Poor circulation? Read this

Poor circulation is an inconvenience a lot of us face in our daily lives. Whether it be in your hands, feet, legs or elsewhere, dealing with shitty circulation ain’t fun, nor is it the easiest thing to combat, or even alleviate.

Personally, I’ve hit the genetic lottery when it comes to inheriting traits from my mom’s side of the family. When I say I’ve hit the lottery, I mean this in the absolute most sarcastic way possible, and the reason I say this is because I’ve quite literally inherited just about every disadvantageous genetic trait from my mom’s family, shit circulation being one such trait. Just about every day in the colder months, my fingertips and toes go numb, turn a lovely shade of purple, and are absolutely useless in terms of function.

If you don’t believe me, feel free to ask Blaine how cold my hands and feet are.

I wanted to do a Google search and see what sorts of tips can be offered for boosting poor circulation, and the following information comes from henryford.com.

  • Increase cardiovascular exerciseRunning, biking or walking can help boost circulation—and the same goes for stretching before and after exercising.
  • If you smoke, quit. Smoking can inhibit blood flow, destroy blood vessel walls, and cause plaque to accumulate in the veins.
  • Drink black or green tea
  • If you are anemic, take iron supplements or eat iron-rich food. When you are low in iron (or anemic), you don’t have enough red blood cells to circulate oxygen throughout your body. Talk to your doctor to see if an iron supplement is right for you, or incorporate iron-rich spinach, legumes, and red meat (in moderation) into your diet.
  • Dry brush your body. Before a shower or bath, try this technique to stimulate blood flow: Using a soft-bristle brush, gently brush your skin in long, upward strokes.
  • Decrease stress
  • Include more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. 
  • Wear compression socks and elevate your legs. Elevating your legs will help move blood to the upper body, and compression socks put pressure on your feet to help blood vessels push blood through the body up to your heart,” the web page explains.

I’ll be sure to report back if I give any of these options a try, although I do use an iron supplement.

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