Natural remedies to improve foot circulation

Maintaining our circulation is just as important as having a healthy diet, and in fact, they go hand in hand.

Maintaining our circulation is just as important as having a healthy diet, and in fact, they go hand in hand.

Imagine your circulatory system as a network of tubular highways reaching every part of your body. Now imagine a traffic jam on one of those highways, with massive delays, excess pollution and a high risk of accidents.

Symptoms of bad circulation in your feet:

  • Cramping during activity
  • Cramping during inactivity
  • Swelling and achiness
  • Tingling
  • Persistent coldness

In addition to potentially indicating more serious medical conditions, poor circulation may provoke deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT can occur when a vein is damaged or blood flow stops because of poor circulation, leading to a sudden, deep blood clot in the leg, accompanied by severe pain.

If you are obese and/or over age 40 and have poor circulation, you are at a higher risk for developing life-threatening DVT.

To keep your circulation moving in your feet, here’s how to improve your overall health:

1. Drink plenty of water

As circulation is vital to all of the body’s functions and water makes up a large part of blood volume it is important to drink enough water every day. Don’t allow yourself to get dehydrated as this will cause stress to your circulatory system.

2. Exercise regularly

If you’re not already exercising, start out by doing some Pilates or easy yoga to get yourself moving. Even going for a walk or light jog can do you a world of good.

Aqua aerobics is a fabulous way to get your blood pumping and create resistance.

3. Take a hike

Grab your dog or a friend and go for a brisk, uphill walk if you can manage it. You will feel the blood pumping and will feel energised. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water too.

4. Eat spicy food

Spicy food i.e. chilli peppers are a source of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), helps more fats and cholesterol in the water-based solution of your blood stream and enables your body to dissolve any blood clots that may potentially form.

The capsaicin in hot peppers helps tackle inflammation, too, and because spicy foods are rich in vitamins A and C, they raise your body’s temperature, which increases blood flow and gets your blood moving.

5. Ginger and turmeric root

Ginger can help jumpstart blood flow, as can turmeric root, which has anti-inflammatory properties. These two in unison can create a very nice rhythm in your blood flow and will help to flush out any toxins.

6. Celery

Celery is rich in Vitamin K, an important nutrient needed for healthy blood flow and healthy blood clotting (which is necessary during times of injury). Celery is also important for flushing out waste and being a natural diuretic.

7. Oats

Oats have the ability to remove cholesterol from the body and are also anti-inflammatory. These are also some of the most antioxidant packed grains you can eat in just a small serving. They also help provide energy.

8. Cucumbers

Cucumbers are much like celery in their ability to shuttle out wastes and remove toxins, but they also they provide water, potassium, Vitamin C, and fibre, which can greatly benefit blood flow. They are also an anti-inflammatory.

Other foods that are great for circulation are carrots, avocados, tomatoes, squash, and other root vegetables.

Do you have circulatory issues in your feet?

  1. I treated myself to a Revitive foot circulation pad it is the best money I have ever spent take 30 minutes in the evening while watching the box to put your feet on the pads you can feel the electrical energy going up your legs and you will soon notice how much more flexible you are with less pain in ankles and knees – does wonders for swollen feet and ankles.

    • Ruth the manufacturer recommends not to use at night before going to bed, for that reason I use mine while relaxing for a while during the day.

    • on the choice website it say this is not proven to have any effect, I was considering buying one. I would like to hear from more people if they think this works

    • I find that about 30 minutes around 6.00pm is perfect for me and there are significant improvements in my general mobility and less pain. If you are in New Zealand they offer a try before you buy deal with a right of full refund.

    • Libbi I have ad mine for 5 years, and it definitely works. Before I got mine I was having bad cramps at night and pain and swelling in my ankles, once I started using it, that all stopped. I would recommend it to anyone.

  2. Yes mine did until about 5 years ago, so I bought a circulation booster and it changed that within a few weeks. I use it for a 1/2 hour each day but if I happen to be away it doesn’t seem to matter if I miss a day or two.

    • I specifically asked Revitive why they are so expensive apparently it is because they are deemed to be a medical device and have to undergo all kinds of intense testing and certification.

  3. I bought a Revitive and it actually made my feet worse with increased swelling. Stopped using it and my feet improved.

  4. I would love the electronic pulse machine for circulation but I have AF and my heart reacts badly to anything like that or a tems machine.

  5. My feet feel hot and burning, but not to the touch.

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