A while ago my husband was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago. Luckily, he’s not in insulin (and hopefully won’t ever get to that point), but any type of diabetes takes a toll on a persons body. We’ve recently learned that he has bad circulation in his feet (a common issue with diabetics). His grandfather passed away as a double amputee of his legs from diabetic complications, so this is a real concern for us.
As a result, I’ve done some research on how to increase circulation in the feet so I can continue to help my husband be as healthy as possible, and hopefully beat this diabetes. Since he only has to take the pills this is reversible, but it will take some hard work and dedication on his part.
We all know that exercise has many health benefits, and increasing circulation (throughout the body) is just one of those many health benefits. Exercises that use the legs helps with the circulation in the leg and feet. These can include swimming, running, jogging, yoga, and even walking. At least 30 minutes a day of exercise helps with circulation and overall health. You can also use a foam roller to roll out your legs.
Eat Right / Less Salt
Eating healthy helps keep weight off and helps you feel great (including increasing motivation to exercise more). Lots of fruits, vegetables, and water is great for circulation. Salt is horrible for circulation, so limiting salt intake will help increase circulation throughout the whole body. Also, cooking your own, healthy food is much better for the body than eating out (especially fast food). A couple of great herbs that increase circulation throughout the body include ginger, garlic, cayenne, and ginkgo biloba.
To increase circulation it is important to keep moving. Blood starts to collect in one spot if a person sits or stands for too long. If you sit at a desk for your job, it’s a good idea to get up and move around at least once an hour, even if it’s to go to the restroom or to get a glass of water. The same goes if you stand in one spot for your job – walk around at least once an hour to get the blood flowing.
Don’t Cross Your Legs When You Sit
Crossing your legs when you’re sitting is horrible for circulation. Instead, sit with your feet shoulder width apart and flat on the floor, or on a stool about 6-8 inches off the ground.
If you like pedicures with a nice foot massage, then go ahead and pamper yourself. The foot massage helps increase circulation, and feels great!
While compression hose isn’t the most fashionable thing a person can wear, it does help increase the circulation.
See A Doctor
If you think you have poor circulation, or if you know you have poor circulation and the above steps don’t seem to be helping, or if you are experiencing pain from the poor circulation, please see a doctor for further assistance. A doctor may give you additional suggestions on what you can do for your specific issues, or recommend specific medical treatments or therapies.