3 effective ways to improve your blood circulation
By Denise John, PhD
When blood flows freely through our body, it allows each of our cells to get the nutrients and oxygen they need to survive and keep us feeling our best. When our blood circulation is not optimal, it significantly affects our health, with effects ranging from momentary dizziness to long-term cardiovascular complications.
Improving blood circulation starts with a balanced diet and regular exercise, as they promote a healthy inflammatory response in our blood vessels. When you want extra help, there are a few categories of tools that can be effective companions.
Infrared heat therapy is a non-invasive tool that has been studied for decades. Infrared, an invisible heat-producing electromagnetic energy that radiates at specific wavelengths, promotes healthy blood flow and healthy endothelial cells – the innermost layer of our blood vessels – which are essential for the proper functioning of our cardiovascular system. Emerging research shows that infrared heat can significantly benefit the cardiovascular system, promoting healthy local blood circulation by maintaining a healthy inflammatory response.
Whether you’re looking for full-body exposure or a targeted session for a specific body part, these infrared mats provide localized heating to promote muscle relaxation.
There are three types of infrared heat, defined by their wavelength: near infrared (0.8 to 1.5 micrometers), mid infrared (1.5 to 5.6 micrometers), and far infrared ( 5.6 to 1000 micrometers). All of these mats use the well documented far infrared heat.
Larger infrared mats can be used to support your whole body at once.
For targeted support of a specific body part (and great portability), smaller infrared mats are the way to go.
It is the parts of the body farthest from the heart (feet and legs, hands and wrists) that are often most affected by poor circulation. This can manifest as coldness in the area. The increased circulation to our extremities helps blood flow better throughout our body and can help relieve fluid buildup in our legs or hands.
These compression garments have been created with breathable, sweat-wicking fabric and woven with copper to help prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is an emerging therapy that has proven improve local blood circulation. As its name suggests, it uses electrical impulses to stimulate nerves through electrodes attached to the skin. Scientists are still figuring out exactly how nerves communicate with blood vessels, but it’s clear that electrical stimulation of nerves allows them to nearby blood vessels dilateincreasing blood flow.
The PowerDot 2.0 uses TENS technology (and small electrical signals called NMES, or Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) to stimulate muscles for healthy local blood flow and to temporarily relieve sore, sore muscles. Its compact design features small units that sit next to the electrodes on your body, making it ideal for travel. And its well-designed app guides you through electrode placement and wellness and recovery routines.
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