The temperature has dropped, and there’s a chill in the air. If you’re starting to bundle up in layer upon layer to go outside, but still can’t seem to keep your fingers and toes warm you it may be time to boost your circulation. To keep warm this winter try adding some of the below foods into your diet daily to help boost circulation.
My favourite spice and number one food to increase circulation is ginger! Ginger stimulates the blood flow to all organs; it also boosts a sluggish immune system and clears congestion. There are so many ways to enjoy ginger – grate it into your porridge, smoothie, stir-fry, slice up fresh ginger root up and add it to a cup of herbal tea 2-3 times a day.
Cayenne Pepper is a great way to increase blood circulation and metabolic rate. It will also help strengthen arteries and blood vessels, preventing toe numbness and poor circulation in feet. Cayenne pepper helps tackle inflammation, and because spicy foods are rich in vitamin A and C, it is most effective in getting the blood flowing.
Garlic is a natural blood thinner. It is fantastic for increasing blood circulation in feet and hands and will also clear up clogged arteries if eaten raw daily, in moderation. The only palatable way I like to enjoy raw garlic is tossed through my go-to tahini dressing.
Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons contain high levels of vitamin C and bioflavonoids which help the flow of blood through the body by strengthening the capillary walls.
Dark chocolate or cacao powder
The flavonoid content in cacao helps to improve blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, promotes the dilation, strength and health of blood vessels, supporting overall cardiovascular health.
Made from the leaves of the Ginkgo tree, also known as Memory Tree. Ginkgo is thought to stabilise the blood vessels allowing the blood to flow more smoothly. It improves poor circulation in hands and feet and increases blood flow to the brain. You can buy ginko herbal tea to sip on throughout the day from most health food stores.
Also ensure that you’re consuming mostly warmed and cooked foods during these cooler month. Our bodies prefer more warming, comfort food at this time of year for a reason, it’s so much more nourishing and grounding for our bodies and is a great way to ensure you stay warm.