Circulation is the term used to describe the flow of anything and the most common application of this term is related to blood circulation inside the human body. The circulation of blood is responsible for supplying nutrients, Oxygen and transforming unwanted particles into waste.
Blood circulation is very important for us and the heart makes sure this process continues and keeps the blood flow regular so our lungs get oxygenated blood and carry it on towards the other organs and carries the de-oxygenated blood back to the heart to re-oxygenate the blood for the next round. But, when this circulation gets compromised, you might face different health challenges such as:
- Cold hands and feet
- Eye problems
- Itching in different parts of the body
- Swollen legs
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Muscle cramps
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Numbness in parts of the body
- Blood clots
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Varicose veins
- Cardiovascular disease
- Leg pain and back pain
The heart being the main organ is responsible for pumping blood to the different areas of the body. In return the heart is also the receiver for un-oxygenated blood that gets transferred to the lungs for re-oxygenation.
The arteries or veins are the blood vessels that deliver the blood to the different areas of the body. If there is a problem with the arteries like atherosclerosis, it results in increased levels of cholesterol and lipids in the blood. Though the arteries have cusps to prevent backflow and stasis of blood, however, certain factors like immobility or lack of exercise can be the cause of blood staying in one part of the body for too long leading to problems like varicose veins, hemorrhoids, blood clots and even life-threatening deep vein thrombosis which with time can become embolus.
Keeping The Circulation Going:
It is very important for you to maintain the proper circulation of blood in your body. You can take vitamins or antioxidants like A,C,E or Lecithin and B complex (in particular B2,B3) but if you want natural solutions then a properly prepared diet chart would definitely be better. For this you should follow a stable diet and eat foods that improve your blood circulation.
Include a lot of vegetables and fruits in your diet as they are very good for your health, in particular for your organs as they provide very high levels of bioflavonoid that promote the blood flow strengthening the capillaries. Nuts help in boosting blood flow as they are rich in vitamin B3. Garlic should also be added to your daily foods. Avoid the saturated or Trans fats as they tend to reduce the flow of blood in our bodies.
Set guidelines for a healthy eating and avoid cooked oils, white sugar, white flour, meat or foods that are over processed or have added chemicals. Alternate hot and cold baths also help the blood flow in penetrating all parts of the body. Do consult your doctor or an experienced Land O Lakes Chiropractor to find out the best practices to keep the circulation going like it should.