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Taking steps to improve circulation--both your cardiovascular and lymphatic systems--is an essential part of good health. The heart pumps blood to all areas of the body, transporting essential nutrients and oxygen to surrounding muscle. If blood circulation is impaired, as with increased plaque on artery walls or damage from long-term Type I diabetes, overall health may decline significantly. The body will become less capable of removing toxicity from the bloodstream, which can lead to increased toxicity, more infections, and organ failure. There are several ways to improve circulation before these major health issues surface, however.

First, it is advised that you undergo a complete physical examination from your physician. Your doctor can assess your prior medical history, present condition, and present drug regimen to determine if high blood pressure or poor circulation is affecting your daily life. Some of the most effective ways to improve circulation, in fact, result from simple changes to daily activities. Your diet wields great influence over your blood circulation and, consequently, how hard your heart has to work to pump blood to all the areas where it is needed. If you stay hydrated, get at least seven hours of sleep, and eat foods low in cholesterol and saturated fat, your circulation stands a good chance to improve.

Physical, emotional, and mental stress also plays an enormous part in how well your blood circulates. Outward displays of rage, suppressed anger, frustration, and prolonged emotional stress can all induce our "fight or flight" response, which involves the body releasing several different varieties of chemicals, including large amounts of adrenaline. These chemicals are designed to provide us with the energy to successfully complete activities that require extreme exertion--ancestrally, that included fighting or fleeing. Since the advent of the modern workplace, however, many of us work in positions where physical activity is not a large component of our jobs. Thus, when we become angry and our body produces the "fight or flight" chemicals, we are unable use them as efficiently as we should be. Higher rates of heart disease, higher blood pressure, and poor circulation may follow.

It is essential to eliminate as many of these stressors as possible. Even if your stress includes your job, you may still take several steps to reduce your anger and improve circulation. Rather than suppressing your frustrations (which can have many of the same negative effects as expressing them vigorously), find someone to talk to about them. If possible, engage the persons responsible directly--make sure to be respectful. Rather than immediately allowing your frustrations to overcome you, breathe deeply and attempt to approach the problem with a level head. Your heart--and your circulation--will thank you for it.

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