We are going to guess that not a lot of people think about their blood when they sit down for a meal. People may consider foods that are beneficial for the heart, digestive system, or joints, but the blood never gets the attention it deserves. Healthy blood circulation is an important part of maintaining body temperature, and proper blood flow is needed for digestion, heart health, energy, and healthy pH levels.
If you’ve heard the phrase, “get your blood flowing” in regards to exercise, that’s because it does exactly that. You can help improve blood circulation through your diet as well. Most people need help boosting circulation in their feet and lower legs, so start eating the following foods to get your blood pumping!
This is one of the world’s oldest surviving species of tree. Gingko biloba has been known to increase blood flow to the brain and it also helps dilate blood vessels, which works to stimulate blood flow.
We are, of course, talking about lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, or tangerines. Citrus fruits are anti-inflammatory and have alkalizing effects on the body, even though they are acidic outside the body. Oranges and grapefruit contain soluble fibers that are beneficial for the heart and blood. All citrus fruits contain vitamin C, which is a powerful internal body cleanser.
Despite what you may think, eating celery is good for you! The high vitamin K content helps stimulate blood flow and healthy blood clotting, which you need if you get injured. Celery also works to flush out waste because it contains powerful electrolytes and acts as a diuretic.
Because pomegranates are so rich in antioxidants, specifically vitamin C and other polyphenols, encourage nitric oxide production. This helps to keep arteries open and keep your blood flowing. Pomegranates also help to reduce plaque build-up.
There’s a reason why eating this spice helps you stay warm. In addition to containing more vitamin C than oranges, cayenne has been known to increase metabolic rate. Cayenne also helps strengthen arteries and blood vessels. The best way to eat this spice is to add it to salad dressings, nut pastes, or in homemade juices.
You’ll be doing your blood a service by consuming greens on a regular basis. Greens are incredibly alkalizing because they contain high concentrations of chlorophyll, which works to cleanse the blood and liver, the organ that filters blood. The vitamin C & K content also helps to keep your blood healthy. The best greens to consume include spinach, kale, chard, arugula, romaine lettuce, or turnip/mustard/beet greens.
- Ginger root
- Red Bell Pepper
- Raw Almonds
- Raw Walnuts
- Goji Berries