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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.