The importance of good blood circulation
The secret of good health
Did you know that the secret to good health is good blood circulation?
We have about 5 litres of blood circulating in our body (based on the average adult). Actually, about 1,5 percent of your body weight is blood. Our blood works on our homeostasis.
From the Greek words for ‘same’ and ‘steady’, homeostasis refers to our actively maintain stable conditions. When we have perfect homeostasis we are healthy. Our levels are in balance, such as temperature, salt, water, sugar, protein, fat, oxygen and calcium. If the homeostasis is not in balance, ailments can occur.
So how does it work?
Blood consists of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Blood has many different functions.
Oxygen and nutrients
Red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the lungs and tissues. So when you have a poor blood circulation the oxygen and nutrients cannot arrive at all the organs, so illnesses can occur.
The white blood cells carry antibodies that fight against infection. Blood also brings waste products to the kidneys and the liver that filter and clean blood. So when you improve your blood circulation you improve your immune system.
Platelets help to form blood clots to prevent excess blood loss, for example when you have an injury.
No cold feet
And blood also regulates our body temperature. So when you have a good blood circulation you will not suffer anymore from cold feet or cold hands.
Poor blood circulation risks
Poor blood circulation can be the cause behind always cold hands or feet, or tingling feet and hands, fatigue or oedema. If you have poor blood circulation, your blood is not getting where it needs to be. Your organs cannot work properly because they don’t receive the blood needed. There are many serious ailments that can occur from poor blood circulation.
What to do?
Recommendations for a healthy blood circulation are healthy food, moving (not sitting more than 8 hours a day in a chair), exercise and massage. Many people don’t know that massage has the same effects as exercise.
When you receive an acupressure and yoga massage, your blood circulation improves by the acupressure and also by the stretches you receive.
Create a healthy and happy day!
Nicole (& Manel)
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