Posted on June 3. 2015
Health & Lifestyle
I am sure that you have heard that good circulation is good for your health several times in your life already. And yes, I am sure that you have agreed with this statement. But do you know what this really means?? We at Varier are here to explain to you what good blood flow actually entails.
The blood circulatory system, also known as the cardiovascular system consists the heart and all the blood vessels that run throughout the entire body. Arteries carry blood away from the heart and you veins transport it back. There are two circulatory systems that comprise of the cardiovascular system. The systemic and pulmonary systems. Systemic circulation basically transports oxygen and nutrient rich blood through our arteries to our organs, tissues (including muscles), and our cells. When it releases the those vital substances to our body it takes on waste substances like carbon dioxide and lactic acid. Now that the blood is low in oxygen it is transported back to the heart. Pulmonary circulation occurs when we breath in oxygen and it enters our bloodstream. So this is how our body works, day in and day out. The heart acts as a pump, transporting oxygenated blood to our organs, then carrying de-oxygenated blood back to our heart.
As you can imagine, a functioning circulatory system is vital.
Basically, poor circulations occurs when blood cannot flow freely due to blockages in the arteries.
It is not only bad lifestyle habits like smoking, lack of exercise and poor diet that result in bad blood circulation. Prolonged sitting - that’s right, sitting - leads to poor blood flow in the body.
Slow blood flow also allows fatty acids to clog the heart. This cause high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. It can also cause blood and other fluids to pool in the legs, which can lead to varicose veins, blood clots and trombosis. It is no wonder that people with sedentary lifestyles are twice as likely to develop a cardiovascular disease as those who are more active. So what can you do to to ensure good blood circulation?
With active sitting, the upper body is free and self-supported and has to balance itself. We engage our abdominal and back muscles, which strengthens our core and improves our posture and reduces tensions. Our feet and legs are in motion, which stimulates our circulation. The shoulders and chest are open, making it easy to breathe deeply. We feel stronger, healthier, and our concentration improves.
The high vitamin E content in found in nuts and seeds helps to prevent the formation of blood clots and plaque buildup in artery walls. This allows blood to to travel smoothly and quickly throughout your body and and to deliver the oxygen and nutrients that the body needs to survive. Adding heart-healthy walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds to your diets will do your body good.
There are many much-publicised benefits to praciticing yoga, but did you know that multiple yoga poses have been shown to help the nervous system naturally quiet down? Two studies published in the British medical journal The Lancet showed that simply practicing the simple yoga pose Savasana (Corpse Pose) for three months led to a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure and 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure.
Cayenne Pepper contains capsaicin, which not only gives it it’s spice heat. Capsaicin also contributes to wider blood vessels which can promote freer blood flow. It also stimulates the heart rate and studies suggest that it may fight arterial plaque buildup.
A good massage works to improve circulation in two ways. It relieves stress, which can cause irregular circulation, and it moves blood through congested areas, freeing up any circulatory blockages.
Yes, we all know that water is good for us, but here’s why: blood contains plasma, and plasma is made primarily out of water. When you are dehydrated, blood circulation slows down because plasma gets thicker. A generous daily intake of water will maintain bloods ideal consistency as well as provide a does of oxygen for your blood to transport to cells.