Circulatory difficulties can be treated with medication. However, we usually recommend a more natural approach if at all possible. Many medications can be effective but there can be numerous side effects and this method doesn't usually handle the underlying cause in most cases.
The approach we like to suggest is a more natural one. There are usually many lifestyle changes that one can implement which will have a greater positive effect long term.
This can involve dietary changes as well as getting more exercise to help improve the blood flow around the body.
There are also a number of brilliant herbs which have been shown to have a great effect at improving circulation.
The four main herbs which have been proven to have a positive effect include cayenne, garlic, ginkgo biloba and ginger.
Some of the simple dietary changes that you can make include adding more fibre to your diet. Try eating more fruit and vegetables each day. Another thing you can do is to drink more fresh water at least 5 or 6 glasses.
Try to reduce any coffee or tea intake. You don't have to stop drinking them completely, but certainly you should cut down if your intake is more than two cups a day.
Alcohol can also have a detrimental effect on your blood circulation. Once again, in moderation alcohol is fine. However, it is something you should consider cutting down on if it does affect you and you know you are drinking too much.
Other Possible Natural Remedies
Apart from the key herbal remedies mentioned above, there are other possibilities and holistic treatments. These include hydrotherapy, reflexology, yoga and stretching, acupuncture and massage.
More Tips that may be of Benefit
Try going for some gentle exercise each day. This can be a walk, house work,swimming or anything that is not too strenuous to start with. Within a few weeks the improvements can be quite dramatic.
Don't go overboard with exercise, especially if your circulation is poor. But once you are up to it, do something that is a bit of a challenge that will get your blood pumping and out of breath.
- Start eating a healthy, well balanced diet. Keep your cholesterol under control by cutting out unnecessary fats.
- Consider taking some omega 3 fish oils. This can be as a supplement or you can add more oily fish to your diet.
If you smoke - then quit! If you are serious about improving your health then you can't smoke. It is as simple as that!
Use a hot water bottle when you get cold, especially for your feet. We suggest you also use a hot water bottle cover so that you don't hurt your skin if it is too hot. It also stays warmer for longer this way too.
Use hot and cold treatment. This involves putting the affected body part in the warmth and then alternating it with something colder. This could be a bowl of warm water and a different bowl of colder water.
Or you can use a warm water bottle and a packet of frozen peas etc. Just alternate between the two for 30 seconds or so at a time for each. Just remember: Not too hot - Not too cold. Be sensible.
- Wear extra socks to keep warmer. BUT make sure they are not too tight. You don't want to restrict the blood flow even more. It can be rather surprising just how much warmer your toes can feel with an extra pair of socks on.
You can also try some relaxation techniques such as a little meditation or listening to music. This can be very soothing and can really lift your spirits and reduce stress levels.
- Try to not stay too long in one position such as sitting at an office desk etc. Take a break at least every hour or so. Even for just a minute and go and stretch your legs a little.
- Try the herb combination of Garlic, Cayenne, Ginkgo Biloba and Ginger. This great product has been sold worldwide for over 12 years.
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