8 Strategies for a Stronger Circulatory System

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By South Valley Vascular
February 27, 2024

It’s easy to imagine exercises to strengthen the heart or other bodily systems, but what exercises strengthen the circulatory system? Whether you have a weakened circulatory system or are just looking to strengthen it, there’s plenty you can do. Today, we look closely at eight strategies for a stronger circulatory system.

What Does the Circulatory System Do?

So, what does the circulatory system do? The circulatory system keeps blood and oxygen flowing continuously throughout the body, promoting proper organ function. It helps promote the healing of wounds, the function of the brain and heart, and a healthy complexion.

Circulation also affects the immune system since certain blood cells carry immune cells where they’re needed. This makes the circulatory system vital to the function of several different systems throughout the body. When poor circulation happens, it can easily negatively impact one or all of these systems.

What Causes Poor Circulation?

Poor circulation can be a result of several vascular diseases and related conditions. Some common causes include peripheral artery disease (PAD), obesity, anemia, untreated blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, and high blood pressure. Smoking also contributes to poor circulation.

If you think you may have poor circulation, keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms:

  • A lack of energy or concentration
  • Coldness in the extremities (hands and feet)
  • Thinning hair or hair loss
  • Delayed or slowed healing
  • (In men) erectile dysfunction

Strengthening Circulatory System Function: 8 Strategies

The good news is strengthening the body’s circulatory system function is easy to do. Here are 8 strategies to try to strengthen the system.

1. Increase Cardiovascular Exercise

Running, biking, and even walking help boost circulation. So does stretching before exercising, so make sure to do stretches before your exercises. Cardiovascular exercises will strengthen both your heart and your circulatory system.

2. Quit Smoking

Smoking inhibits blood flow, destroys blood vessel walls, and contributes to plaque accumulation in the veins. Quitting smoking benefits your heart, circulatory system, lungs, and other parts of the body. If you want to strengthen your circulatory system, consider quitting immediately.

3. Drinking Black or Green Tea

Both black and green tea contain antioxidants that can increase the width of weakened blood vessels. Drinking either kind of tea can contribute to stronger vessels and improved blood flow.

4. Treat Your Anemia Properly

Many people struggle with anemia (or low iron in their blood) without even knowing they have it. Anemic people don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to properly circulate oxygen through their bodies, leading to other complications.

Talk to your doctor to see if you may want to consider iron supplements or a more iron-rich diet. Some iron-rich foods to consider are spinach, legumes, and (in moderation) red meat.

5. Dry Brush Your Body

This technique can stimulate blood flow before a shower or bath. Using a soft-bristle brush, gently brush your skin in long upward strokes. Start at the feet, moving up to the heart.

6. Lower Stress

High stress negatively impacts many different aspects of your health, including your circulatory system. If you’re looking to decrease stress in your life, consider meditation or yoga. You can also try to spend more time (either in person or virtually) with loved ones to reduce stress.

7. Increase Your Omega-3 Intake

You’ve likely heard some of the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet before. Omega-3s can help improve blood flow and are excellent for heart health. Improve your vascular health with two or three servings of fish like tuna, salmon, or sardines (or taking Omega-3 supplements).

8. Compression Socks and Elevation

By elevating your legs, you’ll help move blood to the upper body and towards the heart. Compression socks similarly encourage this through pressure on the circulatory system in the feet. This can reduce swelling, which is especially useful for people who are pregnant, have diabetes, or stand frequently for work.

Strengthen the Circulatory System with South Valley Vascular

Those are 8 strategies for strengthening the circulatory system that almost anyone can easily do from home. If you’re looking to strengthen your circulatory system, you aren’t alone. With support from a vascular specialist, you can get your circulatory system stronger in no time. 

If you live near the Southern San Joaquin Valley, consider calling on the expertise of South Valley Vascular. They can offer a more in-depth look at your particular vascular issues and suggest more targeted relief. Schedule an appointment today with one of South Valley Vascular’s friendly and knowledgeable vascular specialists.