The Importance Of Good Circulation
Good circulation is one of the most important functions of your body. Many believe good circulation is the fountain of good health, especially optimal vitality. Circulation is the movement of blood, nutrients and oxygen around your body. Heart and blood vessels function to produce circulation or the movement of fluid through your body. Most of us know this, but do we know the importance of good circulation? As many of us are sitting or standing at our desks all day working, the importance of good circulation may be something we all need to understand a bit more about.
What Causes Poor Circulation?
Lack of movement and sitting all day at our desks, will, of course, cause poor circulation. Smoking, overeating, poor nutrition, stress and lack of exercise will also cause poor circulation. Poor circulation may also be caused by an underlying health condition such as diabetes, arterial issues, obesity, heart conditions, blood clots, varicose veins, Raynaud’s disease and peripheral artery disease.
Signs You Need To Improve Your Circulation
Muscle cramps are often the most common symptom of poor circulation. Other signs that you may need to improve your circulation include; cellulite, poor skin health, pain, tingling and stinging feeling in the extremities of your body.
Health Conditions & Poor Circulation
Without alarming anyone, poor circulation will simply make you feel flat and unenergised. However, if you are not working on improving your circulation daily then health conditions may start to develop. Studies are showing that several health conditions including heart failure may be caused by poor circulation.
How To Improve Your Circulation
- Enjoy an AjnaMat to sit on at work.
- Alternate your work desk between sitting and standing throughout your day.
- Invest in a laptop holder for your treadmill to encourage you to walk on the treadmill will checking messages or other simple tasks.
- Wear a Fitbit to motivate you to walk 10,000 steps every day.
- Get up from your desk and move every 20 minutes.
- Improve your diet by eating more food which contains nutrients which may help improve circulation.
- Workout with a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic exercise at least three times a week.
- Practise hip opening and other yoga poses to improve your circulation daily.
- Mediate or practice any relaxation exercise you enjoy to relieve stress.
- Try dry brushing regularly, starting at your extremities and working your way towards your heart
How An AjnaMat Help Improve Your Circulation
An Ajnamat has over 5000 specially designed spikes that unblock’s stagnant energy pathways. One of the many benefits of enjoying an Ajnamat is that it increases blood circulation. As blood flow to the treated area increases, you should notice a warming sensation, and more color in the skin.
Try using the AjnaMat to sit on at your desk, to lie on and relax after work, meditate on, and to practise yoga on.
Foods To Improve Your Circulation
Foods high in magnesium, omega 3 fish oil, calcium, vitamin B complex, C and E may help improve your circulation and help prevent heart disease. Foods containing high amounts of vitamin C include; red and green peppers, oranges, kale, guava, kiwi fruit, broccoli, grapefruit and strawberries. Foods containing high amounts of vitamin E include; almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, spinach, avocado, pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and mangoes.
An amino acid called arginine may also help improve your blood flow in the arteries of the heart, improve clogged arteries, chest pain and coronary artery disease. Foods which contain high amounts of arginine include; nuts, seeds, fish, poultry, red meat, grains, dairy products and wheat germ. Herbs which may also help improve your blood flow include; ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper.
Increasing your vegetable intake is directly associated with improved health and as a great tool for preventative medicine particularly atherosclerosis in older women. Other foods which deserve a special mention for improving your circulation include:
If want to get started on improving your circulation today you might be interested in checking out an AJNAMAT to enjoy sitting on at your desk.