Top Tips for a Healthy Circulatory System

The circulatory system is formed of the heart, lungs and blood vessels that are responsible for transporting nutrients, gases, hormones and cells to every part of the body. It doesn’t require anything to get the circulatory system moving but it does help to improve and strengthen it to maintain a healthy body.

Helping to stimulate the blood circulation can help to boost just about every bodily function and can improve overall health. Diet, exercise and supplements can all play an important role in this. Here are a few tips to help boost your blood flow;

Diet is the Key

Looking after your weight and diet is helpful when trying to control your blood pressure and giving your circulation a much-needed boost. Trying to decrease the intake of sodium within the diet, such as processed food and replacing it with potassium such as; dark, leafy greens and bananas. Having too much sodium stored in the body can cause the blood vessels to contract affecting those with circulatory disorders. Similarly, keeping track of your cholesterol levels can also help to avoid any interference within the blood flow. On average it is recommended that the total cholesterol levels for a healthy adult should be 5 mmol/L, it is always advised to get your levels checked regularly.

Keep Moving

Love it or hate it, it is a well-known fact that exercising can do your body a world of good! It can help to strengthen the heart and lower blood pressure. Any form of cardio activity that gets you moving; walking, running, cycling, swimming etc. can make a difference as it helps to raise your heart rate and gets the blood pumping around the body. Start of slowly if you are new to exercise and keep building it up, as you get stronger. Even ten minutes a day is better then doing nothing.

Add in Some Gingko Biloba

This supplement is an all-round circulation booster that helps to improve blood flow and oxygen delivery. It helps to maintain cardiovascular function by opening the vessels that deliver blood to the brain to help the blood flow more efficiently. In some cases it is also believed to help memory and cognitive functions by protecting against nerve damage caused by Alzheimer’s.

Deskercise

If you have a primarily sedentary job that requires being inactive for the best part of the day you may find it difficult to fit in exercise into your daily routine. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time has been known to be bad for circulation and also for you posture. Taking time to go for a short walk during a break or doing leg extensions under the desk can be beneficial to keep your blood circulating.

The Power of Garlic

Garlic is a common herb that is best known for flavouring foods and has been an integral part of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, it is beneficial as part of an every day diet- either in food, or as a supplement. It has also been known as an all-round tonic, helpful for cleansing the blood that can help to lower blood pressure slightly in people with hypertension.

New Years resolutions we can all stick to

Every year people around the world make a New Years resolution that can be beneficial for the upcoming year. On average 33% of people plan to make the year a healthy one by getting fitter, eating better and/or losing weight. However, around 63% of people admitted to failing to commit to a resolution with the majority breaking it within one month. So why do people fail? Normally it is down to expectations being set too high that aren’t realistic with day-to-day life.

However, there are a few simple resolutions that can work with every day life making a huge difference to personal and physical health. Try some of our simple resolutions to help you feel healthier inside and out this year;

Sleep More

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being by allowing the body to rest and rejuvenate after a day of activity. An acceptable level of sleep can help to maintain mental and physical health as well as supporting growth and development in children and teens. Supplements such as Magnesium, can contribute to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue as it can help to aid sleep by calming nerves and relaxing the muscles. An on-going lack of sleep can lead to a stressed demeanour, weakened immune system and affect the body in the way we react, think, eat, work and learn. Taking a nap when feeling tired really can do you the world of good.

Stress Less

Stress is individual as it can mean different things to different people. Some people may find stress at work, at home, when driving, through personal accomplishments etc. Whereas, occasionally stress can be a positive in order to motivate and encourage, it is on the most part, a negative that can damage health long-term if experienced over a prolonged period of time. Reducing stress levels not only raises positivity but can also benefit health too. Taking time out of each day for enjoyable activities, spending time with family and friends or having ten minutes for yourself, can help to set reasonable expectations that can help to relieve day-to-day stress. Supplements such as 5 HTP, can also help to improve mood as it can increase serotonin levels in the body, which can lead to a reduction in stress and anxiety.

