Graphic of Human Circulatory System

Heart-Healthy Tips to Improve Circulation

Our circulatory system is a marvel, comprised of arteries, veins, and capillaries that transport nutrients, water, and oxygen to cells in our bodies to keep us alive. In order to function properly, this 60,000-mile superhighway needs our support to stay healthy and in the best working order. Restricted blood flow can lead to heart problems, kidney problems, high blood pressure, varicose veins, and long-term organ damage.

Though age, genetics, and certain lifestyle choices can lead to blood flow issues, there are several things we can do to improve our circulation and give us the best chance at looking and feeling good.

Quit Smoking

Saying goodbye to tobacco is a good idea for a variety of reasons, but especially for those with circulation problems. Nicotine has been shown to contribute to these issues. Do your body a favor and just say no.

Stay Hydrated

H2O is a natural, easy way to nourish your body, and this is apt when it comes to your circulation. Water helps your blood deliver all those essential nutrients. Also, when you’re dehydrated, your cardiac output decreases by a significant amount.

Exercise

Set a goal to exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week. If you work a desk job, set a timer to get up and move once every hour. Many smart watches have apps that remind you to do this!

Eat Healthy

Indulge in fruit, veggies, protein, and whole grains, and keep sugar, salt, and unhealthy fat to a minimum. Aim for less than 200 milligrams of cholesterol a day. You will not only look better, you will feel better as well!

Get a Massage

Massage is not simply an indulgence. It has numerous health benefits, including moving blood through your body to release toxins that get stuck in your muscles.

Wear Compression Stockings

Compression stockings squeeze your legs to help move blood up your legs to prevent swelling and blood clots. Remember to replace them every 3 to 6 months!

If you have concerns about circulation issues, give Alate Health a call. We treat men and women for a variety of vein concerns to vein conditions, and offer free vein screenings. Our minimally-invasive vein treatments are virtually painless and yield great results.

What are some ways that you try to improve your circulation?