There are no doubt foods that you just can’t eat (like spicy Thai food) and foods you just shouldn’t eat (like that second piece of chocolate cake). And, of course, there are also foods you can eat to stay healthy, and foods you know you should avoid. If you have a history of vascular problems, or if vascular problems run in your family, it is especially important to eat right. Read on for some foods you can eat for circulatory system health, as well as some foods you should stay away from.
Foods that are good for your circulatory system
Try to increase these foods in your diet:
• Garlic is not only a great addition to many foods, but it also increases blood flow. As a bonus, it is also believed to help build a strong immune system.
• Walnuts are great for snacking on and great in a variety of dishes. They also help to lower blood pressure.
• Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit, have lots of antioxidants and flavonoids, which can improve blood flow. Citrus fruits have even been shown to help with varicose veins and even to reduce the risk of stroke.
• Fatty fish, such as tuna and salmon, can help to dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow.
• Berries can lower blood pressure and improve circulation, so enjoy some strawberries, blueberries, or cranberries today!
Foods to stay away from
Unfortunately, there are also foods you should stay away from, and the list includes some that are probably among your favorites. Try to reduce:
• Your salt intake, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
• Foods with trans fats, such as milk and cheese. Trans fats can increase your risk of heart disease.
• Your sugar intake, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, among many other health issues.
Take care of yourself by watching what you eat, and if you are concerned about your vascular system’s health, don’t wait to get help! Call the office of Dr. Sammy A. Zakhary in Glendale, Arizona, at (623) 258-3255 for an appointment today!