Health and Wellbeing
Improve Poor Circulation with Mobility Furniture
What is poor circulation?
You might have heard people talking about circulation. Or perhaps your doctor has told you that you need to make efforts to improve your circulation.
But what does ‘circulation’ actually mean?
When people talk about ‘bad’ or ‘poor’ circulation, they are actually referring to the blood that is pumped around your body every time your heart beats.
With each heartbeat, blood is pumped to the lungs where it collects oxygen and becomes ‘oxygenated’. The oxygenated blood travels back to the heart and is then pumped out so it can distribute oxygen to all parts of the body.
If something goes wrong with this process and the flow of blood is reduced or restricted in some way, oxygenated blood is unable to reach all parts of the body. This can lead to serious health problems. However, it is worth remembering that poor circulation isn’t a condition itself; rather, it is the result of other health issues.
What causes poor circulation?
There are a number of causes of poor circulation, including:
One of the most common causes of poor circulation is a bad diet. When the body doesn’t get the right amount of essential minerals, vitamins and other nutrients, blood vessels become fragile, making it difficult for the blood to circulate properly. High cholesterol resulting from an unbalanced diet can also cause plaque to build up in the arteries. This reduces blood volume and impedes circulation.
As everyone knows, smoking is responsible for a huge number of health issues, ranging from the minor to the severe. One effect of smoking is that it thickens the blood and increases the likelihood of blood clots, which in turn restrict blood flow. Smoking also leads to a narrowing of the arteries, which makes it harder for oxygenated blood to circulate to the organs.
Lack of exercise
Regular exercise is an important part of staying healthy. A lack of exercise can lead to multiple health issues, one of which is poor circulation. It won’t happen overnight, but years of inactivity will eventually take its toll on the circulatory system, which requires regular movement to function properly.
Stress and anxiety
No one likes too much stress or anxiety. Unfortunately, feeling stressed and anxious can cause knots in the muscles, especially in the shoulders and neck. These knots can put pressure on your arteries, impairing circulation and restricting blood flow to the major organs.
Diabetes can affect more than your blood sugar. It can even cause poor circulation in certain areas of the body. For instance, it might cause cramping in your legs and pain in your calves, thighs or buttocks.
Excessive weight applies pressure and stress on the tissues, leading to circulation problems. Obesity is often linked with a sedentary lifestyle, which compounds the problems related to blood flow and circulation.