Did you know…your body contains a network of roadways that carry blood to every corner of your body? Very similar to all those cables hidden behind your work station. When these roadways become slow or blocked means your body isn’t getting enough oxygen or nutrients needed for a healthy circulatory system and your well-being may decline.
Poor circulation is often felt in the hands and feet, feeling cold or even numb. If your skin is very fair you notice your legs have a blue tinge. This is a result of not enough blood being circulated around your limbs. Other factors of poor circulation include brittle hair, dry skin, hair lose on legs or for males keeping an erection.
Key tips to help your circulatory system working optimally
• Stay hydrated. Blood is about half water.
• Ideally maintain blood pressure within the normal range for your age.
• Reduce or quit smoking. Tobacco actually thickens the blood, damages the walls of arteries resulting in a higher risk of stroke or heart attack.
• Get moving. Instead of sitting at your work desk for hours, go for a quick break, work standing or go for a walk around the office. Research has shown sitting for hours weakens leg muscles and slows blood flow in the legs. Enhance your circulation to your legs by standing regularly to work the valves in the leg veins, sending blood back to your heart.
• Compression socks. Perfect for travelling. If you have diabetes, a heart condition or surgery you may have been told to wear compression socks. These socks actually squeeze your legs adding a little pressure helping blood flow in and out of the lower limbs. Check which are suitable for you as compression socks come in various lengths and pressure amounts.
• Balance diet. To help keep within the healthy weight range always have a minimum of 3 cups of vegetables and a piece of fruit each day. Avoid saturated fats found in red meat and other animal sources. Speak to our nutritionist to find your healthy meal plan that is right for you.
• Skin brushing. Using a sweeping motion along your limbs and always directed toward the heart helps to stimulate blood flow and clear congested lymphatic pathways.
• WARM water or tea. Whether you like to take a nightly bath or drink your favourite tea, both are equally good for improving your circulation. The warmth opens blood vessels assisting blood flow throughout the body.