Easy Ways to Improve Your Blood Circulation

Blood brings life-supporting nutrients and oxygen to your cells, allowing your body to perform all of its biological functions. Blood also assists in ridding your body of waste, keeping your system clean and working at optimal capacity. As with most aspects of our existence, it is easy to take your circulatory system for granted―until acute or chronic circulation issues and vein problems arise.


Decreased flow in your blood vessels can occur due to disease, lifestyle, age, and weight. While some of these circumstances are in your control, others are not. Luckily, there are easy ways to improve your blood circulation.

Diversify Your Diet to Avoid Chronic Circulation Issues

The food you eat everyday supplies your body with the fuel it needs to breathe, move and think. This fuel can be high-grade or low-grade, so it is important to learn how to provide the best nourishment to your cells without sacrificing taste, texture, and satisfaction.


To boost your circulatory system and strengthen your blood vessels, consider these quick and fun ways to diversify your diet:

  • Add a side of fruit: Tart, sweet or tangy, berries and citrus fruits are loaded with anti-inflammatory antioxidants that help reduce blood pressure and boost circulatory function.
  • Spice it up: Whether it is a dash of hot cayenne, warm cinnamon or savory turmeric, bring on the flavor and benefit from increased blood flow and stronger vessels.
  • Flavorful foundations: Onion and garlic are full of tasty dimensions. They also have the bonus of boosting circulation to your soft tissue and combating inflammation.
  • Vibrant salads: Toss together shades of green, red and orange for a colorful salad of kale, beets, tomatoes, and bell pepper that deliver anti-inflammatory bioflavonoids.
  • Go nuts: Walnuts are full of healthy components that promote the production of nitric oxide, which aids in many circulatory functions. Nuts are also particularly helpful for diabetes.


By replacing less nutritious foods with some of the above suggestions, you can effortlessly revitalize your diet without radically changing every aspect of it.

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Walk, Stretch and Breathe Easy

Increasing the amount of physical exercise and activities you partake in has a wide-reaching effect on your circulatory health. It is known that maintaining a healthy weight, moving your muscles and tissues aerobically, and reducing stress are all ways in which you can promote a robust vascular system.


By adding a simple walk around the neighborhood, learning some uncomplicated yoga stretches, and improving your breathing during activities, you are accomplishing many goals at once. Finish it all off with a moment of meditative silence, and your heart will thank you.

Get Moving to Avoid Numbness in Feet

We live in a sedentary world where sitting at desks and computers is far too common. With the added complication of poor circulation, you may experience numbness in feet or other extremities due to this poor body positioning.

You may not be able to avoid long hours at a desk or in your car, but some quick tips can be added to anyone’s day to improve your circulation and limit numbness in feet:

  • Put your feet up on a stool or chair
  • Wear compression socks on a regular basis
  • Sit with your legs wider apart and uncrossed
  • Stand up at your desk if possible
  • Take a walk around the office or workspace

It can be easy to get lost in our work and forget about self-care, so set a timer or reminder that helps you stand and move.

Contact the Vein Experts at Gilvydis Vein Clinic

Though these recommendations are beneficial, various conditions require medical expertise to help you along the way. The experts at Gilvydis Vein Clinic understand this and are dedicated to helping you improve your circulatory health.


Offering cutting-edge techniques such as ultrasound vein mappingsclerotherapy, and endovenous laser ablation, we work as a team to get you back on your feet. Contact us today and start a new journey towards a better tomorrow.


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Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Gilvydis

Dr. Rimas Gilvydis, M.D, is the co-founder of Northern Illinois Vein Clinic (NIVC) in Rockford, Illinois, and the founder of Gilvydis Vein Clinic (GVC) in Naperville, Sycamore, and Geneva, Illinois. A board-certified interventionalist and diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Gilvydis has been treating varicose veins with minimally invasive techniques since they were first introduced.

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