Ways to Improve Blood Circulation
Do you often experience cold hands or feet? Does your legs have varicose veins or spider veins? Any type of skin discoloration? You may be suffering from poor blood circulation. Proper circulation is vital to health as it distributes the oxygen and nutrients to the body as well out carries away the toxins and waste in the body to flush out. Poor circulation in the heart is detrimental to health. That's why it’s important that one maintains or improves good blood flow for a healthy and strong body.
What causes poor circulation?
There are several reasons one suffers from poor circulation. Certain habits such as smoking, inactivity, obesity and lack of essential vitamins from improper diet can affect the blood flow. Also, prolonged sitting and standing can be a direct reason.
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What are the symptoms of poor circulation?
Not having a good blood circulation can lead to some health problems and some can be severe such as:
- Varicose veins
- Spider veins
- Blood clots
- Cold hands or feet
- Tingling and numbing of hands or feet
- Fatigue or cramping
How to improve blood circulation in the heart and body?
Exercise. Moving through exercise is one of the best ways to keep your blood flowing and improve your cardio. A good exercise makes your heart pumping and as a result improves your circulation.
Manage your stress. When a person is stressed, the body may suffer from fatigue, tension and therefore a possibility for the nerves and blood vessels to constrict. Manage your stress level by working out or relaxing.
Hydrate. Our body is mostly water including the blood therefore keeping a good amount of fluid intake maintains good circulation. Any wastes or toxins are taken away for a healthier system in the body.
Quit smoking. When a person habitually smokes, not only does it contaminates the oxygen in the body but it also constricts the blood vessels which affects the proper circulation of the body.
Get a massage. Not only is massage relaxing and relieving stress it also improves circulation. It loosens stiff and tensed muscles which allows good circulation. If you’re suffering from mental and body stress, injury, tired legs and aching muscles, getting a good massage is a great way to relieve it.
It's never too late to reverse poor blood circulation. Make it a daily habit to be mindful of your activities and food intake. Exercise and of course, find time to relax.