People say that the biggest wealth on earth is to have a good health. I totally agree with it as we all know that "Health is Wealth". For a good health we need to have proper blood circulation through our body. Our heart plays the most important role in blood circulation. An adult human heart is divided into two parts, right part consists of right atrium and right ventricle. Similarly, left part consists of left atrium and left ventricle. The heart and blood vessels work together to maintain the flow of blood in our body.


Blood Circulation System

Blood circulation system consists of two sections, systemic circulation and pulmonary circulation. The systemic circulation constitutes blood supply to the entire body except the lungs. In this process arteries carry oxygenated blood from heart to the other parts of body and the veins bring deoxygenated blood back to the heart. The pulmonary circulation carries blood to and from the lungs, where its supply of oxygen is replenished. Here, pulmonary arteries carry deoxygenated blood from heart to the lungs and the pulmonary veins carry oxygenated blood back to the heart. Organisms having lungs follow a double circulating system of blood flow in their body, that is, systemic and pulmonary circulation.


Causes and Effects of Blood Circulation Problems

Inadequate supply of blood or improper functioning of the blood vessels can cause poor circulation of blood in the body. Some disorders of the arteries and veins like abnormal narrowing, abnormal widening and thinning of the walls can reduce the flow of blood, causing tissue damage, thereby increasing the chances of rupture.


Other factors that can lead to poor blood circulation are smoking, improper diet, obesity, excessive intake of alcohol and lack of physical exercise. Symptoms of unhealthy blood circulation in the body can be chest pain, leg pain, headache, feeling faint, dizziness and dementia.


Overweight or obese people are more prone to poor blood circulation problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, diabetes and peripheral artery disease. These disorders are due to long-term accumulation of cholesterol or fatty substances in the blood vessels that may narrow the path of the vessels which in turn disrupts the blood flow. When the blood vessels are blocked due to increase in pressure, a person can suffer from stroke, which can further lead to paralysis, impaired speech, or even death. Difficulty in breathing, fatigue, hair loss, low libido and impotency are some other side-effects. Unhealthy blood flow can also lead to peripheral vascular disease, which is caused due to narrowing of the vessels that carry blood to the other parts of the body. It causes cold feet, cramps, aching feet and swollen feet.


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Remedies for Blood Circulation Problems

Healthy blood circulation can be achieved by following balanced diet consisting of all the necessary nutrients. Vitamin E plays a vital role in improving the blood flow, as it reduces the body's need for oxygen, dilutes clots and aids in the formation of blood vessels that go around the clot. Unrefined oil and nuts, especially avocados are rich in Vitamin E. Intake of Cholin, Vitamin B6 and Inositol helps in reducing the cholesterol level in blood and strengthens the blood vessels. Longs walks and regular exercise will increase body metabolic rate and will help in reducing cholesterol level in the body.


Intake of different herbs can also improve blood circulation in the body. Cayenne Pepper, Hawthorne berries and Rosemary controls blood pressure and strengthens the blood vessels and capillaries. Garlic and onions are also beneficial in reducing the cholesterol level and regulating the blood pressure. Systemic enzymes help in increasing blood circulation, as it minimizes the reasons that lead to blood thickness. Vitalzym is the most commonly used plant-based systemic enzyme.


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