Juicing for Better Circulation

Your fingernails naturally grow faster than your toenails — and it's all because of proximity to your heart. Your arms are much closer to the pumping action of your heart than your legs are, which means your arms enjoy better circulation than your legs, which results in faster nail growth and quicker healing.

To improve blood circulation, increase your intake of vegetables and fresh fruits, especially berries, eat plenty of foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E, and add ingredients to your daily diet that “kick up” circulation, including fennel, ginger, beetroot, cayenne, and watercress.

How to Get Your Blood Moving Through Diet

Good circulation supplies the body with the oxygen it needs and rids the body of waste. Without good circulation, you're likely to feel sluggish and heal very slowly. Fortunately, you can juice your way to healthy circulation by incorporating the following foods into your homemade juices:

  • Ginkgo biloba is a potent herb that stimulates blood circulation, so include it in your favorite juices.

  • Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E. Research shows that vitamin E can help lessen the stickiness of blood and can prevent blood clots forming, which reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.

  • Oranges contain bioflavonoids and vitamin C that help blood flow by strengthening capillary walls. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant, which helps fight free radicals.

  • Nuts contain a substance called niacin, or vitamin B3, that gives your blood a boost and assists circulation.

  • Watermelon contains lycopene, which helps prevent the buildup of plaque in blood vessels that can interfere with or block blood circulation. Watermelon also promotes healthy arteries and blood circulation.

  • Garlic helps thin blood and will prevent the buildup of plaque in blood vessels and even arteries.

You can give your circulation a jump through regular exercise, which gets your blood moving. Massage, acupressure, and acupuncture have also been shown to improve circulation and enhance relaxation.

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