“Health is not valued till sickness comes- Thomas Fuller.”
How authentic this quote stands in today’s time, where people are running from pillar to post to meet their ends without realizing the importance of a good and healthy body. But a healthy body doesn’t come into existence without reasonable efforts.
Proper blood circulation is the first sign and key to ensuring exceptional health. It makes sure that oxygen and blood are continuously flowing throughout the body and that all the organs are functioning smoothly. It helps recover from wounds and sickness, quickly, makes your brain sharp, and adds a natural glow to your complexion.
Before we start with the cycle of improving circulation in legs and feet, we first need to understand the poor blood circulation caused in the body. It usually happens when there is no proper flow of blood and oxygen throughout your body and some blockage in the legs’ blood arteries, resulting in cholesterol and fat building up in the arteries. That usually stops the blood from reaching out to different body parts and could become the fatal cause of diseases as you grow older.
A person with poor blood circulation might be diagnosed with these symptoms:
- Hair Loss
- Thinning Hair
- Erectile Dysfunction in Men
- The Slow Process of Healing
- Weakened Immune System
- Low Energy
- Lack in Concentration
- Numbness In Hands and Feet
- Muscle Cramps
- Coldness In Hands and Feet
- Obesity Disease
What Can You Do to Enhance Blood Circulation
1. Work on Your Weight Through Exercise
Our bodies differ in shape and size, and though every body type is beautiful in health, who doesn’t want their BMI report to be normal? You can opt for exercise and dieting options if you are concerned about excess kilos, and if your BMI is below normal, there are always diet plans available for gaining some mass.
2. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is one of the causes that people die even in advanced countries like the USA. Research has shown that more than 75% of their population goes through dehydration issues—the rest alone in the USA. People don’t intake adequate water and look for alternatives to soothe their thirst.
The human adult body is 60% water, yet people hesitate to drink at least 3 liters of water every day. You can improve your blood circulation if you stay well-hydrated. Water helps stabilize your heartbeat, flushes bacteria, aids digestion, regulates body temperature, and prevents constipation.
3. Stress Management
Stress is no wonder it works as a silent killer. It is one of the causes that youngsters are dying because of cardiac arrest and suicide. Under fight or flight circumstances, it damages the circulatory flow adding more to moments of critical stress.
There are many ways that you can manage stress, starting from exercising, going for a professional massage, enhancing your intake of vegetables and fruits, opting for eight hours of sleep, socializing with family and friends, pursuing hobbies of interest, keeping track of activities triggering stress and laying down the action plan of getting rid of them, to planning your day for weeks or months in advance.
4. Relax Muscles With the Magic of Yoga
Yoga is a building block of breathing exercises that relax your mind, body, and soul. It can jump-start the flow of oxygen and blood in your body, ensuring flexibility in your bones. The upside-down positions help in circulation from top to bottom. It regulates blood supply to the brain and keeps you in a cheerful mood.
The yoga asanas for blood circulation like Vajrasana (thunderbolt pose), Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), and Shirshasana (headstand pose) can help in improving the blood circulation in the head while strengthening the arms, legs, and lungs function simultaneously.
5. Elevate Legs And Stand Up At Your Desk Job
Working while sitting in the same position throughout the day could cause severe issues to your legs and spinal cord. So instead of risking your well-being, bring some action into your life. You can take a break every two hours and take a quick walk around your workspace. It will help you in feeling refreshed and energized.
6. Introduce Iron Rich Supplements/ Diet
It’s essential to figure out the cause of poor blood circulation in your body. If you are anemic, you must eat iron-rich food/nutrients to add more to the red blood cells that primarily ensure good blood circulation in the legs and body. For that, you need to consult your doctor, and as per your blood type, you can eat spinach, legumes, and red meat and get your feet back to a healthy living body.
7. Brush Your Body Regularly
It is good that you brush and clean your plants at regular intervals, but you have got to be serious about the brushing process when it comes to your body as well. Brush your body with a dry brush starting from your feet while making circulation motions on your legs and hands making their way to your heart. It will help get rid of the dry skin while regulating blood flow in different organs immediately. A regular brush shower bath is a way of saying yes to a healthy lifestyle.
8. Say No To Alcohol
There is no denying that people like to party every weekend and some like to drink every day, but alcohol consumption is not going to ensure a healthy body. Moderate consumption is acceptable if you aren’t engrossed with any deadly disease, but you have to define the ‘moderate’ meaning as no more than two drinks.
If you are regularly drinking, it will affect your arteries, resulting in a heart attack, stroke, or cardiac arrest.
9. Drink Green And Black Tea
Researchers think that black tea helps in improving the blood vessels’ health, and green tea ensures lower blood artery issues. Hence, it would be best to introduce both teas to your regular tea consumption diet. It could happen that the taste won’t develop immediately, but give it some time, and you wouldn’t want to taste any other tea except black and green.
10. Stretching And Wearing Compression Socks
Stretching works wonders in improving the blood flow to your organs. Wearing compression socks can also help in managing the good flow of circulation. This happens because compression socks trigger the point at the ankles and gradually decrease the compression as socks extend up in massaging the legs. These are suggested when planning long car drives, climbing, or hiking in the mountains.
11. Eating Ingredients/ Food That Increases The Blood Flow
If your body permits, eat and add ingredients like cayenne pepper, pomegranate, onions, cinnamon, garlic, beets, turmeric, leafy greens, citrus fruits, walnuts, tomatoes, berries, and ginger to your diet. You will see a drastic change in your body.
You should see a doctor first if you keep coming across low or poor circulation of blood and oxygen in your body. A doctor can help you figure out the causes while suggesting the best remedies for a healthy life.
Also, please take your health seriously and don’t wait for any severe disease to knock on your door before you become completely aware of its consequences on the body. For instance: if you regularly feel body pain or muscle cramps, it is recommendable to visit a professional before things run out of your hands and you find yourself in an inevitable situation of fighting the disease longer than you expected in the body.
We would love to hear from you about how you have improved blood circulation in your body in the comments section.