How to deal with bad circulation

The dos and don’ts of coping with poor circulation

Learn to love spices
Be generous with circulation-enhancing spices and herbs such as chilli, ginger, garlic, onion, horseradish, thyme and turmeric in meals. And learn to love curry – most dishes will contain most of the above ingredients.

Increase your intake of iron-rich foods
Iron is essential for transporting oxygen around the body, so if your poor circulation is due to iron-deficiency anaemia, increasing your intake of iron-rich foods can help. Try adding red meat, liver, apricots and prunes to your diet, or consider an iron supplement.

Avoid cold drinks
Don’t have drinks ice cold, instead drink them at room temperature or even warmer, including water.

Say no to alcohol
Even though you may feel warmed up and the life and soul of the party after a few drinks, that’s a dangerous illusion. Your face may feel flushed and warm, but the internal body won’t be feeling the love. This can be especially dangerous in very cold climates because you can feel deceptively warm even when your core temperature has dropped.

Try medicinal herbs
In addition to culinary herbs, there are medicinal herbs you can take to help ease the chill. Choose one or more of the following: bayberry,ginkgo biloba, bilberry, horse chestnut, prickly ash and nettle.