Things you can do to improve blood circulation: - Page 1
The following article gives information about circulation problems, especially for the extremities such as the legs, hands and feet. There are many things you can do to help with this.
What is Poor Circulation?
In simple terms when not enough blood flows along the arteries and capillaries, then problems can happen. It is usually most noticeable in the extremities of the body such as the legs, feet, toes, hands and fingers.
What often happens is that a fatty substance called plaque builds up inside the vessels and makes them much narrower. This restricts the flow and makes it harder for the blood to travel around the body as it normally would.
There can be other reasons such as the blood being thicker than optimum or the heart not being as strong as possible. Both of these things can make the problem worse.
Reasons why reduced circulation can be harmful
Having good flow around your body is vitally important.
Your body is made up of millions and millions of tiny cells which all do different jobs in different parts of the body. There are nerve cells, muscle cells, brain, heart and blood cells and many other types of cells.
Each cell needs nutrition so that it gets the energy it needs to do its particular job. It also needs oxygen so that it can combine with nutrients to convert them to energy.
As well as this, each cell produces waste products including unused nutrients and also carbon dioxide.
The blood supply to and from the cells is what allows all of this to happen. If it is poor then the cells in that part of the body suffer and problems and diseases very often start to occur.
Some common symptoms:
Circulatory disorders are quite common in middle-aged and elderly folk. Hypertension is one of them. It is caused by cholesterol plaque deposits along the walls of the arteries, making them harden and constrict.
Because the arteries are constricted, the blood exerts great force against the walls of the veins, arteries and tiny capillaries, causing pressure to rise. The vessels lose their elasticity and springiness. So if the body needs more energy such as walking up stairs or exercising, it can be difficult to get it.
Hardening of the Arteries
Hardening of the arteries is another consequence because the arteries narrow due to these same fatty deposits.
Buergers disease, common to those who smoke, is a chronic inflammation of the veins and arteries in the lower extremities. Raynauds disease is marked by constriction and spasm of the blood vessels in the extremities.
This very often includes the fingers, toes and tip of the nose. This disease if left untreated can lead to gangrene.
The word varicose means swollen, twisted and lengthened and this is what happens to the veins. They usually occur in the legs, but it can be elsewhere in the body. Having varicose veins can restrict the flow of blood in you legs (more data here). These develop because of a loss of elasticity in the walls of the veins. The resultant reduced circulation then compounds the problem and makes the varicose veins gradually worse.
These circulatory problems are quite common due to genetics or bad food or insufficient exercise or higher stress levels etc. This problem can be quite common in a single leg but more often in both legs.
Basically, veins have small valves inside them to stop blood from flowing back down the body due to gravity. These valves are meant to close as it is pumped through the vein. Then re-open to allow the next pump. But varicose veins have valves which do not close properly. Hence blood is able to fall back down. This creates bulges and makes the problem even worse.
How to improve blood circulation
It is possible to improve this condition throughout the body and also in specific areas. Here are some great tips for you:
Hot and Cold Treatments
Hot and cold Showers or Hydrotherapy is a good way of getting fluids moving around the body. This is something you can do every day, concentrating on the effected area.
When you get hot under a shower the blood rushes to the skin and feeds it. Then when you immediately put on the cold, it rushes to the internal organs. You shiver, but what is happening is that your blood is flushing out of your skin and leaving it oxygenated. Then, again using the hot shower setting, and it flows from your internal organs, flushing out waste and toxins from cells and flows back more to your skin.
Use common sense - not too hot!
Your circulation is increased just by the action of your blood being forced rapidly around your body. This hot and then cold water can be repeated up to 5 or 6 times for optimum results. Do not start straight away on very hot or very cold water. Gradually increase the temperature difference between the hot and cold water over a period of a few weeks so that it is not too much of a shock to the system. This single action can dramatically improve things over time.
You can also do this to a single body part. You don't just have to do this to the whole body. You can use it to improve a leg or a hand etc. Try it. It really can make a difference over time.
These powerful natural herbs can really make a difference:
Cayenne can be used internally or externally. It can be used on unbroken chilblains and pains associated with arthritis or lumbago. Capsicum based creams, liniments, and infused oils can be rubbed onto the skin. Avoid the eyes and other sensitive area of the body.
Internally cayenne stimulates the heart, regulating the blood flow and strengthening the arteries and capillaries. If you want to get things flowing, take cayenne. It can be taken as powder in a capsule or as a liquid tincture. It will not only get things pumped around your body, but it will strengthen your heart, clear your arteries, and research has shown that hot herbs raise your metabolic rate by as much as 25%, so will assist in weight loss. Cayenne is a wonderful herb for a healthy life.
Ginkgo Biloba herb
Ginkgo Biloba is another all-round booster. It is most widely know for its ability to improve memory, due to its ability to increase blood flow through the brain. In Germany, Gingko is used by physicians to treat varicose veins.
Ginkgo, like cayenne, improves flow and strengthens vessels. It is also anti-inflammatory, relaxes the lungs, stimulates flow to the heart and lessens coronary demand for oxygen - reducing shortness of breath and is helpful in asthma. It has often been used to assist thrombosis, varicose veins, cramp, and spontaneous bruising.
The best blend of herbs for this problem:
Modern research shows that a regular intake of Garlic lowers cholesterol levels. Garlic can help cleanse many of your internal systems, tones the heart and circulatory system and helps prevent heart disease. It helps with high blood pressure and reduces the risk of atherosclerosis*.
Ginger gently stimulates all tissues of the body and is a fantastic cellular tonic.
( *atherosclerosis a degenerative disease of the arteries characterised by patchy thickening of the inner lining of the arterial walls, caused by deposits of fatty material. )
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We often get asked which is the best. It really depends on your own personal choice.
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