You probably learned in school that the circulatory system pushes blood through the body. It consists of a network of arteries and veins that work with the heart to provide oxygen and other nutrients. To keep that network functioning at its best, here are five tips to improve blood circulation.
1. Quit Smoking
If you smoke, you’re damaging your body. The top cause of poor circulation is the nicotine found in tobacco products. Quitting can be difficult, so it is best to create a plan and consult with a physician about which smoking-cessation option would work best for you.
2. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can be a serious medical problem for several reasons, and poor circulation is one of them. Plasma, which makes up more than half of total blood volume, is about 93 percent water. We recommend that you drink at least eight glasses of water daily, although this can increase depending on your level of physical activity or the weather. Keep in mind that alcohol and caffeine can have a dehydrating effect on your body.
3. Get Plenty of Exercise
When you perform aerobic exercise, you are doing more than burning fat and building muscles. Aerobic exercises, such as running, rowing, cycling and brisk walking, will increase your heart rate and give your circulatory system a boost. With at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise daily, you can improve your body’s ability to move blood.
4. Take a warm bath
For temporary improvement of your circulation, taking a warm bath will cause your arteries and veins to expand, which gives more space for blood to flow. A similar effect can come from drinking hot tea or hot water.
5. Reduce your stress
It may be hard, but cutting back on the stresses in your life will lower your blood pressure and improve your circulation. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, take time off from work occasionally and avoid unhealthy foods. Finding a low-impact hobby can help you to counterbalance the stress that exists elsewhere in your life.
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