Posted by: Roberto | 12 January, 2009

Improve your peripherical circulation

Simon – one of my regular clients for massage – has a problem with his peripherical circulation: his feet are always cold, no matter if it is summer or winter. So, I decided to make a research in order to give him some advice on how to reduce the symptoms and I thought to share the results with you.

FOOD

Many herbal remedies such as ginkgo biloba can help improve blood circulation but so too can much of the food we eat. Five of the most effective circulation boosting foods are as follows:

1) Pumpkin seeds: they are a good source of vitamin E which research has shown can help reduce the stickiness of blood and therefore lower the likelihood of blood clots forming.

2) Oranges: the high levels of vitamin C and bioflavonoids in oranges help the flow of blood through your body by strengthening the capillary walls.

3) Nuts: they contain niacin, or vitamin B3 as it is sometimes referred to, which essentially gives your blood a boost and therefore can prevent circulation problems.

4) Watermelon and tomatoes: they are rich in lycopene which can help prevent a buildup of plaque (a substance that can interfere with blood flow) in the arteries and therefore ensure healthy blood circulation.

5) Garlic: blood circulation is another of the many strings to garlic’s bow. It can help prevent the accumulation of plaque and in some cases actively reduce it.

6) Bilberry:  it has been used for centuries, both medicinally and as a food in jams and pies. It is related to the blueberry and is native to Northern Europe. Bilberry fruit contains some chemicals that have excellent antioxidant properties. They scavenge damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, helping to prevent or reverse damage to cells. Antioxidants have been shown to help prevent a number of long-term illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and an eye disorder called macular degeneration.

EXERCISE

Regular exercise can help to reduce the symptoms of reduced peripherical circulation.

SMOKING

Stop smoking, if you smoke.

LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

If it is too high.

REGULAR MASSAGE

Can help increase the blood flow going into the muscles.

Roberto Bocchetti is an experienced and qualified Personal Trainer and Massage Terapist in London, UK. To contact Roberto, please call +44 7508 250 126.

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