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How to Promote Circulation in the Winter

Posted on January 10 2019

 Do you ever get that chill in the winter months that you just can't get rid of? If you have poor circulation and always feel cold it can impact our overall health and energy. 

Signs of poor circulation: cold hands and feet, fatigue, poor cognitive function, or numbness and tingling in extremities. Of course with any symptoms or concerns, you should see a medical professional.

 

Below are some easy tips to increase circulation and warm up:

  • Consume warming teas such as ginger. Ginger tea is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and full of antioxidants which will help with any infections, nausea, pain, and swelling.
  • Eat warm foods! So many of us stick to our salads, cold smoothies, ice water, and raw foods in the winter, when we should be eating warm soups, broths, tea, roasted veggies and everything cooked or warmed up. It can be harder on our digestive system and make us cold! Even when you're drinking water, skip the ice!
  • Keep moving! Staying sedentary can be one of the worse things we do in the winter but it is so tempting when our house is so warm and it’s freezing out there. Bundling up and going for a walk, head to the gym, jumping jacks in your room, or at home workouts are really good for circulation and warming up the body!
  • Lay down with your legs against the wall. This is great for promoting circulation and relaxation. 
  • Hot bath. The warm water will open up veins to help promote blood flow and will increase overall body temp. A warm epsom salt bath is the perfect self care habit to add to your wind down routine in the evening during winter months. 

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