Summer is full of good things, like ice cream, lazy days, and warm sunshine. Well, we’ve got one more thing to add to that list: good blood flow is a good thing, too! Your blood, after all, is what carries nutrients to all parts of your body, and since your feet are farthest from your heart, they’re your blood’s furthest destination! That means when your circulation is compromised, so is the health of your feet! This is especially true if you have diabetes. So, keep problems at bay with these tips to boost your blood flow:
Get moving! Lazy days are great, but exercise is essential to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing. Make sure you incorporate some type of exercise into even your lazy days!
Watch what you eat. While it’s okay to indulge in ice cream from time to time, a healthy diet with plenty of leafy greens, fruits high in vitamin C, nuts, and foods low in salt but big on spice can help to increase circulation. Bonus: Dark chocolate improves blood flow, too (like we need an excuse)!
Watch what you drink. Stay hydrated with plenty of water -- green tea is a great option as well – but avoid caffeinated drinks and limit alcohol.
Sit up straight! Poor posture, standing too long, or sitting for extended periods of time with your legs crossed can all interfere with your blood flow.
Manage stress. Over time, high levels of stress can negatively impact circulation. Avoid stressful situations and triggers as much as possible. A relaxing bath can reduce stress and the warm water will encourage blood flow at the same time! Massage is another stress reliever, circulation booster!
Quit smoking. It damages your heart and causes a buildup of plaque in your arteries, both of which lead to poor circulation.
Kick back and put your feet up! Elevating your legs when you’re at rest will give your blood flow a boost while giving you a well-deserved break.
Follow these tips to ensure your blood gets all the way to your toes so you can keep your feet healthy and safe from harm, especially if you have neuropathy or other conditions that impact circulation. Find out more or make an appointment if you need help by dialing (309) 661-9975 to reach our Bloomington, IL office. Remember, good blood flow is definitely a good thing – right up there with backyard picnics and warm summer breezes!