Blood circulation affects every part of your body, ensures that oxygen and nutrients reach every cell in your body, and removes metabolic waste. People suffering from poor circulation may experience spider veins, varicose veins, swelling or even heart disease. If you have any of these symptoms, the Northern Illinois Vein Clinic encourages you to request a free vein screening so you can start improving the quality of your life. Check out these easy tips to boost your circulation.
Tips to Boost Your Circulation
If you want to maintain or boost your circulation, there are a few basic changes you can make to help get your health back on track. These include:
- Maintain healthy blood pressure
High blood pressure puts excess stress on your blood vessels. This pressure eventually stretches the arteries, which can lead to tissue scarring and reduced elasticity. Once this happens, your arteries become narrow, stiff and inflamed, which makes your heart work harder to push blood through your body. High blood pressure can lead to heart damage, arteriosclerosis and congestive heart disease.
- Maintain healthy cholesterol
When the “bad” LDL cholesterol in your body is too high, it can cause fatty deposits to stick to your arteries. This decreases your circulation and increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
You can begin improving your circulation today by walking, jogging, swimming or cycling. The key is to get your blood pumping a few times a week to strengthen your heart and improve overall circulation.
Did you know that blood is largely water? Dehydration can be a serious medical problem and lead to poor circulation. Drink two or more liters per day to boost your circulation and improve your health.
- Eat foods that promote good circulation
Foods high in vitamins C and E, omega 3 fatty acids, and flavonoids have been linked to improving blood circulation. Try oranges, dark chocolate, cayenne pepper, sunflower seeds, ginger root, garlic, watermelon, avocados and salmon to help stimulate blood flow.
Like most diseases, it is important to diagnose and treat poor circulation early to get the best possible treatment. Contact Northern Illinois Vein Clinic today at 855-591-1357 and schedule your vein mapping appointment to get prompt, accurate diagnosis and treatment.