Poor blood circulation can be responsible for a host of medical problems, including fatigue, venous insufficiency, shortness of breath, cold hands and feet, and pain.
Improper blood circulation can also lead to heart disease and stroke. The following tips can help you naturally increase and improve blood circulation:
- It is almost a no brainer that regular and sufficient exercise is the best antidote to poor circulation. So adequate amounts of exercise should be done regularly.
- Avoid unhealthy foods that have high saturated fat content, processed foods and foods that have high sugar content.
- Eat items rich in Vitamin B: potatoes, chili peppers, lentils and beans are good sources. Consider a vitamin B complex supplement if you are deficient.
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration tends to thicken blood and impede its flow, making the heart work harder.
- Vitamin E is also seen to improve endothelial function and therefore blood circulation. A study examined the effects of a vitamin E supplement when consumed along with unhealthy fast foods. The negative impact of the unhealthy meal was seen to be diminished by the Vitamin E.
- Garlic is also good for improving endothelial functioning.
- Flavonoids found in fruits and veggies as well as coffee beans are also good for improving the consistency of blood.