. Make green tea your drink of choice. It is filled with antioxidants that help improve your circulation and relax your arteries thanks to its high nitric oxide content. This substance is a very effective natural vasodilator. You can enjoy two or three cups of green tea every day. If you don't like hot tea, try it iced with honey and/or lemon. 

8. Pure, dark chocolate has definite health benefits and is especially helpful for promoting good circulation. It does this by having a positive effect on the bio-chemicals that cause your arteries to widen. You can enjoy an ounce or so of pure, dark chocolate every day for the benefit of your arteries. Just make certain that it is a minimum of 70% cocoa. 

9. Enjoy ginger in your daily diet. This is another common spice that can provide wonderful health benefits. Ginger warms the body and improves blood circulation reducing the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Enjoy it as tea and baked goods and as an addition to Asian cooking. As with the other spices, if you don't like the taste, capsule supplements are available.

10. Garlic is a fabulous dietary addition that prevents aggregation of blood platelets, reduces blood pressure and promotes excellent circulation. It also prevents buildup of arterial plaque and reduces your risk of developing atherosclerosis. Raw garlic is best, and you can simply munch on two or three fresh cloves daily if you like. If not, add it to all of your savory cooking and keep a shaker of garlic powder on your table to add to your dishes liberally. Supplements are also available. 

Develop These Healthy Habits 

  • Stay hydrated by keeping a reusable, stainless steel or tempered glass container of pure filtered tap water by your side at all times.
  • Consume caffeine with care and caution. Small amounts can be beneficial. Large amounts are detrimental. 
  • Take a five minute break every twenty minutes when you must sit for extended periods.
  • Talk with your doctor about adding an omega-3 supplement to your daily routine. 
  • Eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies for the vitamin C and antioxidant content. 
  • Put your feet up whenever you have a chance. 
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol from your diet.
  • Reduce the amount of salt you consume. 
  • Don't smoke or use tobacco products. 
  • Avoid saturated fats.