Good circulation is vital for good health. But problems are common, especially as people age. When blood is poorly circulated, nutrients and oxygen fail to reach the cells, undermining their ability to remove toxins. Those who suffer from poor circulation often experience a range of problems, from memory loss and leg ulcers to cold hands and feet. You may also find that your body is slow to heal from cuts and infections.
If circulation is a problem, try the following.
1) Eat silica-rich foods. Foods rich in silica will shore up the arterial walls. Fruits and vegetables obtain this from the soil in which they grow. Unfortunately, modern farming methods, developed to feed an ever-growing population, have depleted the soil of such things. Therefore, you need to eat more silica-rich foods than your ancestors to derive the same benefits. Foods with a high silica content include radish, alfalfa, watercress, millet, oats, and celery.
2) Eat foods with a high rutin content. Rutin is a type of bioflavonoid that will help the body strengthen the small blood vessels. It also neutralises free radicals, which turn LDL cholesterol (the bad sort of cholesterol) into plaques. Rutin is found in black tea, apple peel, and citrus fruits.
3) Consume more omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These will reduce the amount of bad fats and thin your blood. The best source is fresh, oily fish, such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines. If you dislike fish, take fish oil capsules instead. You could also eat more linseed and sesame seed.
4) Avoid saturated/hydrogenated trans fats. These are essentially unnatural fats which the body finds it difficult either to incorporate or expel. Consequently, they remain stuck in the blood. Avoid pastries, pies, cakes, and anything cooked in lard or margarine.
5) Try supplements. In general, it is best to obtain all you need from a diet full of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. However, the right supplements can also help. The herb ginkgo biloba is often recommended for those with poor circulation. If you find ginkgo a little expensive, garlic will do much the same job. Add garlic to your meals whenever possible and take odorless capsules.
6) Get moving. Unsurprisingly, exercise is very important for those with poor circulation. But make your exercise regular and gentle rather than occasional and brutal. Too many people spend all week sitting in front of a computer screen and then compensate by overdoing it at the gym on a Saturday morning. If you suffer from poor circulation, a brisk, 50-minute walk every evening, followed by some yoga, would be better.
7) Have regular massages. These are especially important if you are unable to exercise due to disability, heart disease, or illness. You could try adding essential oils to these massages. Rosemary and ginger will help improve circulation if rubbed into the body.
With poor circulation, as with so many health problems, the key is to make lots of small changes and get into a new, daily routine. You should always seek the advice of a physician, but the effectiveness of any medication will only be enhanced by following the tips provided here.