Healthy Circulation — Healthy Heart
According to a recent survey conducted by Cogent Research for the International Food Safety Council (IFIC), heart health is still the #1 health concern for Americans. Most of us are aware of the foods that support our healthy heart such as omega-3 rich fish and grains. Specially formulated supplements can also support your healthy heart.
Healthy circulation is key to a healthy heart and to overall health. The circulatory system is made up of two main fluids: blood and lymph fluid. Lymph is a fluid that travels through the body along specific channels. It collects in lymph nodes throughout the body and is packed with immune cells. Both healthy lymph and blood circulation are vital for good health.
Here are a few ways you can support healthy blood and lymph fluid flow:
• Rebounding: Small trampolines are inexpensive and a relatively low impact form of exercise. Rebounding for 20-30 minutes a day helps stimulate lymph flow through the G-forces exerted on your body in motion. Amp up your rebounding to break a sweat and support healthy blood circulation. If you have trouble with balance, try a stabilizing bar available to attach to the trampoline.
• Massage: Aaahhh, yet another reason to book a massage — improved circulation! Try a shiatsu or deep tissue massage as these modalities help move lymph around the body and stimulate improved circulation. Drink plenty of water afterward as the body works to release stored toxins.
• Yoga: You don’t have to dive into a rigorous yoga class and make like a pretzel, either. Even the simplest yoga poses were created to benefit the circulatory system. The breath is very important in yoga, and concentrated breathing means increased oxygen to the blood and healthy circulation. Some more relaxing yoga practices include Hatha and Yin Yoga. Or, if you’d like to ramp it up a little, try Kundalini or Ashtanga Yoga — you won’t believe how great you feel!