How to Improve Blood Circulation and Why It's Important

by Dr. Lyone, Assistant Director, Caretaker Co. Research Fac.

Many undervalue the importance of blood circulation, making lifestyle choices that significantly impede this function. They fail to exercise regularly, smoke, they are treating their bodies poorly. Sooner or later, a price must be paid because these habits harm the heart, which is the main organ responsible for healthy blood flow. Some illnesses may also create circulation problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

In this article, you're about to learn WHY good blood circulation is vital to your health, the risks, and what you can start doing today:

The Benefits of Good Blood Circulation

As stated before, good blood circulation is an integral part of a healthy life. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle and take preventative actions to protect yourself, you will gain the following benefits:
  • Healthy blood and oxygen flow throughout the body, allowing your lungs, heart and muscles to function properly and efficiently.
  •  You’ll fight off and avoid potential diseases and sicknesses. With good circulation, the white blood cells in your immune system will be transported around the body as needed.
  •  You’ll keep your organs in its best working order. Efficient circulation helps remove waste from the body created by different organs.

Alright, if the Good Wasn't Enough, the Bad Will Be:

Now that you understand the benefits of having good blood circulation, it is important to identify various risks caused by poor blood circulation. 
  • Lack of energy, excessive tiredness and an inability to concentrate.
  • The limited flow of oxygen to the brain may lead to memory glitches.
  • For women, one of the most terrifying or embarrassing effects of poor blood circulation is alopecia; or hair loss. (Not that there's anything wrong with a bald hairstyle - only if you didn't want it!)
  • For men, one of the most terrifying or embarrassing effects of poor blood circulation is erectile dysfunction (that is, having trouble keeping "it" hard)
  • Because blood circulates white blood cells for healing and platelets for clotting, cuts and sores may take longer to heal, increasing the likelihood of infection.
  • In the worst cases, poor circulation may require amputation of the affected limb.

Relax, We Won't Leave You Out To Dry. Here's How You Can Your Improve Blood Circulation!

The good news is that there are many ways to improve blood circulation if you are willing to make the time and effort. All it takes is a few easy lifestyle changes, ongoing commitment to your health and assistance from your doctor. Here are a few tips worth trying:

  • Yoga looks a lot easier than it is in the beginning, but it is worth the initial hiccup of learning and holding the poses. The bending and stretching involved in yoga help to decompress and compress veins, which in turn improves circulation.
  • Not to toot our own horn here but, massages are a great way to relax and unwind or even bond with your partner. Our next generation hand-held massage devices (guns and shawls) help to release lactic acid buildup in your muscles and increases blood flow! Of course, you can visit a professional masseuse/physiotherapist, but they can cost up to $1000 without insurance. With Caretaker massagers, you make a smaller one-time purchase and stay at home--helping stop the spread!
  • Regular cardiovascular exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight. It also improves blood circulation and keeps your heart in the best shape possible. This includes running, biking, walking, HIIT training, weight training, swimming, etc!
  • Water, water, and water. Did we mention water? Drinking water keeps you hydrated, thins the blood and helps to flush toxins from the body.
  • Not everyone loves seafood, but if you’re one of the many who does, you’ll be glad to know that eating fish helps improve circulation due to the omega-3 fatty acids. The healthiest choices to consider are tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel.

Thank you for reading. We are glad that you got this far and hopefully take this valuable knowledge to better your life. Have a good one, and remember, be your own caretaker!

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