I love how every system in the body has an incredibly important ( and specific ) job, how it depends on other systems to function optimally, and how all the systems interact together to make us healthy.
The digestive system allows for nutrients to be absorbed into the body and the circulatory system delivers these nutrients to where they need to go.
That would mean the circulatory system is made up of the blood ( has all the nutrients), heart ( pushes the blood around the body), and the blood vessels ( tubes that carry the blood). With optimizing this system, and as it is with all systems, eating a whole foods diet ( i.e. not many processed food), exercising, and just enjoying life, makes for a healthy being. When the circulation is not functioning well, so many things can begin occurring.
Causes of poor circulation:
- being sedentary
- poor nutrition
- free radical damage ( smoking, environmental toxins)
Symptoms of poor circulation:
- low energy
- shortness of breath
- sluggish memory
- muscle cramping in legs
What can happen with poor circulation:
- high blood pressure
Things to do to increase circulation:
- MOVE: at least 30 minutes a day – take a brisk walk ( maybe walk your kids to school if possible) or make it a family after dinner routine.
- COLORFUL WHOLE FOODS: eat a colorful plate. It really does matter.
- HYDROTHERAPY: Alternating hot and cold ( end a hot shower with cold water) can really help stimulate the blood flow to move optimally.
PS: Human Body Detectives: A Heart Pumping Adventure, is an imaginative adventure through the circulatory systems and will be making its debut very soon!
Image credit: David Muir
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