First of all we should explain how circulation and blood flow work. The blood circulatory system, also known as the cardiovascular system, consists of the heart and all the blood vessels that run throughout the entire body. Arteries carry blood away from the heart, while the veins transport it back. There are two additional circulatory systems that make up the cardiovascular system: the systemic and pulmonary systems. Systemic circulation is what transports oxygen and nutrient-rich blood through our arteries to our organs, tissues (that includes our muscles) and cells. Read more below…
When it releases those vital substances, it takes on carbon dioxide and other waste substances (like lactic acid). Now low in oxygen, the blood is collected by the veins and transported back to the heart. Pulmonary circulation occurs when we breathe in fresh oxygen and in enters the blood stream, while carbon dioxide is simultaneously released from the blood.The heart acts as a pump, transporting oxygenated blood to our organs, then carrying de-oxygenated blood from our organs back to the lungs to get oxygenated again. This is how blood circulation should work in the body. The circulatory system is vital for everyone’s health.
Poor circulation occurs when the blood doesn’t flow freely through the body due to a blockage in the arteries. This means that your organs (including the heart and the brain) aren’t receiving all the nutrients they need in order to function properly. In addition, your extremities, i.e. your legs, feet, hands and arms, won’t be receiving enough blood either. This can lead to many problems, some of which are very serious. These include:
Poor blood circulation is often a result of lifestyle habits. Smoking, lack of exercise and poor diet (typified by high sugar, trans fats and alcohol intake) all contribute to different conditions that affect blood flow. For example, arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is a side effect of diabetes and is brought on by smoking, excess weight and lack of physical exercise. This condition comes about when fatty acids such as cholesterol build up in the blood stream and form hard plaques in the arterial walls. This narrows the arteries and restricts blood flow. In addition, prolonged sitting can lead to poor blood flow in the body. When your muscles aren’t moving, your circulation slows. This means that you’ll be using less glucose (blood sugar that the body uses for energy) and burning less fat. Slow blood flow allows fatty acids to clog the heart, which causes high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. It can also cause blood and other fluids to pool in the legs, which can lead to varicose veins and the formation of dangerous blood clots called deep vein thrombosis. It is said that people with sedentary lifestyles are twice as likely to develop a cardiovascular disease as those who are more active, however not everyone is able to be active, or have the time to be active. Poor blood flow affects many people who sit at a desk, or in front of a PC for long periods of time.
Diabetes can cause poor blood circulation throughout your body, but specifically in your legs and feet. Getting adequate exercise will help improve blood flow to your extremities and help reduce the risk for diabetic health complications. Wearing Revs Reflexology Massage Shoes and Insoles regularly or receiving reflexology treatments are also effective natural therapies to increase blood flow.