5 Simple Ways to Improve Blood Flow

When there is a major crash or a broken down car on Mopac, it creates a headache for drivers here in Austin, TX. It is frustrating to feel as though you are sitting in a parking lot while on a major highway. You just want to get to your destination and then back home again. Something similar can happen in your bloodstream, and it is important to improve circulation if you want to avoid serious problems and maintain good health.

Your heart pumps oxygenated blood out, which travels in arteries to all areas of the body. The deoxygenated blood then returns back through veins to begin the cycle again. When there is a blockage or the “traffic” is slowed down due to narrowed arteries, it can cause health issues with your heart, lungs, and limbs. It is important to take measures to improve circulation when problems arise.

Some of the best home remedies and lifestyle changes to accomplish this include:

  1. Diet The most common circulatory issue, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), can be caused by fatty deposits on the walls of blood vessels. This can be prevented by eating a healthy, low-fat diet that consists of minimally-processed foods.

  2. Low-impact exercise Exercise is extremely helpful in improving circulation. Physical activity also helps teach muscles how to use oxygen more efficiently.

  3. Supplements Omega 3 fish oils, ginkgo biloba, garlic, ginger, and cayenne all play a role in promoting a healthy blood flow in the body.

  4. Reduce caffeine intake – Caffeine can offer some physical benefits—including potential protection against neurodegenerative disorders—but it causes blood vessels to constrict, which contributes to poor circulation.

  5. Give up smoking – We understand that smoking is not an easy habit to give up, but the benefits certainly make it worthwhile. One important benefit is that it will improve your cardiovascular health, which reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.

These techniques can help to promote healthy blood flow, but it is important to note that sometimes professional treatment is necessary for handling certain conditions that cause the problem. If you experience symptoms of poor blood flow in your feet or ankles—including wounds that don’t heal easily, a weak pulse, and tingling, pain, or numbness—be sure to come in for an accurate diagnosis from our foot doctors here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists.

Call our Austin, TX office at (512) 328-8900 or simply fill out our online form and schedule your appointment today.

Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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