When you’re young, you really don’t give much thought about your health simply because you’re healthy! You don’t think about “consequences” or the “future”. Because of the right hormones, you feel unstoppable.
Unfortunately, the “damage” you do your to your body when you’re young, eventually shows up later on in life and sometimes it can be too late to “fix” or reverse.
For example, young people are generally unaware that poor blood flow and circulation can be very dangerous to your health because the symptoms aren’t obvious while they’re young.
Later when they’re older and they regularly see and feel the negative systems, they’ll do anything and everything to fix it. Thus, an ounce of prevention really does go a long way.
So today I’m going to quickly discuss 3, little-known causes of poor blood flow and circulation.
1 – Binge Drinking
Studies have shown that drinking a glass of alcohol (distilled spirits, wine, or beer) a day can help the heart function better. It also helps maintain balance and the right proportions of fat in the blood and helps lower your chances of developing blood clots and blocked arteries.
However, science also reveals that more than two drinks of alcohol a day can harm the heart. How?…
Large amounts of alcohol can affect how the heart works. If the heart isn’t pumping blood throughout your body effectively, other organs may suffer from lack of oxygen or nutrients.
If the person drinking has clogged blood vessels, the heart has to work even harder.
Studies1 on middle-aged and older people resulted in linking binge drinking to a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases like stroke, sudden cardiac death, and heart attack.
Binge drinking may also lead to hardening of your arteries, which further increases your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Obviously, binge drinking should be avoided in order to have a healthy blood circulation.
Typically, binge drinking happens in groups. So try to limit the time you spend with your friends who tend to be binge drinkers.
2 – Sitting For Too Long, Especially With Bad Posture
While a brief period of sitting here and there is natural, long periods of sitting day-in and day-out can seriously impact your health and shorten your life.
Excessive sitting is bad for your back and is one of the causes of poor circulation.
Unfortunately, most of us are sitting even more than ever because of computers. And with prolonged sitting, comes negative damages to your organs
- The Heart – In a sitting position, blood flow slows down and muscles don’t burn enough fat, which permits fatty acids to clog in the heart much faster.
- The Pancreas – The body’s ability to properly respond to insulin is badly affected by just one day of prolonged sitting. This leads the pancreas to produce more insulin, and this cause low energy, fat again and diabetes.
- Colon Cancer – Excessive sitting may increase your risk of colon, breast, and endometrial cancers.
So, how can you avoid sitting for too long?…
Set an alarm on your computer, watch or phone and stand up every 30-60 minutes. Move around, stretch, grab a glass of water or do something physical.
If possible, go outside for a quick 10 minute walk. Instead of sitting and talking on your cell phone, walk around. There are no cords, so you have no limits.
3 – High Intake Of Salt
A high intake of sodium is a more common cause of poor circulation. For clarity, I’m referring to regular table salt or salt found in most packaged foods. Not so much with more “natural” salts such as Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt.
Sodium is a mineral and electrolyte that’s crucial for your body to function well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2, around 90% of sodium you get comes from salt.
Sodium assists in controlling blood volume and blood pressure. However, your circulatory health may suffer if you get too much of it.
A high sodium diet is linked to hypertension. According to the CDC, if sodium rises, blood pressure rises too. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends you limit salt intake to less than 2,300 milligrams/day.
You should not consume more than 1,500 milligrams daily if you’re over the age of 50, African-American, or have health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.
Processed foods and restaurant foods are full of salt. Don’t eat these foods and you’ll be able to avoid the majority of your salt intake.
You can also add in potassium rich foods or supplements, to counteract and balance the sodium intake.
So to sum up – avoid binge drinking, sitting for too long and remember to cut down the intake of salt in your diet to improve your blood circulation.
Add in some daily exercise and the right supplements, and you’ll see dramatic improvements in your blood flow, energy levels and overall health.
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