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If You’ve Included These 8 Foods In Your Diet, You’re Having Good Circulation

If You’ve Included These 8 Foods In Your Diet, You’re Having Good Circulation

When it comes to health, most people think about their heart, their immune system, their weight and their cholesterol. Very few people think about their blood, even though it can affect nearly every other aspect of their health.

Good circulation helps your body in lots of different ways; it keeps your heart healthy, it aids digestion and it helps you to regulate your body temperature. If the blood flow to one part of your body is reduced, you may experience symptoms such as tingling, numbness, pain and muscle cramps.

Thankfully you can improve circulation with certain foods. Here are 8 foods that improve circulation.

1. Spinach

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    Spinach is great for your blood, as it is one of the densest sources of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps to cleanse the blood and the liver, removing waste and toxins and helping to filter your blood. Spinach is also a great source of vitamin C, which also helps to improve your blood. You can eat spinach lots of different ways; in a salad, a soup or raw. If you are using anticoagulants, you should avoid leafy greens such as spinach, as it could increase your chances of getting a blood clot. Instead, try a fruit from this list.

    2. Asparagus

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      Asparagus helps to improve circulation as it acts as a diuretic. This means it is great at flushing toxins out of the body, and it is filled with potassium, vitamin C, folate, and fiber. If you are allergic to garlic, onions, and chives, you may also be allergic to asparagus. If so, try another vegetable on this list.

      3. Celery

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        Celery improves blood flow as it is rich in vitamin K, one of the most important nutrients for healthy blood flow and clotting (which is essential if you injure yourself). Celery is also filled with electrolytes that help your body to flush out waste. You can add the celery to soups, salads, smoothies, wraps, or you can simply eat it raw.

        Some people are allergic to celery, and they cannot eat it raw or cooked. If you are allergic to celery focus on leafy greens such as spinach.

        4. Cucumber

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          Cucumbers are anti-inflammatory and they contain vitamin C, which helps your body to remove waste and toxins from your blood. Cucumbers also contain water and fiber to improve your blood flow even more. Buy organic cucumbers and eat them raw. You can add the cucumber to a salad if you don’t like the taste of cucumber on its own. Some people are allergic to cucumbers, and they have itchy skin after eating them. If this happens to you, avoid cucumbers as you may be allergic to them.

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          5. Red Bell Peppers

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            Red bell peppers are also a great source of vitamin C; just one pepper contains your daily recommended amount of vitamin C! They are also a good source of antioxidants and they are hydrating, which further helps to improve blood flow. You can eat red peppers in lots of different meals including salad, stir-fry or curry, or you can stuff them with grains and vegetables. You can also eat them raw – they are great for dipping!

            Some people experience acid reflux or heartburn when they eat red peppers. If this happens to you, avoid peppers and try something else on this list.

            6. Walnuts

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              Walnuts are one of the most beneficial nuts for circulation. They contain special antioxidant components that help to improve blood flow, as well as omega 3 fats. Walnuts become more acidic when you cook them, so it is best to eat them raw. You can sprinkle walnuts into a salad or a dessert, or you can buy walnut butter to spread on bread. If you really want to improve your circulation add walnuts to porridge, as oats also help to improve circulation.

              If you haven’t eaten walnuts, before be cautious. Lots of people have allergies to tree nuts and eating walnuts can trigger an allergic reaction. If you’re eating walnuts for the first time and you experience stomach cramps or nausea, speak to a doctor.

              7. Oats

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                Oats are great for the body and they can benefit you in lots of different ways. They improve blood flow as they are known to reduce the level of cholesterol in the body, and they also have anti-inflammatory properties. If you want to eat oats to improve your blood flow, eat a bowl of porridge in the morning. If you can’t eat gluten, don’t worry; gluten-free oats can also help to improve circulation.

                8. Citrus Fruits

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                  Lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruits all have anti-inflammatory properties that help to increase blood flow. They also help to alkalize the body, which cleanses the body of toxins and waste. You can either eat the fruit raw or drizzle it over salads. Smoothies are another popular and healthy option. As oranges are very acidic, you should avoid them if you have reoccurring stomach problems. You should also eat fresh oranges if you have Type 2 Diabetes instead of orange juice, as orange juice can cause health damaging spikes to your blood sugar levels.

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                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                  We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                  The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                  Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                  1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                  Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                  For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                  • (1) Research
                  • (2) Deciding the topic
                  • (3) Creating the outline
                  • (4) Drafting the content
                  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                  • (6) Revision
                  • (7) etc.

                  Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                  2. Change Your Environment

                  Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                  One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                  3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                  Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                  Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                  My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                  Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                  4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                  If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                  Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                  I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                  5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                  I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                  Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                  As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                  6. Get a Buddy

                  Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                  I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                  7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                  This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                  For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                  8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                  What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                  9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                  If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                  Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                  10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                  Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                  Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                  11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                  At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                  Reality check:

                  I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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