Get That Blood Pumping: Tips to Improve Circulation

Good blood flow not only helps your heart stay healthy, it also enables injuries to get the healing nutrients they need – this is especially essential if you have diabetes so that blood can bring these healing nutrients all the way down to your feet!

However, anyone who wants to stay active and healthy can benefit from improved circulation.

Luckily there are plenty of ways to get your blood pumping, like running in Houston’s Chasing Cupcakes virtual race! This fun event celebrates National Cupcake Day, December 15, but you can complete your race any time in December. Just report your finishing time to get your cute cupcake medal, and the best part is, all proceeds go to Parkinson’s Disease research!

Of course, if running is not for you, any exercise that gets your blood pumping will do. Try walking, swimming, biking, jump-roping or even bouncing on a trampoline – whatever you like! Other blood flow boosters include:

  • Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes
  • Switching from caffeinated coffee to green tea
  • Not crossing your legs when you sit
  • Making sure shoes fit
  • Massaging your calves and feet
  • Choosing foods that are spicy, iron-rich, low in saturated fats, and contain garlic or ginger
  • Reducing stress
  • Eating nuts, seeds, and plenty of greens
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Relaxing in a warm bath

Try one of these tips to improve circulation, or combine several together – like eating nuts while taking a bath after running a race wearing shoes that fit! Whatever you do, just remember -- good blood flow is a good thing! So, get out there and get that blood pumping.

If you need any help, just give our Houston, TX office a call by dialing (713) 467-8886

Oh, and have a happy National Cupcake Day!