12/11/18How to improve your circulation

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Circulatory problems can often become more acute in the winter months indicating an underlying or undiagnosed health concern such as varicose veins, thrombosis and plaque build-up in the arteries. This can be caused by high or low blood pressure, chilblains or even diabetes.

We have a few tips to help improve circulation if you or a loved one struggles over the winter:

• Drink less caffeine based drinks such as tea, coffee and energy-based drinks including Coca-Cola. Caffeine can constrict blood vessels and decreases peripheral circulation leading to a rise in blood pressure.
• Add freshly chopped garlic to your diet. Garlic is known to boost your immune system as well as adding healthy benefits to your heart. Studies have shown that garlic can improve blood cholesterol levels whilst decreasing blood platelet clumping.
• Herbal teas can support healthy circulation. Ginger root, hawthorn berries, rosemary leaves are rich in flavonoids and can strengthen the walls of blood vessels. When used long-term they may help reduce hypertension.
• Move more. Regular movement instead of sitting for long periods time can help increase blood flow and lower the risk of thrombosis, or clot formations in your veins. If you or someone you know struggles to walk, take a moment to raise both legs off the floor, flexing and pointing your toes to increase the blood flow.
• Uncrossing your legs! Frequently leg crossing can hinder circulation and contribute to broken veins.

Did you have any tips you can share from your own experiences? We would love to hear from you…

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