As blood flows around your body, it has an important job to do. It delivers life-giving oxygen and critical nutrients to every one of your cells and organs.
Distance from your heart, and gravity, mean your circulatory system has to work extra hard to pump blood to and from your extremities. This can cause those classic sluggish circulation symptoms, cold hands and feet.
But the truth is poor circulation can lead to far more that frosty fingers and toes. Bad blood flow can be behind…
- physical exhaustion
- mental decline
- erectile dysfunction
- decreased libido
- a weakened immune system
Over time, a serious case of poor circulation can eventually even lead to nerve damage, tissue damage, blood clots and stroke.
Design your diet to boost circulation
In other words, keeping your blood flowing freely is critical to your continued good health. And folks who aren’t experiencing any major blood flow issues can help keep it that way by choosing the right foods to boost circulation.
Adding more of these five circulation friendly foods to your diet could lead to better blood flow.
1. Beet juice:
Beets will go from ordinary to extraordinary in your book once you learn how they can help boost circulation. It turns out these unassuming root veggies are packed with circulation friendly nitrates.
Nitrates naturally help improve blood flow. And while many of the studies on beet juice have been on high-performance athletes, nitrates have real-world applications for the rest of us. Two glasses of beet juice a day improve an athlete’s performance according to researchers. But studies also show those same glasses of beet juice can help people walk easier after years of pain caused by poor circulation.
If you have a juicer you can make your own beet juice at home. Since the raw unsweetened juice can taste a bit bitter, try mixing it with another healthy juice such as carrot.
There are also organic beet juices available in most grocery stores these days, as well as online. One brand we like s Biotta. And there are beet juice supplements available as well.
Chickpeas are rich in L-arginine, an amino acid that helps your body produce blood-flow supporting nitric oxide. Nitric oxide, or NO, is what doctors call a vasodilator. That means it relaxes blood vessels to boost circulation.
But that’s not all NO does. It also helps prevent inflammation and clotting, both of which can contribute to poor blood flow.
Your body doesn’t produce its own supply of L-arginine. Which means you have to get it from the foods you eat. And a single cup of cooked chickpeas is an excellent source of this important amino acid. Add them to salads, make some homemade hummus, or try our recipe for roasting them.
3. Hot peppers:
You know how eating spicy foods can make you feel a bit warm all over? Well it turns out that feeling isn’t just in your imagination. Cayenne peppers and chili peppers really do boost circulation making you feel warmer.
In fact, cayenne peppers can even help strengthen your blood vessels. The peppers help shore them up, keeping them strong but flexible for improved circulation. And a study out of China linked regularly eating chili peppers to a lower risk of heart attack.
4. Red wine:
If you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, we have some good news. According to the American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, a glass of red wine improves circulation.
Just like beets, grape skins contain a healthy punch of blood-flow boosting nitrates. Plus red wine is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants.
Turmeric’s list of health benefits just keeps growing, and now you can add better blood flow to it. It turns out the gorgeous golden yellow spice can help boost circulation by preventing clogged arteries.
To get the most from your turmeric make sure to pair it with black pepper. The bioperin in pepper works with your system to help your body absorb the turmeric.
Don’t let diminished blood flow catch up with you. Add more of these five foods to your diet to boost circulation starting today.
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