Stay Hydrated

The body is made up of around 60% water, which helps to drive regular bodily functions such as; digestion, circulation, creation of saliva, maintaining kidney function and skin health. Health experts recommend a minimum of one litre of water per day in order to keep the body hydrated and healthy. It doesn’t require a dramatic change in your daily water intake but trying to drink a little more than normal can make a huge difference. Have a glass with your morning coffee or tea, a bottle sat on your desk at work or a glass with an afternoon meal can make a positive impact on the body and compensate for water loss that occurs day-to-day.

Take Time for Yourself

Sometimes life can get stressful but it is always important to prioritise yourself from time to time, even if its five minutes in the morning or right before bed, it provides some time during the day to focus on personal sanity and health. Taking a break to focus on yourself has both psychological and physical benefits that can help you to feel refreshed and happier. It helps to maintain a good sense of self, which can feel life changing. Taking Detox capsules can help the body to feel lighter as they are designed to aid in expelling waste faster and also cleansing the intestines of unwanted toxins, helping to look after yourself and your body.

Commit to Exercise

Exercise not only keeps the body healthy but it also releases chemicals called endorphins, which can reduce your perception of pain, giving a positive and energizing outlook on life. A marathon doesn’t have to be completed each week to feel the benefits of exercise but it is recommended to do around 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity five times a week. Going for a walk, doing household chores, riding a bicycle, yoga, swimming etc. are all easy and non-expensive ways to get the blood pumping around the body and keep healthy. It makes you feel good too. Green Tea extract is a substance that is known to be rich in antioxidants, which can help the body to burn excess fat by increasing the metabolic rate and increasing the calories the body burns. It can help to encourage the body to carry on working at its best around an exercise regime.

Top Tips to Make a New Exercise Regime Work

Beginning a new exercise regime can be daunting as thought of digging out old trainers and overhauling a diet that’s still in its Christmas period can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Finding the right balance between exercise and nutrition can help to get the best fitness results.

Regular exercise has been known to strengthen the lungs, improve mood, relieve stress and burn calories, which keeps the metabolism functioning at its best. Here are some useful tips that can help to get the most out of a new workout regime;

Take Baby Steps

The “go hard or go home” approach to exercise isn’t always the best for sustaining momentum as generally speaking, when people go about it too aggressively early in their program, they tend not to stick with it in the long run. Taking small steps can help to build up stamina and encourage the body’s potential with every workout. Taking supplements such as Omega 3 contains numerous health benefits as they contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA & DHA. It is considered an “essential fatty acid” due to its essential role in brain function, inflammation and growth, providing you with a better quality of living and helping to look after the body whilst training.

Mix it Up

Sticking with one workout can become tedious and eventually fail to further improve physique as the body becomes used to the routine. Mix it up by trying a variety of aerobic and strength exercises to stay healthy or improve health. Supplements such as caffeine, acts as a stimulant that targets the heart, muscles and the areas that regulate blood pressure. These capsules can help to increase every-day performance by activating fat stores and encouraging working muscles to convert it to fuel. Bringing a friend or partner along for a workout every once in a while can also help to encourage longer workouts and different exercise regimes.

Fit it Around your Schedule

Health experts recommend that on average people should be aiming for around 150 minutes a week of exercise (up to 30 minutes a day, five times a week). Although the minutes may appear excessive for a person with a hectic lifestyle there are ways to ensure exercise becomes part of your day-to-day routine; such as breaking up the thirty minutes into three ten minute sessions throughout the day with a quick walk, household chores, yoga, riding a bicycle etc. Tracking workouts can also be useful, as using a journal or app makes it easier to schedule short workouts and record progress. Supplements that contain stimulants such as Metabolism Formula capsules help to boost energy levels to help the body burn fat more efficiently and decrease food cravings continuing progress even when busy.

