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Circulation and Heart Health

May 27, 2011

We all know the heart is an important muscle, responsible for circulating blood that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the entire body. Since your body needs a constant supply of blood in order to function properly, it is critical to maintain optimal circulation through diet, exercise and supplementation.

symptoms of peripheral artery diseaseWhen your body does not obtain enough vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, then free radicals and bad cholesterol (LDL) in your circulatory systems react to create inflammatory responses. Over time, inflammatory responses can damage your veins, arteries and capillaries, and contributes to the formation of arterial plaque, another major cause of poor blood circulation.

If you’ve ever been stopped in your tracks by leg pain during a walk, experienced excessive coldness in your legs or feet, or had an injury or wound in your lower extremities that seemed to take an unusually long time to heal, then you’ve experienced classic symptoms of peripheral artery disease or PAD, many cases of which go undiagnosed. These signs are often dismissed as natural aches and pains related to aging. However, what often begins as a minor discomfort can develop into a serious, life-threatening condition. Long-term circulation problems are linked to chronic inflammation, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke

For people who suffer from poor circulation, there are various methods for increasing blood flow throughout the body and therefore improving heart health:

  • For immediate relief, massages, warm baths and mild exercise can help.
  • Use healthier oils such as olive oil and coconut oil –they improve circulation by providing the body with healthy fats and antioxidants.
  • Herbs such as garlic and ginger are also known to maintain heart health and improve blood circulation.

So in addition to sustaining heart health, improving blood flow throughout your body can provide you with increased immune function, stronger lungs, and more sustained energy and vitality.