6 Tips for Maintaining Optimal Blood Circulation - What to avoid, supplements to use and exercises to do.
In our last article about blood circulation, we spoke about how the circulation system was analogous to plumbing: so many different points where it can go wrong that maintaining a well functioning circulation system was vital, otherwise, messy things happen!
Maintaining a healthy circulation system can mean the difference in:
- Improving your vision
- Improving your exercise tolerance
- Improving your endurance during a workout
- Improving your energy and well-being
- Improving your libido
Right doc, I got the point So how do I improve my blood circulation then?
Glad you asked.
Here are some of our top tips for keeping a healthy circulation system.
1. 30-ish minutes of daily exercise - make it a priority
There’s a reason why they call it cardio! And what’s good for your heart is good for your blood circulation too.
Exercise -- even at levels that won’t leave you drenched in sweat -- has been shown to be awesome for maintaining healthy blood circulation. Not to mention, it also keeps your body trim too!
Consistency beats vigor, so do something you enjoy. If you aren’t the type of person who will stick to a regular gym routine, go on a walk or ride your bike instead.
Build it into your routine, so it’s not a hassle.
2. Drink tea
Whether it’s green, white or black tea -- tea is packed with antioxidants that provide numerous health benefits.
And a better blood circulation is one of them.
That’s because tea contains flavonoids, polyphenols and catechins that assist in flow-mediated dilation of the arteries.
In plain english, that means it makes your arteries dilate to allow more blood to flow through.
3. Drink in moderation only
You’ve probably heard conflicting information about alcohol: some say it’s bad for you, while latest expert advice says that a glass a day can actually be good for you.
Truth is, neither are wrong here.
What we know is this: in small amounts, alcohol can maintain healthy blood circulation. But that protective effect is lost if you drink too much.
So how much is too much then? Well that depends on your age and gender, but a good rule of thumb is:
A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away.
(I totally made that up. But you get the idea!)
4. Elevate your legs
Your veins are responsible for draining blood from your limbs back to your heart.
But sometimes your veins struggle to do so, especially if it has to act against gravity like in your legs.
By elevating your legs above the level of your heart, you can take the pressure off your veins and improve vein drainage and overall blood circulation.
It also helps to improve swelling in your legs too.
5. Indulge yourself with a relaxing massage
Massages are great for relieving stress, but if done properly, they can improve your blood circulation too.
That’s because massage can stimulate blood flow to your limbs and muscles and make them feel energized and well-nourished again.
It’s great at promoting relaxation too.
So don’t feel guilty in indulging in a massage session or two a week.
6. Try OptiVasc™ - our blood circulation formula
There are dozens of foods and herbal ingredients that are suppose to be beneficial to your blood circulation. Some are effective, some not so much.
We’ve taken all the guesswork out of the equation for you by combining all the ingredients we feel have the best scientific research to back up their claims. Our blood circulation supplement includes the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Beetroot extract
- Garlic extract
- Gotu kola
- Cocoa bean extract
- Coenzyme Q10
If OptiVasc™ isn't right for you then you can also check out our GPLC supplement. GPLC is short for Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine, which is noted for promoting blood circulation and blood nitric oxide.