How many times have you heard about problems with poor circulation? Dysfunctions of the circulatory system are, in fact, very widespread and affect many more people than one might imagine. Contrary to the popular belief, circulatory problems can affect people of all ages, not just the elderly. Circulation is essential for proper bodily functions and overall health. Since blood carries oxygen, hormones and nutrients to every part of the body, poor circulation can cause all kinds of disorders and can be at the root of many other health issues.
What causes poor blood circulation?
Many factors can lead to bad circulation – a sedentary lifestyle, high temperatures, the habit of wearing tight clothes and shoes, eating too much salt, excess weight or obesity. In addition, smoking and alcohol can affect both vitality and physical appearance and cause premature skin aging. Therefore, when you suffer from poor circulation, the blood flow is not able to properly reach all the cells and tissues to bring them oxygen and vital nutrients. Moreover, blood carries away toxins and waste products, which means that when circulation is poor, this can pose a potential risk to our health.
How can we look healthier, more beautiful and younger?
1. Balanced diet, rich in minerals and nutrients
A healthy and balanced diet is necessary to maintain your fitness level and keep in good condition. Make sure you eat food rich in vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids and iron, which are excellent allies in maintaining a good hormonal status. What’s more, regular consumption of red fruit and a diet rich in fish and green vegetables has a good impact on our cardiovascular system. On top of that, optimal water intake is a must, as well as freshly squeezed juices and herbal teas.
2. Regular physical activity
As we all know, regular physical activity is good for our health, but also for your circulation. Some sports are more suitable for improving the circulation throughout your entire body. Here are some of the suggestions:
- Walking: this activity helps the supply of oxygen in tissues and blood vessels and thus increases blood flow. In addition, walking reduces the risk of diabetes, helps you lose weight, tones your muscles, improves your mood.
- Running: running definitely helps boost your blood flow. It also prevents osteoporosis, accelerates metabolism, has a favorable effect on the cardiovascular system, lowers blood sugar levels.
- Swimming: swimming can increase circulation, because it is an activity that can be done horizontally, without too much strain on the body. It is no coincidence that it is recommended for those suffering from venous diseases. In fact, water creates gentle pressure on the venous system, massages the lower back, which can enhance circulation in the treated areas. In addition, swimming improves joint mobility, coordination and muscle tone.
3. Healthy daily routine and mental hygiene
It is a well known fact that cold showers can increase blood flow and make you feel an immediate sense of well-being. Slowly increase the water temperature to make it equal to your body’s temperature, to a level you feel comfortable. Whenever it is possible, try to keep your legs elevated or propped up on a pillow while you rest. It is also useful to take a walk or stretch your legs every hour during a break at work in order to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time.
4. Circulatory massage
Circulatory massage might be the secret to maintain healthy blood flow. Most of us have heard what the benefits of massage are, such as relaxation of tense muscles and stress relief. Circulatory massage involves applying pressure on deep muscle tissue in the same direction as your blood flow to keep the blood circulating properly throughout the body. Moreover, regular circulatory massages might stimulate the lymphatic system. In this way you can release toxins and waste products from the organism, which is a side effect of bad circulation. Moreover, you can use essential oils during massage to further boost circulation, such as rosemary, citrus, eucalyptus.
Pamper yourself to a relaxing hand massage or use a Donnerberg neck and shoulder massager that stimulates hand massage almost perfectly wherever you need it – at home, in the office, on the move.
Ginseng (known as the miracle herb) is the oldest Chinese medicinal plant used in traditional medicine, cosmetics, especially for dermatological purposes – ginseng can be useful in toning and tightening the skin. It also has a positive impact on blood circulation, encouraging the contraction of blood vessels and formation of new capillaries. In this way, you can better supply tissues with blood and oxygen. Ginseng is an effective herbal remedy during periods of stress, weight fluctuations, loss of muscle tone and premature skin aging. When you apply it to the skin, it can stimulate microcirculation, increase energy levels and improve flexibility. For greater efficiency, ginseng can be used in combination with massages.
Take small steps – follow the advice that appeals to you most!
When you take care of yourself, you also take care of your loved ones!