Blood circulation has a massive impact on many aspects of your life, to the point that it can even affect your quality of life!
In fact, it’s one of the most important functions of your body.
Let’s take a look at some of the main benefits of good circulation:
- It promotes cell growth and organ function.
- Skin is healthier and better able to ward off bacteria and infection.
- It lowers heart rate.
- It reduces blood pressure.
- It improves brain function.
- You’ll look and feel better.
- It has a positive effect on heart, muscles, arteries, and vital organs.
- It generates better blood flow to extremities, which is important for those who have conditions such as diabetes or erectile dysfunction.
Here are a few tips to get your blood flowing in a healthier manner:
- Get some exercise every day. Even if it’s just for a short duration to start with, you’ll soon start to see the results. In time you can work up to a longer session.
- Take a look at your diet. There seems to be no end to the ways in which your diet affects your health! Make sure you’re getting enough fiber, watch your sodium intake, and don’t neglect those fruits and veggies.
- Drink enough water. The recommended amount is 5 to 6 glasses. Not only will it improve your circulation, but it will provide other health benefits, as well.
- Try to destress. Make taking care of yourself a priority. Sometimes you have to take some time for yourself in order to stay healthy enough to care for everyone else!
- Consider hot-cold showers. Yes, you read that right! Read on to find out the incredible benefits that result from giving this practice a try.
Showering for health
Did that last one catch you by surprise?
The importance of good circulations can’t be overstated and hot-cold showers work wonders in that department!
Hot-cold showers provide the most benefit when they’re utilized at regular intervals. A good timeframe to shoot for is about once a week.
How does it work?
The heat causes blood to flow away from your core and rush to your extremities.
The cold does just the opposite, keeping your organs warm.
Moving quickly from hot to cold forces your blood to flow out, then rapidly flow back in.
To get the maximum benefit, follow these directions:
- Start with your usual warm shower.
- Do your cleaning business.
- Turn the heat up for 30 seconds and let the hot water wash over you.
- Then turn the hot water down to make it cool enough to feel slightly uncomfortable. Let the water wash over you for 30 seconds.
- Scream, laugh, yell, “I curse you, Dr. Jamé!” Whatever gets you through it.
- Those willing can go back to hot for 30 seconds.
- Then back to cold for 30 seconds.
- Get out of the shower.
- Take a second to note how you feel.
There are some other benefits associated with hot-cold showers other than the fantastic circulatory benefits. These include:
- Cleansing the lymphatic system. Ridding your body of toxins is important for your overall health.
- Having positive effects on mood. Cold water causes a rush of endorphins, the feel-good hormone, while the hot water has a calming effect.
- Getting moving in the morning. The burst of cold water at the end of your hot-cold shower can invigorate the senses, making you feel alert and awake.
- Improving complexion. The improved circulation has a big effect on the brightness and health of the skin, from head to toe.
- Soothe aches after a workout. Much like the effect on mood, endorphins are released with cold water and the warmer water soothes aching joints and muscles.
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