Your blood circulation can get bogged down if you are overweight and have a low blood count, high blood pressure and narrowed arteries, among other risk factors. All of these health problems can stem from dietary causes, many of which are common faults in the average western diet.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that most people consume excess saturated fat, sodium, and calories. They also consume inadequate amounts of potassium and food sources of other minerals and vitamins that support blood cell production, such as whole grains.
High Saturated Fat and Cholesterol
If you eat a lot of butter, ice cream and other whole-fat milk products, hamburgers and other fatty meats, your saturated fat intake probably exceeds the modest 10 percent of total calories that is recommended for heart health and weight control.
Saturated fat can stick to artery walls, especially those damaged by high blood pressure, narrowing the space where blood circulates. Animal-based foods also contain dietary cholesterol, which also clogs arteries. Eating a lot of eggs, shellfish and organ meats can send you past a recommended daily cholesterol intake of 300 mg.
Dietary sodium comes mainly from the salt added to foods during processing, cooking, or while eating at the table. High levels of sodium can increase your blood pressure, damage your arteries and promote bleeding, blood clots and fatty plaque buildup within arteries.
The USDA considers a daily intake of 2,300 mg of sodium the maximum limit; a daily maximum intake of 1,500 mg sodium is safer for people with high cardiovascular risk. Foods with large sodium ratios include many fast foods, frozen foods, and canned soups, beans and other vegetables. Meats processed with salt, such as ham and pepperoni, also contain excess sodium.
If your diet is high in fat and sodium, it is probably also high in calories. You may add to that calorie burden by eating lots of sweetened foods, causing you to consume more calories in a day than you can possibly expend.
This caloric imbalance causes weight gain, a major factor in cardiovascular conditions that negatively affect blood circulation. Becoming overweight raises your chances of developing high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, arrhythmias, angina and heart attacks.
Low Potassium, Iron and Vitamin B
When fat, sodium and sugar intakes are high, your consumption of foods that contain beneficial minerals and vitamins may be lower than is necessary for healthy body function. Low potassium levels, which your body needs to balance the effects of sodium, can raise your blood pressure and cause artery problems.
Low intake of iron or B vitamins can decrease the amount of red blood cells that circulate oxygen throughout your body. You may be deficient in these nutrients if you eat more refined grains than whole grains, or if you avoid other plentiful sources such as legumes and leafy green vegetables.
Supplement to Improve Blood Circulation
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