In a recent article in Bottom Line Health, there are 2 main causes of bruising.
1. Aging: Getting older our skin becomes thinner and more vulnerable for injuries.
2. Medications: Aspirin, ibuprofen and warfarin (Coumadin) cause thinning of the skin. This allows bruising easily if you bump or scrape yourself.
Here are some suggestions that can help you stop bruising so easily.
Eat a flavonoid-rich diet: Citrus fruits, blueberries, blackberries, green tea, and onions are full of antioxidants which help you to fight off disease and illness as well as strengthen your cell membranes. Even if you are a “chocaholic”! Flavonoids exist naturally in cacao. Though cacao is not as sweet as chocolate, it can stop the urge to eat another sweet and help your metabolism at the same time!
Grape skins contain high amounts of flavonoids as well as polyphenols. Red and white wine contain flavonoids but red wine has been observed to contain higher levels of flavonoids.
Get enough Vitamin C: Elderberry or bilberry are great sources of vitamin C. They are high in flavonoids as well! Studies have shown them improve circulation, eye health and reduce viruses.
Finally, as with everything else… Exercise: Poor circulation contributes to bruising, exercising helps get your circulation pumping! You can walk, skip, jump, run or do anything that gets your heart pumping faster.
This is a message from Dr. Amie B. Gregory at Precise Moves Chiropractic in San Carlos, CA