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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Red Bell Peppers
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.
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.
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
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.