Circulation, often a difficult one.
The older I am the more problem I have with circulation.
Travelling is a given; it plays havoc with everything and the puffing and the swelling are the by-products of the adventure and excitement. It is that way and I accept it.
I do believe we can help our circulation by exercising well and eating correctly. It is not a hardship to add these delicious foods into our daily lives, it is more about forming a good friendship with them and making them a habit.
So far, ginger and I are firm friends; beetroot and I, mere acquaintances. I want us to get on better but we struggle together. I am working on it.
Watermelon? Yes, a big tick for watermelon and I need to try Ginko Biloba tea.
And oily fish, garlic and cayenne pepper? Truthfully, I could do much better.
What are your aids to improve circulation? Do you have any tried and tested favourites? xv
5 Delicious Ways To Improve Circulation
Ginger can help to relax and smooth muscle cells which ultimately widen and dilate blood vessels. As a result, consumption of ginger can help to stimulate circulation as well as improve blood flow.
** hot water with a grating of ginger and a squeeze of fresh lemon to start the day.
Beetroot has shown to decrease blood pressure and increase blood flow.
Beetroot is a rich source of nitrates, which convert to nitric oxide within the body. This nitric oxide is responsible for relaxing and widening blood vessels.
** try fresh beetroot, a tiny crumble of goat cheese and a sprinkling of mint
The antioxidant called lycopene is responsible for watermelons dark red colour as well as its ability to increase blood flow. As lycopene is a fat-soluble antioxidant, it is best absorbed when combined with fat.
**Add watermelon to the morning smoothie with healthy fats such avocado, seeds or yoghurt.
Gingko Biloba Tea
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest tree species today and has been used medicinally for thousands of years as an all-round circulation booster. This herb has been shown to improve memory by increasing blood flow to the brain as well as aiding the treatment of varicose veins.
This herb is extremely effective at increasing blood flow; therefore, it should not be combined with blood thinners. If you suffer from blood clotting disorders, are about to take surgery or undergo any dental procedures it’s best to limit the intake of Gingko Biloba.
Oily Fish, garlic and cayenne pepper
These super foods work in a similar way to inhibit platelet cells from clumping together, which can ultimately improve blood flow as well as lower blood pressure. Cayenne is especially effective at improving circulation to the peripheral areas of the body.
** Add a pinch of cayenne pepper meals.
5 delicious ways to improve circulation, lily soutter
Lily Soutter is a Nutritionist & Nutritional Therapist
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