Be Realistic

When starting a new exercise regime it is important to be internally motivated as it makes it easier to stick with realistic goals. Being self-motivated helps to avoid outside negativity and keeps within the body’s limits, allowing it to gradually get healthier. Getting discouraged by something beyond personal limitations only prevents a workout from progressing. Taking Detox Cleanse capsules, which contains Psyllium Husk, helps to support colon cleansing and is a common high fibre laxative. It can help to reduce the volume of injurious organisms that excess the body therefore purifying the cleansing system, helping the body to feel lighter and refreshed.

Supplement Trends for 2016

From fashion to food, every New Year welcomes a selection of new trends and the world of supplements is no exception to this rule. Here’s a guide on what’s set to be hot for 2016 in the supplements industry:

Creatine and Amino Acid chains

Creatine is useful for boosting the intensity of a workout and improving performance so it will definitely be in vogue at the start of the New Year as people head back to the gym to lose their holiday weight. It works by increasing ATP production, which helps to transport energy to the muscles and maximise training. Creatine is especially beneficial during high intensity exercise, such as interval training, spinning and boxing, because it pushes the body to go that little bit further with each workout. Creatine Hybrid Matrix from the XFN range is a blend of 6 types of creatine that make it suitable for a varied training program that combines cardio with weights. Amino BCAA Pro is Creatine’s ideal partner because it helps to create and retain new muscle mass after exercise and speed up recovery.

Protein powders

Protein is vital for creating new muscle and fuelling the body, which is why many bodybuilders eat lots of lean meat, eggs and chicken. Whey protein, that’s mixed into a milkshake, is designed to increase the body’s strength, power, muscle recovery and performance. Protein powders that are made with soy are set to be very popular among vegan and vegetarian consumers in 2016.

Superfoods

If you love superfoods you’ll already be eating plenty of kale, raw cacao powder, goji berries and chia seeds but get ready to add some new superfoods to your grocery list in 2016, such as:

  1. Baobab fruit powder, which is derived from the fruit of an African tree, has excellent probiotic qualities that make it perfect for maintaining a healthy gut.
  2. The bitter Gubinge pear, which is high in Vitamin C, is ideal for adding a kick to cereals and smoothies.
  3. Gluten-free Teff grains that contain more calcium, iron, fibre and protein than wheat.

It’s fantastic if you can adjust your diet with supplements and superfoods to obtain all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. However, it’s also good to top your body up with general A-Z multivitamin’s to fill any nutritional holes that act as a safety net that guarantees that you’re getting everything you need with virtually zero leg work.

 

Could Vitamin C replace the need to exercise?

Taking a daily Vitamin C supplement may be as effective as regular exercise in improving the cardiovascular health of overweight and obese people, according to a recent study.

Scientists at the University of Colorado focused their research on the presence of a small vessel-constricting protein called endothelin (ET)-1, which is known to be more active in the blood vessels of people who are obese or overweight. When the blood vessels constrict or narrow it hampers the body’s ability to respond to changing demands on blood flow, which can lead to heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes and even heart failure. An over-activity of ET-1 therefore increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

A total of 35 sedentary overweight or obese adults took part in the study – 20 participants took a daily Vitamin C supplement and the remaining 15 undertook daily aerobic activity over a three month period.

Researchers compared the results and found that taking a 500mg supplement of Vitamin C each day reduced ET-1 related vessel constrictions just as much as walking did. However, it should be borne in mind that the results apply only to obese or overweight adults and that the study included only a very small sample of participants.

Furthermore the research didn’t look at the benefits of exercise beyond lowering blood pressure, such as reducing cholesterol or strengthening the health of the heart itself. Neither did it show that those participants who regularly took Vitamin C showed any weight loss.

However, the research did highlight that rather than being a replacement for exercise, Vitamin C is a useful alternative for obese and overweight adults who cannot exercise.

