An easy answer to the problems of poor circulation

Sunday 3rd February 2013 

Chances are that the recent cold snap of weather has made you crank up the central heating. 

This facet of modern life is sometimes taken for granted, and we wouldnít have to go too far back to find the family huddled around a coal fire, and the kids off to bed with a hot water bottle.

But maybe the simplicity of turning the thermostat up a notch isnít a good thing. 

A lack of activity is bad news for our hearts, and can lead to many issues associated with poor circulation, such as aching feet and legs, headaches and even conditions such as Reynauds.

Cosseted in a cosy house we have less incentive to be active, I mean who wants to venture into the freezing outdoors instead?

So how can we do the best by our all important pumps? The answer lies in common sense and a bit of kit that combines the best of Eastern and Western health philosophy.

How to avoid the pain of poor circulation

First the common sense part...

Tips for a healthy heart

To some extent itís not a bad idea to think about your heart as you do your central heating system Ė an annual service is always recommended.

Clearly there isnít much of a chance to get a man in to flush my system out or replace worn parts like a plumber would Ė or at least not without major surgery.

But getting a regular check up at the doctors can alert you to any problems that may be hidden for the time being.

Then there are the simple ways we can make huge improvements to the way our hearts work;

1) Take care with what we eat. Having just come out of the traditional period of excess I guess we are all looking at ourselves and thinking we could lose a pound or two, however, there is more to it than that.

Cutting out fat and salt is almost a given in this day and age but there are also fun things to eat and enjoy still. For a start, a nice tin of sardines on wholemeal toast is no bad thing, or how about roasting carrots, parsnips, fennel and tomatoes in a little olive oil and dried herbs?

These foods are filling, warming and also really good for our hearts Ė remember what I said last week about the power of cooked tomatoes?

Losing any excess weight helps to take the pressure of our already hard at work hearts, and helps relieve of us that sluggish feeling that stops us being active -  which leads me on to my next point...

2) Get out of breath every day. No-one is suggesting we should run a marathon, just open our stride a bit, or walk up and down stairs twice or simply use a chair based routine to get the blood flowing.

Most people get a cold sweat when the word exercise is mentioned, thinking about the Lycra clad hordes at the local gym Ė and the joy of breathing in someone elseís sweaty odour Ė Mmm so nice!

But things donít have to be that extreme. We all know how we could get a bit more activity into our lives without extra expense or hassle, itís just a matter of doing it!

3) Take a calming breath. Looking after your heart isnít just about working hard at making it pump or even depriving yourself of a few treats every now and again.

Making simple lifestyle changes rather than indulging in radical diets will do more to help your heart stay healthy Ė and the biggest of these is to find a way to relax a little.

Take up a calming hobby, or practice a bit of meditation, or simply build five minutes quiet time into your hectic schedule, to make sure you get a chance to chill out every day.

None of those are revolutionary concepts I know, but when did you last do any of those things purely for your heart?

Now for a great way to really tackle the problem of poor circulation Ė without leaving your cosy sitting room.

Giving your heart a boost

One of the common complaints as we age is aching feet and legs, and to some extent this can relate back to our circulation.

Our feet are the furthest point away from our hearts, and require a considerable amount of squeezing to get the blood to them, and back from them.

Gravity tends to help in the flow down to the lower extremities, then serves only to hinder the return journey.

Hereís the way to boost your circulation from the comfort of an armchair

If we spend a time standing up it is not uncommon to get slightly swollen ankles, and to feel that our shoes are tight Ė this is an effect of the pooling of blood and fluid in our feet.

One way to help would be to flip into a headstand... however, my days of attempting such gymnastics are long behind me, and Iím not sure having the blood rushing to my head would be a good thing either!

Having a handy masseur around to gently soothe my aching limbs might also be an option... but even Lara is loathe to get near my feet in anything other than a national emergency.

So Iím glad that Iíve discovered a device to do the job for me. It combines Eastern acupuncture and Western physiotherapy into an approved Class 2a medical device that gets the blood flowing.

The unit stimulates the muscles in the feet through a combination of acupuncture and pressure point therapy to increase blood flow immediately.

Using this portable device couldnít be easier, sit in your favourite armchair, slip off your socks and rest your feet in the moulded pads...and enjoy!

The makers claim that they have seen amazing results for a whole range of problems including restless leg syndrome, fluid retention, cramps and many more conditions related to poor circulation.

As I said on Friday I have got Lara on a daily programme of use now to see if it brings warmth to her frozen toes Ė now that would be great for my heart.

Anything to stop the shock of a cold foot on me in the middle of the night would be much appreciated.

Join me in trying this amazing device risk free for 90 days


Yours, as always







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