Do you suffer from poor circulation?

  • Do you feel cold in the hands and feet, even though it’s a warm day?
  • Do you get numbness or pins and needles in your extremities?
  • Do your feet or hands swell up with fluid?
  • Is your skin changing colour, getting paler, have  abluish tinge or becoming reddish?
  • Do you have digestive issues or loss of appetite?
  • Have you suffered from vertigo or dizziness?
  • Is your hair falling out?
  • Are you always feeling tired?
  • Do you have dark circles under your eyes?
  • Does your skin itch, particularly on your hands, feet or legs?
  • Suffer from cramps?
  • Do wounds take a while to heal?
  • Do you have brain fog or sluggish memory?
  • Are you short of breath for no reason?

What causes poor circulation?

  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Food allergies and unmanaged food sensitivities
  • Poor diet
  • High cholesterol
  • Emphysema
  • Thyroid disease
  • Increased weight and obesity
  • High blood pressure and heart disorders
  • A loss of blood vessel resilience
  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Nerve Disorders
  • Pneumonia
  • Blocked Blood Vessels
  • Pressure in aeroplanes

What’s the best way to prevent, treat and improve circulation?

  • Regular exercise for at least 30 minutes a day x 4 times a week. Cycling, walking, running, swimming, or aerobics all help to get the blood pumping. Try H.I.I.T (high intensity interval training)
  • Eating a healthy, well balanced diet, with lots of soluble and insoluble fibre.
  • Vitamin C and bioflavonoids such as anthocyanins, curcumin, quercetin, resveratrol and rutin. Eat plenty of; unpeeled apples, capsicums, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables,dark cherries and berries, citrus fruits, raw cacao, cranberries, figs buckwheat, asparagus, pulses such as beans and lentils, black, green and red (Rooibos) tea.

  • Drink 1 x glass of red wine for resveratrol
  • Foods that improve circulation include; garlic, ginger, chillies and omega 3 fatty acids from oily fish, flaxseed oil and hemp oil.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough iron in your diet.
  • Have less trans fats (from hydrogenated vegetable oils, such as margarine) and saturated fats from animal products
  • Stop smoking as it is linked to hardening of the arteries, increased cholesterol levels, causes other blood vessels to constrict and reduces nutrient absorption.
  • Manage your weight and blood pressure
  • Wear compression or diabetic socks and keep feet and hands warm.
  • Raise swollen legs and feet above the heart to improve fluid flow.
  • Take a warm epsom salt bath or soak feet in warm water to increase the blood flow.
  • Keep moving to improve circulation, get a standing desk, if you spend time at a desk every day, move around the plane if flying for more than a couple of hours, take regular breaks and get out of the car if going on a long road trip.
  • Herbs, such as; ginkgo biloba, hawthorn, sage, elderberry, St John’s Wort and bilberry. Don’t self prescribe herbs though as they may interact with medications and cause serious problems if not used correctly.

  • Dry skin brushing

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