it’s cold outside: foods to increase circulation

It’s that time of year. Whether you have RSD and/or Raynaud’s or you’re just plain cold all the time, here’s a link to great information about foods to eat to improve your circulation. I am sipping some fresh ginger tea as I type this.

http://www.revitive.com/health-information/foods-to-improve-circulation/

Oranges — Oranges and other citrus fruits high vitamin C are natural blood thinners and are said to strengthen capillary walls and prevent plaque build-up which leads to poorer circulation.

Dark Chocolate — Cocoa contains flavonoids which is naturally found in plants and fruits and has been well linked to improving blood circulation. A study published in the Circulation Journal showed that dark chocolate rich in natural flavonoids improved blood circulation when compared with white chocolate with no flavonoids.

Cayenne pepper — Cayenne is available as a fresh pepper or dried spice and has been associated with increasing metabolic rate and strengthening arteries and blood vessels. Cayenne pepper is best eaten raw in salads or juiced.

Sunflower seeds — Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E which is shown to help keep blood clots from forming. They are great at helping improve circulation. Likewise so are foods such as olives, nuts and pumpkin seeds,

Root Ginger — Ginger is known for helping nausea and digestion problems as well as increasing blood circulation. Ginger can be eaten raw or added to foods or why not try ginger tea.

Garlic — Garlic has many uses and one of them is it cleanses the blood and helps prevent plaque build-up. Other foods in the bulb group such as radishes, onions and leeks are also good at stimulating blood flow.

Ginkgo Biloba — One of the world’s oldest surviving tree species, Ginkgo biloba dilates blood vessels and in doing so increases blood flow. It is also thought to increase blood flow to the brain.

Goji Berries — Goji berries can be found in natural health stores and look similar to raisins. They are high in fibre to help boost the immune system as well as increasing blood circulation.

Watermelon — Watermelons are rich in lycopene which is a natural antioxidant linked to improving circulation. Lycopene is a natural pigment which gives certain foods their reddish colour. Tomatoes, pink grapefruit and apricots also contain lycopene.

Salmon and avocados
— Both salmon and avocados contain heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids which research has shown to support the cardiovascular system and increase blood circulation.”

Avocado for RSD patients

I just reintroduced large amounts of avocado to my diet after needing a break. I’ve had a whole avocado for breakfast every day for the last week. And it feels good. I already knew about the anti-inflammatory benefits and the massive amounts of Vitamin K for neuro help. But the dr on Friday told me it is great for glutathione (i will be getting IV drip of glutathione on my 8 week high dose Vitamin C experiment).  Glutathione is great for neuro health AND liver health — those two are very much related. If your liver is sluggish, your body is much more full of toxins than it ought to be and your sympathetic system goes into extra overdrive (extra because RSDers are already in overdrive) to fight them off and we get those awful headaches.

“The ability of avocado to help prevent unwanted inflammation is absolutely unquestionable in the world of health research. The term “anti-inflammatory” is a term that truly applies to this delicious food. Avocado’s anti-inflammatory nutrients fall into five basic categories.” Read more at the link below.  I sprinkle my avocado with cayenne to help purify my blood and to help circulation.

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http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5

Plantains with cayenne

Plantains with cayenne

Plantains for breakfast…YUM. Plantains are great for sluggish liver, blood cleansing, wound healing and damaged tissue, among other things.
I just pan fried some plantains in EVOO and added a bit of cayenne (to also help my blood). Comfort food that’s actually good for you.

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/health-benefits-of-plantain-9545.html