Blood circulation is directly connected to what is responsible for keeping us alive: the functioning of the heart and lungs. It consists of two kinds of circulation: pulmonary and systemic. The pulmonary blood circulation is responsible for bringing oxygen-absent blood from the heart to the lungs and taking oxygen-rich blood back to the heart. The systemic blood circulation takes up from here by transporting the oxygenated blood from the heart, received in turn from the lungs, to other parts of the body which require oxygen and bring back oxygen-poor blood to the heart for re-oxygenation.
Reasons for poor blood circulation
Blood circulation depends on the arteries which transport it from the heart to the other parts of the body and veins which transport it between the heart and lungs. High cholesterol or obesity are two of the most common causes of poor blood circulation as they clog the arteries and the veins with fatty element deposition which narrows down the blood stream, resulting in lower oxygen reception by the rest of the body. Hypertension can also lead to poor blood circulation by thinning out the arteries and veins.
How can you improve blood circulation naturally?
The best way to improve blood circulation is by eating right and exercising regularly. If you already suffer from poor blood circulation you must raise your intake of Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Cholin and Inositol. Avocados, unrefined oils and nuts are rich in Vitamin E. they help dilute any clots that may have formed which obstruct the blood flow and Vitamin E helps the body to reduce its need for oxygen excessively.
Watermelon is a fruit rich in lycopene which prevents the formation of plaque, which in turn obstructs blood flow. Therefore, eating this fruit in abundance during its season is a good idea.
Cut down on alcohol as this dehydrates the body and hinders blood circulation considerably. Nicotine from smoking has the same effect on blood flow and should be avoided in order to retain the flexibility of the walls of one’s lungs, which affect oxygenation activities.