Did you know that blood circulation is a system? Blood is pumped by your heart, a muscle, around the body in a circular fashion. Blood is vital to building and regulating healthy cells which build tissues, organs, muscles, tendons and nerves etc. Blood needs to reach every part of the body from the tips of your toes to the top of your head because it carries vital nutrients and trace elements as well as things like electrolytes which we need for energy, amino acids which help with building the cells, oxygen, hormones and certain blood cells to our cells. Just as important, it helps to detoxify the body too, by carrying waste products such as carbon dioxide out of the body. Like any muscle, the heart needs to be exerted and exercised to remain healthy and to maintain steady blood pressure so that circulation can be achieved optimally.
Many physical discomforts and impairments are directly related to diminished blood circulation. This is because healthy circulation is the cornerstone of health! Without good blood flow, you simply cannot be at your best. Consider Cellnutrition Health Bundle which includes a bottle of Omegabiocell3,6,9, a box of Cellnutrition Quinton Hypertonic and a box of Cellnutrition Quinton Isotonic for superlative blood circulation and cellular fitness.
If you’re unsure whether you have healthy circulation or not here are a few simple things to monitor that may affect your blood flow:
- Blood Pressure: Your heart pushes blood out via its arteries in beats at a force. The pressure of the blood against the artery walls during the beat is called Systolic (the higher number) and the blood that it pushes out while resting is called Diastolic (the lower number). Your heart is not an organ. It is a muscle and needs to be regularly and moderately exercised to keep your Blood Pressure in the healthy zone: 120/80 to 90/60 is considered the normal range. Check it regularly.
- Cholesterol Levels: Cholesterol is a waxy like substance needed by the body to produce certain enzymes, hormones and Vitamin D. There are two major kinds. Having too much of one through poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise causes cholesterol to build-up in your arteries and veins, making them thinner which means that less blood is able to move through them, restricting blood flow. Cholesterol levels are easily checked by qualified Doctors and healthcare practitioners who might suggest the use of a medication called Statins. However, this medication reduces both the good and the bad cholesterols which the body needs. When we do decide to exert the heart, our blood pressure increases to carry more things like nutrients and oxygen to our muscles. Due to an increase of blood pressure against the artery walls, a piece of cholesterol may dislodge and get caught in places such as the heart or the brain causing either a heart attack or a stroke. These are because blood and therefore essential oxygen cannot reach the required areas. The best way to avoid this is to lead a healthy lifestyle and supplement correctly with products including plant based Omega3,6,9. When having cholesterol levels checked you will be presented with a simple number. The rule of thumb is that 5 or below is healthy and anything above that requires healthier lifestyle choices.
- Glucose Levels: Your body, including your blood needs glucose in the correct ratios. Glucose is a form of carbohydrates and these break down to saccharides or sugars which are then converted by the body into energy. The hormone Insulin is required to manage this efficiently. Diabetes affects the metabolic process or the rate at which sugars are used or stored. But through the improper management and production of Insulin through a disease such as Diabetes, this might lead to having too little or too much glucose in the blood which in turn affects circulation, especially in the feet and legs. Blood sugar levels are easily tested and can even be done with over the counter test kits. Anything between the ranges of 4 to 6 are considered healthy and normal. Anything above or below should be investigated.
- Oxygen Levels: Issues with the lungs such as those caused by smoking or carbon dioxide poisoning can result in the lungs not properly absorbing necessary amounts of oxygen into the bloodstream. Oxygen is vital to metabolism. If oxygen is lacking, so too will blood flow. Measuring blood oxygen levels is a simple procedure generally, where a device called a pulse oximeter is attached to your finger. It can also be measured by taking a small sample of blood from an artery. Generally, any reading under 60 suggests that the body is not receiving enough oxygen.
- Heavy Metals: Although our bodies require trace elements of certain heavy metals such as zinc, copper, iron and manganese for example, too much of any of them or an imbalance may throw your circulation out of synch by clogging up cellular membranes and the cleansing organs which means that blood flows more sluggishly. If a Doctor suspects heavy metal poisoning, a simple blood test known as a heavy metals panel or heavy metal toxicity test. Will be conducted. Cellnutrition Quinton contains 78 minerals and trace elements, creating equilibrium in the body of these essential micronutrients and preventing the risk of an imbalance.
- Hormone Levels: When certain hormones are elevated the blood vessels your body constricts. Even an imbalance in certain reproductive hormones have recently been shown to affect blood flow in certain muscle groups. The hormone Renin, which is produced by the Adrenal Glands which sit on top of your kidneys, along with two other hormones controls the width of the arteries and therefore blood pressure and circulation. When we are stressed, we tend to produce more of this hormone along with Adrenaline which tends to restrict the width of the Arteries resulting in poorer circulation.
- Body Fat Percentage: Your ideal total body fat percentage varies but generally it should less than 25% for males and less than 31% for females. Anymore and you might be considered overweight or obese. In fact, most top athletes have around 10%. We all need a little fat to be healthy. Too much and we start to downward spiral with the poor circulation meaning that the calories and nutrients that we do eat don’t reach the cells effectively.
Cellnutrition takes a slow-cook approach to health and especially healthy circulation. We recommend moderation and balance of both the good and the not so good stuff. It’s important to ensure that you eat a balanced diet and exercise moderately for proper circulation in the long term. More importantly, it’s vital to build better and more resilient cells by providing them with a cellular fitness solution. Try our health bundle to keep your circulation in tip top shape.