It’s probably safe to say that most of us don’t consider our blood when we sit down to eat, or at least, maybe not directly. Sure, we might consider our heart health, our digestion, and even our weight, but blood? Ehh..not so much. Ironically though, our blood flow can affect all aspects of our health, in ways you might not expect it to. For instance, healthy, steady blood flow is needed for digestion, healthy circulation that leads to good heart health, energy, and even helping remove wastes that can become stagnant and contribute to weight gain and acidic pH levels in the body. Circulation of blood is also important for maintaining a healthy body temperature.
How to Improve Blood Flow Naturally
Blood flow is improved through all forms of movement, along with certain foods and drinks in our diet. Dry brushing and showering can also stimulate blood flow, but when it comes to the biggest impact, food and movement are where it’s at. Still, you could exercise all day and suffer poor blood flow if your meals aren’t based off clean, whole foods that provide vital nutrients for a healthy body.
A diet rich in antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, whole forms of fiber, and vitamins and minerals contribute to healthy blood flow and the removal of wastes. A diet low in these essential nutrients can lead to inflammation, toxic build-up, and poor elimination of wastes consistently.
The good news is, eating a healthy, more alkaline diet and getting daily movement can help improve your blood flow quickly.
Embrace gentle forms of exercise if you’re not into intense exercises, and put the following foods on the menu this week:
Blackberries : are known to promote new blood cell formation and purify the blood. They are high in nutrients, including phenolic compounds with an antioxidant capacity significantly higher than vitamins C or E. Add them to breakfast cereals or mix them in yogurts for a tasty snack.
Cayenne pepper : is a great way to increase blood circulation and metabolic rate. It will also help strengthen arteries and blood vessels, and can prevent toe numbness and poor circulation in feet. Cayenne pepper helps tackle inflammation, and because spicy foods are rich in vitamins A and C, it is most effective in getting the blood flowing. They can also be used in juices or salads.
Fish : such as salmon and herring can benefit the heart as they contain omega 3 fats, a nutrient that is very good for improving blood circulation.
Ginger : simulates the blood flow to all organs; it also boosts a sluggish immune system and clears congestion. It can be found in a tincture form, in herbal tea and can be simply added to food when cooking.
Garlic : is a natural blood thinner. It is fantastic for increasing blood circulation in feet/hands, and will also clear up clogged arteries if eaten raw daily, in moderation.
Gingko Biloba : is a fresh herb tincture, made from the leaves of the amazing Ginkgo tree, also known as Memory Tree. Ginkgo is thought to stabilise the blood vessels allowing the blood to flow more smoothly. It improves poor circulation in hands and feet, and increases blood flow to the brain.
Oranges : contain high levels of vitamin C and bioflavonoids in oranges help the flow of blood through the body by strengthening the capillary walls.
Pumpkin seeds are a food source of vitamin E, which is proven to keep blood flowing freely and preventing blood clots.
Nuts : contain niacin, or vitamin B3 which essentially gives our blood a boost and therefore can prevent circulation problems.
Watermelons : are rich in lycopene which can help prevent a build up of plaque (the substance that can interfere with blood flow in the arteries). Lycopene can aid healthy blood circulation.
I love the fact that these single ingredient super-foods can help fight disease and are brimming with delicious nutritional value.