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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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