Circulation is of paramount importance to overall health and well-being because it plays a fundamental role in maintaining the proper functioning of the human body. Poor circulation can contribute to and exacerbate a range of chronic diseases and health conditions, and it can be both a cause and a symptom of certain medical issues. The circulatory system, also known as the cardiovascular system, is a complex network of structures that work together to circulate blood throughout the body. It comprises of the heart, blood vessels, arteries, veins, capillaries and blood.
Often when we think about circulation we think big macro parts of the circulatory system, heart, blood, veins and arteries. But the micro small parts or networks of the circulatory system should not be overlooked because if not functioning properly it can be the root of many health problems. In this corner I am going to touch on the venous system which is a critical component of the circulatory system. The venous system, is a network of veins that connects with other blood vessels and organs throughout the body via the micro networks – capillaries and venules.
Venules are small blood vessels that play a crucial role in coordinating blood flow. They receive blood from the capillaries and gradually merge to form larger veins, eventually returning the blood to the heart. Venules help regulate blood pressure and ensure a steady flow of blood back to the heart, preventing backflow and congestion.
Capillaries, on the other hand, are the smallest and most numerous blood vessels in the body. They are responsible for the exchange of oxygen, nutrients, and waste products between the blood and the surrounding tissues. Capillaries are located close to cells in almost every part of the body, ensuring that essential substances are delivered while waste products are removed.
The coordination between venules and capillaries is vital for maintaining overall health. Venules facilitate the return of deoxygenated blood to the heart, while capillaries enable the exchange of nutrients and waste products, ultimately supporting the body’s metabolic processes. These two types of blood vessels work together to ensure the proper functioning of the circulatory system, which is essential for sustaining life.
Improving and maintaining good circulation can help prevent various health issues, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and peripheral vascular diseases. Lifestyle modifications, including regular exercise, a healthy diet, not smoking, stress management and tools such as a PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) can help improve circulation and reduce the risk of these associated health problems.
Some more common or early circulatory problems are blood pooling (edema), thermoregulation (regulating body temp hot, cold), wound healing, brain fog and more serious are blood clots. Also, chronic venous insufficiency or other venous disorders can cause significant problems, including varicose veins, chronic venous ulcers, and circulation-related complications. It’s crucial to seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of venous insufficiency or any circulatory issues to prevent further complications and receive appropriate treatment.
If you have some early signs or want to be preventative on how to better your circulation through diet, exercise or even PEMF, contact us at DEEM Health.
Mikkie Pollon (Nettles),
Certified Personal Trainer/
Holistic & Sports Nutritionist
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