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March 04, 2014

Simple Tips for Improving Your Blood Circulation

Do you find you often have cold hands and feet? What about numbness or tingling in your arms or legs? You may be suffering from poor blood circulation. Poor circulation affects many people, including older adults. While some circulation problems are mild, poor circulation can be more serious. When your veins and arteries aren’t able to adequately push blood throughout your body, it can negatively impact your organs and contribute to heart disease.

The good news is you can take some simple steps to improve your circulation. We take a look at a few here:

Get moving

Getting your heart pumping with exercise is a good way to improve your circulation. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. If you spend a lot of time sitting, get up every hour to stretch and move around. Try marching in place, and rotate your outstretched arms in small circles for a simple exercise to get your blood moving.

Make Smart Food and Drink Choices

Consuming the right foods and beverages can improve your circulation. Water at room temperature increases circulation, while alcohol and sugary drinks do the opposite. Also, make healthy food choices like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Be careful to limit your salt intake. A healthy diet will help you maintain or lose weight, which is another important factor in improving your circulation.

Quit Smoking

Smoking causes atherosclerosis, a leading cause of circulatory problems. Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries that hinders proper circulation. Fortunately, your body can start to heal and have improved circulation if you quit your nicotine habit.

Lower Your Stress

You know stress and anxiety can give you shortness of breath and a rapid heartbeat, both of which affect your circulation system. You can reduce stress in your life by practicing relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga.

Pamper Your Feet

There’s nothing like putting your feet up after a long day. As it so happens, putting your feet up is also good for your circulation. Taking or warm bath or soaking your feet in warm water has the same blood-pumping effect.

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