Easy Steps for Improving Circulation
Halloween Hayday will be here soon in Geneva, IL. Youth will be able to dress in their favorite costumes, whether that is cartoon characters, athletes, or monsters. It’s true that if you run into a vampire that wants to suck your blood, he or she would have a hard time if you have poor blood flow, but don’t let that keep you from improving circulation!
The bad news is that impaired blood flow can cause intermittent claudication—painful cramping in leg muscles following physical activity like walking or going up stairs—and increase the risk for serious medical issues like heart attacks and strokes. The good news? There are steps you can take to improve circulation. Even better? Improving circulation centers on healthy lifestyle changes that provide a host of other benefits!
Here is where you begin:
- Eat a healthy diet. Fast food is convenient, no two ways about that, but preparing your own meals at home allows you to have control over what goes into your body. This means you can plan a diet that is low in trans- and saturated fats, one that will help you control cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Those are major contributors to atherosclerosis, which is the accumulation of plaque deposits on artery walls.
- Get regular exercise. Before you decide to start a workout program, be sure to consult with us first. We can help you create a plan that eases you into physical activity, which will not only keep you safe but also reduce the risk of burnout. This is important because exercise is instrumental in improving circulation and teaching your muscles how to more efficiently use oxygen.
- Give up smoking. Yes, we understand that this is difficult to do, but the benefits are almost immediate and only get better with time. Smoking is one of the biggest contributing factors for peripheral arterial disease and quitting goes a long way to helping improve the condition.
Healthy lifestyle choices are definitely a step in the right direction, but some cases of circulatory issues, may require further assistance in the form of medication that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, prevent clotting, and manage glucose levels.
Contact Prairie Path Podiatry and find out how we can help you on your journey to improved circulation. Give our Geneva, IL office a call at (630) 845-3338 or schedule your appointment online today. You may even improve enough to outrun the vampires!