Why Healthy Circulation is Important
Your body does so many amazing things that you’re not even aware of. On average, your heart beats 100,000 times a day, sending blood to all your organs and limbs – pumping up to 2,000 gallons of blood every single day! As you can imagine, blood circulation is super important to your health.
What happens if you have bad circulation?
Diseases and issues like diabetes, peripheral artery disease, blood clots, Raynaud’s disease, immobility, and even aging can slow down or interfere with healthy circulation. If circulation is reduced it can lead to issues in your feet:
- Increased build up of waste produce, which can cause gout
- Reduced healing time in wounds
- Loss of sensation
- Nerve damage
How can I improve my circulation?
You can positively affect your circulation in your legs and feet by taking great care of your body! Here are a few great ways:
- Exercise. Regular exercise increases blood circulation throughout the body. The most effective exercises involve your legs like hiking, biking, walking, yoga, and weight training. Swimming and yoga are other great exercises that are low impact. Talk to your doctor about a good workout regiment if you’re just starting, but most recommend working out 4 to 5 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes each time.
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Make sure you move around and stretch if you’re prone to sitting or standing for long stretches. This will increase blood flow and prevent pooling. Take 5-minute breaks to stretch out and walk around.
- Stay hydrated! Water helps your blood keep flowing. It also helps hydrate your cells and helps your body get rid of waste products more quickly.
- Eat right. A balanced diet improves circulation. Eat plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins. Fatty foods, especially saturated fats, can clog up your arteries. Get your fats from healthy sources like nuts, seeds, or avocados.
Some of these lifestyle changes are easier than others! They are all worth implementing though, to ensure healthy feet for life. If you don’t know where to start, we are here to help! Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, can answer any questions you might have about circulation in your feet and ankles. We’re here to ensure you’re on your way to great foot health. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.