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Blood Circulation

Blood Circulation
A close up view of blood vessels within the human body.

A Look Into Blood Circulation

When it comes to living optimally and just the act of survival, our bodies are great at knowing what to do without us even having to think about it.  One of the most important involuntary actions that our bodies do very well is knowing how to keep things functioning at an optimal level. More specifically, the act of blood flow and how it circulates throughout our system.

According to a report from the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)states that when looking at how the blood circulatory system works:

“The blood circulatory system (cardiovascular system) delivers nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body. It consists of the heart and the blood vessels running through the entire body. The arteries carry blood away from the heart; the veins carry it back to the heart.”

When blood circulation is performing as it should, things are good. When blood circulation is not performing as it should, things start to go awry.

An individual painfully grabbing their right hand with their left hand due to poor circulation issues.

Common Symptoms of Blood Circulation

For those that do experience poor circulation, some of the most common symptoms can include:

  • Tingling (pins and needles sensation) in the arms, legs, or other extremities
  • Numbness
  • Muscle cramps and pain
  • Fatigue
  • Increased risk of stroke due to developing blood clots
  • Tissue & nerve damage
  • Digestive problems, as decreased blood flow to the stomach can attribute to an increased amount of fat storage and overall discomfort.

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Some of the reasons why poor blood circulation may be present can include:

  • Being overweight, and having a sedentary or inactive lifestyle
  • Having diabetes
  • Raynaud’s disease, which causes blood vessels in the toes and fingers to contract and reduce the circulation of blood flow.
  • Smoking
  • Atherosclerosis, or the hardening of the arteries
  • Age
  • Other medical conditions that include deep vein thrombosis (DVT) , peripheral artery disease (PAD), and venous insufficiency.

The importance of having optimal blood flow circulation is key for life, and for avoiding undesirable effects. Luckily, there are ways to help improve this by making some changes to your daily routines, and incorporating some external aids. One of these aids for naturally improving circulation is an infrared sauna.

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How Can an Infrared Sauna Can Help With Blood Circulation?

Infrared saunas are designed to use light in order to heat the body, as opposed to traditional saunas which use convection heaters to warm the air. While there are some similarities, there are also some major differences between a traditional vs infrared

The act of sweating, whether it comes from a traditional or infrared sauna, helps with circulation. The increase in core body temperature allows the vessels to expand, resulting in increased blood flow and circulation of more nutrients within the blood.

While traditional saunas may make you sweat more at a quicker level due to higher temperatures, this could be problematic for some. Infrared saunas heat the body at lower temperatures which can be tolerated more.

Infrared saunas utilize various wavelengths of light to heat the body in the form of near, mid and far infrared, which target different parts of the body and bring to the table their own unique benefits. Although traditional saunas do offer benefits including an increased amount of circulation, they do not have the luxury of offering these various types of wavelengths.

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Health Benefits of Using an Infrared Sauna

There is no shortage of infrared sauna benefits. Physically and emotionally speaking, a sauna is one of the best ways to tackle many issues all at the same time. Some of the most well known benefits of using a sauna include:

  • Joint pain relief
  • Relaxation & stress relief
  • Improved look of skin & more efficient wound healing
  • Aids in enhancing weight loss goals
  • Immune system support
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Detoxification

Incorporating just a few minutes of a sauna per day can help improve quality of life, and may even help boost your lifespan.

How to Naturally Improve Circulation in the Sauna

The act of just being in an infrared sauna is good enough to help boost circulation. However, if you’re looking for ways to enhance your body’s functions even further, here are some tips on how to increase circulation.

1. Move it

The great thing about owning an infrared sauna, depending on how much space you have to move around, is the ability to make your sauna sessions more productive. Next time you’re in the sauna, look to take part in a sequence of stretches and exercises. This allows your body to become more limber and help with flexibility, all while keeping your blood circulation pumping at an all time high.

When in a larger sauna, including our Sports Sauna, there is enough room to perform yoga, and exercise to a greater extent.

2. Pain Remedy

Using the sauna is a great way to decrease pain in the joints and muscles. The increased blood flow and circulation helps to provide more nutrients to the affected areas. Whether after a strenuous workout or you’re just looking for a more natural alternative, a sauna is a great choice.

3. Focus on Posture

One thing many of us overlook is not realizing that our posture affects our health. For those that work long hours at a desk, having improper form is not only bad for your body’s mechanics but also for how your body circulates blood. Same goes for sitting in a sauna.

Additionally, just the act of sitting has an impact on the circulatory system as there is a decreased demand for increased blood flow.

In order to help enhance your posture and circulation in the sauna, incorporating an ergonomic backrest or sauna cushion can help, as well as staying active.

If you’re looking for a way to naturally improve your circulation and reduce blood pressure, then an infrared sauna is your answer. Our patented Tecoloy heaters are safer and more efficient than the leading competitors, as well as proving up to 40% deeper penetration. Incorporating a Health Mate infrared sauna into your regimen can positively enhance your life in many different ways.

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