Foods that Improve Circulation in the Legs
According to the Spanish Chapter of Phlebology, nearly 30% of adults today suffer from chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that’s usually worsened with the onset of summertime. Tired, heavy legs and dilated veins can cause blood and fluid to be retained in the calves and ankles, everyday realities for many women and also the source of considerable pain.
This problem at its core is poor circulation in the legs, a condition that often has a hereditary component and, in turn, is influenced by a sedentary lifestyle or poor diet. When the veins in the legs lose elasticity, their valves don’t close properly, causing blood to accumulate in them and the development of painful engorgement or varicose veins.
Can you improve the circulation in your legs to help alleviate these situations? Of course, you can. If you start getting a little daily exercise and add some of the following foods to your diet you’ll live and feel better. Try them!
1. Foods that are rich in vitamin C
One common mistake people make is not getting enough vitamin C, or worse, just buying processed juices at the grocery store and thinking that they cover all the basic nutrients they need. The most appropriate juices you can buy are made from natural fruits, and organic if possible to ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals that the fruit contains to promote better circulation in your legs.
Oranges, lemons, and papayas are very rich in vitamin C, and this vitamin can help improve your circulation by:
- Strengthening the veins and capillaries
- Preventing the accumulation of fat in the bloodstream
- Promoting good circulation and reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Detoxing the body, preventing fluid retention
- Strengthening the immune system
This amazing root has a long tradition of use in natural medicine. Maybe you’re already trying some daily therapeutic or pharmacological treatments to promote better circulation in your legs, but if you add regular consumption of ginger to your diet you’re going to notice many more improvements.
What we mean is that you’re not going to be able to replace all treatments with ginger, but it makes a good “complement.” Here’s why:
- It’s a natural analgesic, reducing pain and inflammation
- Ginger is a great option for stimulating circulation
- Always consume fresh ginger to take full advantage of its medicinal properties. As a result, you’ll absorb more nutrients and provide more oxygen to your body, which promotes the health and elasticity of your veins and arteries.
3. Pumpkin seeds
Never throw out those pumpkin seeds or pits. Sometimes you might not be aware of the incredible benefits of such a small item for your health, something that happens often in the case of watermelon seeds, as we recently discussed.
But pumpkin seeds are a natural source of vitamin E, which is vital for promoting healthy tissue production and providing elasticity for your veins and arteries. Aside from that, pumpkin seeds promote better circulation, which helps prevent blood clots. So don’t hesitate to prepare them any way you like!
4. Try a clove of garlic with water on an empty stomach
This is incredibly medicinal! If you don’t already do this on a daily basis, start tomorrow. Before you have breakfast, eat a clove of garlic with a glass of water to cleanse your bloodstream and help prevent the buildup of plaque in your veins. This way, you improve circulation in your legs and favor your overall cardiovascular health. Garlic is also one of the best natural antibiotics you can find!
Watermelon is refreshing, diuretic, and high in lycopene, an antioxidant that is also found in tomatoes and helps “push” the blood to flow to your extremities – i.e., your legs. Thanks to its ability to prevent inflammation and the retention of fluids, eating watermelon on a regular basis will help prevent blood clots and the appearance of varicose veins – it can even make them less noticeable.
Turmeric is such a common spice in oriental medicine, and little by little it’s gaining ground in Western society as well. It’s a great addition to stews for its pleasing color, and can even become an excellent substitute for salt thanks to its unique flavor. Regardless of your motive, there are plenty of studies that have shown that turmeric is excellent for your health, thanks to all of the following:
- It’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and a potent antioxidant
- Turmeric will help improve blood flow
- It’s well suited for pain reduction and alleviating the heaviness and pressure you feel in your legs due to poor circulation
Always remember that in order to improve the circulation in your legs you have to eliminate salt from your diet, drink plenty of fluids, and get a little exercise every day. These small but important changes in your daily habits will help you enjoy a better quality of life. Shouldn’t you start today?