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.

Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers

High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and dementia. However, it’s very common for hypertension to show no symptoms at all, which is why it’s described as ‘the silent killer’.

The only way to know if your blood pressure is in the normal range is to get a blood pressure test and this week is the ideal time to start because the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing event, Know Your Numbers!, is running across the UK. The charity event offers everyone the chance to get a free check at Pressure Stations at GP surgeries, gyms, leisure centres, malls and hospitals. This check will record one measurement for when your blood pressure is at its highest (known as systolic pressure) and one measurement for when it’s at its lowest (diastolic pressure). Together these two figures create your blood pressure reading.

A young healthy adult should have a blood pressure of around 120/80. If your reading shows 140/90 or higher it is likely you have hypertension and need to make some changes to your diet and lifestyle to help lower this. Taking 30 minutes of exercise five times a week, losing weight, reducing alcohol intake and eating less saturated fat and salt can all help to naturally lower your blood pressure. It can also be useful to reduce your stress levels as too much worry and anxiety can lead to physical ailments like chest pain, an irregular heart beat and rise in blood pressure.

A supplement such as Co-Enzyme Q10, which curbs cholesterol and supports cardiovascular function, can help to reduce blood pressure and fight against the oxidation process. Omega 3 Fish Oils, found in mackerel and fresh tuna, and essential fatty acids, found in Flaxseed Oil, are also ideal for stabilising the body’s cholesterol levels and in turn lowering the blood pressure.

If your reading shows 90/60 or lower you have low blood pressure, or hypotension. Hypotension can result in dizziness and fainting, and although it can be a sign of an underlying health condition, it is more likely the result of being active and healthy. A low blood pressure reading may also be the result of other factors such as; the time of day it was checked, whether or not you have just eaten, the temperature at the time and even how relaxed the body was during the check.

The bottom line is that it’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly so that you can detect any problems early on and make the relevant changes to your lifestyle. Why not visit a Pressure Station today and make sure you’re blood pressure is in the healthy range? It won’t cost you a penny but it might save your life.