How to Improve Your Circulation the Natural Way19/05/2016
If you’re looking to improve your circulation and increase your body’s blood flow, there are a number of natural steps that you can take that don’t involve any medication.
Reasons for Improving Your Circulation
Your circulatory system is responsible for transporting amino acids and electrolytes around the body. It’s also the system responsible for delivering oxygen and collecting carbon dioxide. Blood cells need to reach the furthest extremities of your body and return to your heart as soon as possible. Sometimes this is an uphill battle as blood needs to flow from as far away as the tips of your toes to your chest. High blood pressure and poor circulation can make this difficult and can result in pain and swelling in the short term and can contribute to more serious health issues later in life.
Foods to Enjoy
Prevention is often the best cure when it comes to keeping a happy heart — so keep yourself in good health with the help of some super foods.
Avocados contain omega 3 fatty acids which can support your circulatory system. Another source of omega 3 is oily fish such as salmon.
Fruit rich in vitamin C, such as oranges and limes have some blood thinning properties and can help protect blood vessel walls from developing plaque build-ups that can block the flow of blood in blood vessels.
Ginger contains antioxidant properties and can prevent molecules called free radicals from causing damage to cells in the body. It’s believed that the chemical compounds in ginger can also lower the cholesterol level in blood, thus making blood flow easier. Ginger can be enjoyed as an ingredient in cooking or in tea.
Dillisk, a red seaweed that is found in Irish waters, can inhibit the processes that cause high blood pressure in the body. The iron content of dillisk also helps blood cells carry oxygen around your system. It also contains magnesium, a nutrient that can keep the ventricles in the heart in good shape.
The Irish Heart Foundation is a helpful resource for those looking for recipes that focus on maintaining healthy hearts.
Exercises to Try
By exercising regularly, you can make your heart stronger. In turn, a strong heart can pump blood around your body much more easily. Try and aim for 180 minutes of ‘aerobic activity’ each week. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you have to start doing super intense workout classes to dance music, it simply means doing any activity that gets your heart going and keeps oxygenated blood flowing to your muscles.
It’s a good idea to try and spread your exercise across 3-5 days in a week as opposed to doing it all in a lump. This way your heart will gradually strengthen over time.
Ideal aerobic activities include:
The more frequent you exercise the better the effects on your heart, so if you are struggling to fit exercise into your work week you can incorporate walking into your daily commute or your lunch hour.
Treatments that Improve Your Circulation
You might already enjoy trips to the spa to relax or rejuvenate your mind and body, but did you know that some treatments can improve your circulation?
VOYA Organic Ocean Essence Body Wrap
By combining detoxifying Fucus Serratus and cellulite reducing Laminaria Digitata seaweeds, this Ocean Essence dual active wrap, rejuvenates your skin, improves your skin tone and stimulates your blood and lymph flow. This is one of the most popular VOYA Spa Treatments.
The body is exfoliated from top to bottom with VOYA’s Organic Exfoliating Body Brush. The brush works to eliminate dead skin cells and stimulate the blood flow to leave skin looking and feeling invigorated and revitalised.
A warm seaweed body mask is applied to the body before you are cocooned in a comforting muslin sheet, whilst being treated to a stimulating pressure point scalp massage.
A layer of Softly Does it, a blend of wild seaweed extracts and organic essential oils is applied to provide a long lasting smoothing and moisturising effect and helps against cellulite and muscle fatigue.
VOYA Seaweed Bath
VOYA seaweed contains lots of the minerals and nutrients that are found in some of the heart healthy food mentioned above. Research indicates that there is a measurable uptake of these minerals by the skin during a seaweed bath session.
“Global Wellness Day has a natural fit with VOYA; both promoting a healthy balanced and contented lifestyle. We are encouraging our spa partners to take part in and host Global Wellness Day activities to boost awareness around this significant idea” -Kira Walton, VOYA co-founder and Global Wellness Day ambassador.