Help out your heart with five ways to boost circulation

At the beginning of February, we decided to make this our ‘heart month’ – and not just because of Valentine’s Day.

Did you know that your heart beats around 100,000 times every 24 hours? It’s important to consider how to keep this hard-working muscle healthy.

Fortunately, a lot of common heart issues are highly preventable. The NHS has a good list of methods to maintain your heart.

However, the heart is just the most obvious part of the cardiovascular system. The heart pumps blood, but it’s the blood vessels – arteries, veins and capillaries – that carry it around your body, delivering nutrients and oxygen where they are most needed.

When blood vessels become less elastic – perhaps through ageing combined with a lack of physical activity – the heart must work harder for every one of those 100,000 beats.

Here are five ways you can maintain circulation to address this:

  1. Stretch. This increases the flow of blood to your tissues and organs, and is particularly important if you have a sedentary lifestyle, for example from working in an office. Getting up for a stretch and stroll pays dividends.
  2. Exercise. We all know it’s good for our health – even a few minutes of extra walking every day can make an enormous difference.
  3. Relax! When you’re stressed, your blood vessels constrict, reducing circulation. A hot bath, lunch with a friend or a yoga session – whatever your chosen method, it’s important to put time aside for relaxation.
  4. Swap out salt. Too much salt in the diet is connected to elevated blood pressure and heart disease, while herbs and spices like mint, coriander and cayenne pepper can give your dishes just as much flavour.
  5. Get enough of the good stuff. A number of foods are known to boost blood flow, including garlic, ginger and dark chocolate. The right supplement can help too!

So heart health should be thought of as one half of the equation – you can help your heart out by promoting healthy circulation.

6 thoughts on “Help out your heart with five ways to boost circulation”

  • Peter Gray

    Labels not adequate each foil sheet should bear the name of its contents.Seriosly considering not placing new orders if this problem continues.Very confusing .
    Regards Peter Gray

    • Nadia Saif

      Hello Peter

      We're planning on doing this for future orders; I will make sure your feedback gets passed on so product development know how important it is for the names of products to be on the foils for our customers. Thank you for your valuable feedback.

      The FutureYou Team

  • John Offord

    I am puzzled by the blanket advice to down on salt because it increases blood pressure. Why blanket, why not only if your blood pressure is high? My brother has low blood pressure. Would this blanket advice apply to him? My wife's GP thought she might be iron deficient and did a blood test to find out. My wife was not iron deficient so was given no remedial medication. Why is salt given a different approach, i.e. advice to cut down if there is a problem?

    • Nadia Saif

      Hi John

      You raise an interesting point, we suppose the NHS recommends that we don't ingest too much salt because of the impact a regular high intake of salt can have on our bodies. Here's an interesting article on salt intake in mice and men we enjoyed reading.

      The FutureYou Team

  • Alfred Loveland

    Thank you, I do find lots of what you say very interesting and do some of them regards from Alfred

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