The portable and safety walk-in tubs designed primarily for the elderly and disabled offer several potential benefits, and for many people, one of the primary draws is circulation improvement. Warm, flowing water has been proven to assist with circulation and numerous other health areas, and at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, our tubs will provide all these benefits and more.
Because of how important circulation is, especially to seniors, it’s good to know other ways to maintain it when you aren’t in the tub. Here are a few broad areas you can look at to help improve circulation.
Increasing physical activity is the simplest way to increase circulation, and for seniors worried about their body’s ability to handle physical stress, know that there are plenty of light options available. Simply walking more regularly, or even stretching every couple hours for a few minutes, can go a very long way.
For those who are able, doing low-impact cardiovascular training or even moderate-impact strength training can help – building muscle increases the effectiveness of circulation, and aerobic activity improves heart and blood vessel function. Massages are also very valuable for many people in this area, and some people find success through elevating the legs as well.
These changes primarily relate to eating and drinking. Try to avoid overly processed foods or foods high in sugar, salts or unhealthy fats. Meanwhile, promote fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats. Drink enough water during the day – warm or room temperature water is best, as cold water can close up the veins. Also cut out alcohol and caffeine, if possible.
In addition, if you smoke, try to quit as soon as possible. Smoking negatively effects circulation. If you have high levels of stress in your life, try to find healthy outlets for them, as stress also can negatively affect circulation.
Knowing when to seek medical care is vital as far as circulation goes. If there are times you can tell your body is having trouble pumping blood – such as if you have tingling, cold extremities, slow healing time for wounds or blue-tinted skin – tell your doctor right away. Your doctor may also be able to help with certain supplements or additional medications.
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