Most functions that take place in our body are automatic and don’t require much thought or action from us. But when one of these ‘automatic’ functions stops working as it should, we have to find ways to help.
Assisting your blood to circulate around the body is something most of us have never considered, but for many people it is a real issue. Proper circulation of the blood around the body is vital to maintaining good health; your body’s circulation system is responsible for sending blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body. This is normally an automatic function that we need not worry about, however certain diseases such as diabetes or even becoming immobile can affect the blood circulation resulting in leg and foot pain, swollen feet or ankles, tired, aching or a heavy feeling in the legs.
When there are circulation issues within the body, they normally take place in the extremities; this is because getting the blood to return to the heart from the limbs is hard work, as the blood is essentially climbing up hill against gravity.
Although poor circulation is a huge issue and often seems impossible to combat, there are a few measures you can take to help improve your circulation.
Sitting for too long has become the norm; a lot of us have desk jobs that require us to be sitting down for hours on end staring at a computer screen. It is important to move around during the day to help the blood flow through the legs, sitting down for too long is when the blood starts to collect. So if you do have one of those desk jobs, make sure you get up every now and then and go for a walk.
This pepper is thought to help open blood vessels and improve circulation. Try using it when you cook, or stirring it into your tea for a little morning kick. Adding this spicy treat to your diet should help to improve circulation over time.
Crossing your legs actually cuts off circulation, making is hard for the blood to get to your leg tissues to provide oxygen, nutrients and remove waste. Sitting with your legs slightly elevated aids circulation, so if you have a footstool or a small box that you can rest your feet on during the day, this could make a world of difference.
Not panty hose, compression hose! It may not be as sexy as slipping on a pair of panty hose but believe me, investing in some compression hose is a wise choice. This simple yet effective piece of clothing is actually specifically designed to help blood circulate easier. Ask at your local doctors office, pharmacy or even go online to order your compression hose today.
As we all know, salt actually causes your body to retain water, which can lead to poor circulation and added pressure on the veins. You can limit the amount of salt you ingest by making sure you prepare all of your meals, drinking more water to help flush out the salt from your body and not adding salt to your meals after they are prepared.
Keeping active is a definite plus when it comes to improving circulation, any exercise that gets you moving will be beneficial. Even power walking for as little as 30 minutes a day will definitely show improvements, if you are unable to get up for a walk, try out some low impact activities such as yoga to help get your blood flowing.
This bad habit actually accelerates atherosclerosis, which is a disease that causes plaque build up inside your arteries, limiting blood flow to your organs and other parts of your body causing poor circulation.
Having excess fat places undue stress on your circulatory system, eating quality foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and avoiding fast food, fried foods or processed foods all help to maintain a healthy weight.
Poor circulation isn’t a condition itself, it is a result of other health issues such as blood clots, varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, obesity or even diabetes, so if you do suffer from any of the aforementioned, using these preventative measures to help improve your circulation is key.
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Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.