 

Seasonal supplements

The cold weather and shorter days of Autumn can put a dampener on our healthy eating plans and exercise routines, leading to weight gain, lethargy and sickness. The good news is that a few simple supplements can help us to stave off those colds, keep our tummies in check and maintain our energy levels through to Christmas and the New Year. Here’s our guide to the best seasonal supplements for Autumn:

For healthier bones and joints

Vitamin D boosts the body’s ability to absorb calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. It’s found in foods like fortified cereals and eggs but most of us get it through summer sunlight – the body synthesises sunlight under the skin to make its own Vitamin D. Too little Vitamin D can lead to bone pain and tenderness around the joints so taking a supplement to top up production is useful when the days are shorter. Glusosamine is also great for joints because it improves the health of the cartilage and supports pressure points like the knees and elbows.

To fight infections

Vitamin C boosts the immune system, fights bacteria and combats viruses, making it useful for recovering from colds that are common at this time of year. It also improves circulation, protects the body from infection and helps wounds to heal faster!

To boost energy levels

Lots of people feel tired and lethargic when the weather gets colder, especially when the alarm rings in the morning and it’s still dark outside. Vitamin B12 is known to increase energy and boost the stamina, which helps to stay focused during the working day. It also helps the body carry more oxygen through the arteries and protects the red blood cells.
L-glutamine supports stamina and recovery too by helping to metabolise body fat and support muscle growth.

For glowing skin, hair and nails

Frosty mornings and cold air can make the skin feel dry, tight and chapped. Omega fish oils soothe and soften the skin by encouraging collagen production and treating dry skin conditions like eczema and rashes. They also support heart function and reduce cholesterol.

Cutting back on alcohol, curbing your comfort eating and exercising more can also help to improve the health of the mind and body over Autumn and Winter. Adapting your lifestyle to suit the changing seasons is essential to staying on track with your fitness goals.

Four Top Tips for Healthy Ageing

A dash of exercise, a dollop of healthy eating and a sprinkling of supplements make the perfect recipe for healthy ageing. Here are a few simple tips to help combat wrinkles, slow the onset of age-related diseases and prevent memory loss:

  1. Exercise the Stress Away

Exercising is a fantastic way to keep the body feeling and looking young. Regular activity that gets the blood pumping releases ‘happy chemicals’, called endorphins, into the body that help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Exercise also keeps the heart healthy, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease.

Lighter types of exercise, such as Pilates and Yoga, are especially kind on the joints, using only body weight to strengthen the core stomach muscles, lengthen the body and encourage a leaner figure. Any form of regular exercise boosts longevity and lowers the risk of contracting diseases like cancer, hypertension and dementia. Gentle walking, swimming and jogging are perfect options for cushioning the body.

Supplements, such as Vitamin D and Garlic are a great addition to exercise, as they reduce hypertension and aid in maintaining a healthy heart.

  1. Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight puts less pressure on the joints, helping to alleviate painful symptoms of arthritis and osteoporosis, which can be triggered by old age. Regular exercise such as walking is perfect for helping with weight management. Supplements such as Metabolism Formula are a handy tool to boost the metabolism, helping to manage weight more effectively.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating a balanced and varied diet will encourage healthy ageing. Fibre is important for maintaining and improving digestive health. Probiotics are the perfect supplement for warding off infections in the digestive system and maintaining a healthy gut.

Diet also plays an important role in skin health. Fish Oils help to keep skin looking soft and smooth, and can be found naturally in oily fish such as mackerel and fresh tuna, but can also be taken as a supplement alongside a balanced diet.

Flaxseed Oil, Soy Beans, Canola Oil, and Omega 3 Fish Oils can also improve memory function and slow the onset of Alzheimer’s.

  1. Antioxidants for Wrinkles and Circulation

Co Enzyme Q10 is a supplement that can be combined into a healthy diet to achieve healthy looking skin. This supplement is a common ingredient in many skin care products, and is a great antioxidant that reduces lines and wrinkles, improves blood circulation and encourages skin repair and regeneration. Plus it helps to neutralise harmful free radicals that trigger ageing, control blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels!

It’s important to invest in the health and wellbeing of the mind and body at an early age – even the smallest of changes to diet and exercise routines can have a positive effect over the years