Poor circulation might not seem like a big deal, but what can start out as a small problem can become serious very quickly if not treated in a timely manner. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is very common in those with diabetes and if not treated can result in heart attack, stroke and brain damage, not to mention ulcers and other problems with the feet.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and help improve your poor circulation. One of the ways includes changing your diet to healthier options, and there are dietary things that can done to help with poor circulation.
Blueberries and Grapes: These guys are full of flavonoids which fight off free-radicals and attack heart healthy cells. They also help to improve your metabolism which in turn helps with blood flow.
Oranges: Oranges are high in Vitamin C which does a great job at strengthening the artery walls and preventing plaque build up. This is key for good blood flow, since weak artery walls and plaque make it much harder for blood to get to your heart.
Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate contains flavanols that help with blood clots and improves circulation. The flavanols also stimulate the artery walls to produce Nitric Oxide which tells the artery walls to relax which in turn helps with blood flow. Remember to not go crazy, eat in moderation and look for high quality dark chocolate.
Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds contain high amounts of Vitamin E, which helps prevent blood clots.
Having good circulation is vital to healthy feet, so if you are struggling with bad circulation make sure to come in and see Dr. Evan Merrill at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC today. He and his staff are here to help you achieve your best foot health. Make an appointment today by calling us at 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.