One key to good health is always maintaining and improving good circulation throughout the body. Bad circulation can be caused from of a myriad of diseases and conditions including but not limited to arteriosclerosis, varicose veins, niacin deficiency, and others that can cause a tingling sensation or coldness in certain areas of the body. To help prevent these medical conditions you should make sure your circulation stays in top shape. Here are some ways I’ve found work well for maintaining healthy blood circulation.
1. Walk– The most simple thing you can do to give your circulation a boost is to take a quick walk or if you’re in the right physical condition, run. Try walking your dog or paying with the kids for an added bit of recreational fun that will improve the flow of blood through your body.
2. Meditate– Stress can be a factor in tensing up certain areas of the body, therefore restricting blood flow to extremities. Try learning a new breathing technique, listening to ambient music, or just laying down and relaxing for about 20 minutes per day. As your muscles relax your overall circulation will begin to improve throughout your body.
3. Blackstrap Molasses– This substance is a sap that is rich in iron and other minerals which your body will benefit from. These healthy byproducts produce healthy red blood cells and support a healthy immune system. This molasses is thought to keep swelling down and increase blood flow with only two to three teaspoons per day, making it an all natural, healthy choice.
4. Capsaicin– If you need to get your circulation going and don’t mind spicy food try adding peppers, salsa, or hot sauce to your meals, the hotter the better. Along with capsaicin peppers contain vitamin A and C which raise the body’s internal temperature, therefore increasing the flow of blood to all areas of the body.
5. Ginger/Turmeric– Ginger and turmeric roots can also help to get the blood pumping effectively with just a small daily dose. Both of these plants are known for a myriad of health benefits like disease risk prevention and their anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric prevents clogs in arteries that could cause your blood flow to become slow and ineffective at giving your muscles the oxygen they need.
6. Stretch– Do five to ten minutes of stretching a day to get your blood flowing and you’ll feel better in no time. If running, jogging, or walking is too much or you don’t have time to do it, give your body a good circulation boost by just stretching out those muscles.
7. Stop Smoking– Quitting smoking is an essential step to keeping your blood vessels clear of clogs and running like they should. Not only will quitting help your circulation but it will lower your risk for illnesses or conditions like cancer, lung disease, and high blood pressure. Overall in the long run it’s better to stop while you’re ahead.
8. Massages– If meditation on it’s own is not enough to get your circulatory system flowing you may want to consider massages. You can do these yourself, just take your hands and rub in small circular motions with slight pressure. If you want or need a high quality massage a reputable therapist can’t be beat for help. This loosens the muscles and allows blood to flow more freely in the body.
9. Heat– One I use quite frequently is heat sources to improve circulation, especially in the hands and feet. The heat works much like a massage and meditation in the way that it loosens the muscles and allows your circulation to improve. With continued treatment heat therapy can improve your circulation a great deal.
10. Drink Water– Since our bodies are comprised of a large amount of water it’s key to be well hydrated at all times. Becoming dehydrated can cause undue stress on the body’s circulatory system causing high blood pressure and bad blood flow. Drinking plenty of water also helps flush toxins from your system and lower the level of sodium in the body.
These are all methods I use to help improve my circulatory system to overall maintain my health. All of these will help prevent serious medical conditions and diseases so you can maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Live Strong- Causes of Poor Circulation
GI AMLife- Ways to Boost Circulation for Detoxing and Immunity
Mayo Clinic- Lifestyle and Home Remedies
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