Have you ever gotten stuck in a traffic jam? I bet you did, and so did I. You just jumped into the car that morning, trying to get to work or school, or wherever, but something happened between your ride from A to B. Sometimes it’s an accident that keeps the traffic from going, construction work or it’s simply too many cars in one place. It probably cost you quite some time to get to where you really needed to go to with some trouble. That’s when you start to realize how precious a smooth traffic flow is! (At least I personally can testify of that)
Consider the parallel between traffic flow and the well being of a country or state:
Poor, unstable countries usually consist mostly of poor, a few rich and not many citizens in between. The ones with little financial means try to safe their money and thus inhibit a running flow of the money within the state. There is an unequal distribution of money. In contrast, in financially stable countries, the population consists of mainly “middle class people” who make enough money to then spend it for their needs and enjoyments and therefore there is a fluent circulation of money, which is very healthy for the economy and gives stability to the state.
Maybe you are wondering what this has to do with you or with health…
There could be a traffic jam inside of you. When the blood is not well distributed, as the money in a state, it can cause great instability, related with many issues.
Your blood vessels are like a big network of roads. If you would put all the blood vessels in your body together, to a long thread, it would reach the length of about 96.000 km! That is like going around the world almost two and a half times! Through this amazing “roadway” in your body, your cells get nourished with everything they need in order to live, transported by the blood. And guess what: We are made up of cells! So if the cells don’t get what they need we will sooner or later have an issue. A possible outcome could be that you start to feel sleepy and it is hard to focus. If there is some part where the blood doesn’t have access to, for too long, the tissue will die inevitably.
So what can you do to support good blood circulation?
Remember being stuck in the traffic jam! What would you like to do when you are stuck on the road? You would like to move on, because the issue is that you can’t. So first tip: Move!
Best, go outside and start walking or running, do garden work or ride your bike -whatever is possible for you. If you can’t do these things do some exercises according to your ability inside. This will push your blood through the whole body to nourish every little cell and you will immediately feel a difference.
Another way to get your blood moving is through contrast baths.
Your peripheral blood vessels open up when it is warm and they close and get tight when it is cold. Through the movement of opening and closing the blood vessels the blood really gets going. A contrast bath therefore is nothing more than interactively using hot and cold water. It takes about 3 minutes for the vessels to open up and about 30 seconds to close. So you can take a shower as hot as possible for 3 minutes and then turn the water down to as cold as possible for 30 seconds. Do this as many times as you wish to get your blood circulation going. If you are just having issues with certain areas of your body you can just put that part into hot and cold water alternatingly. But be careful if you are having open wounds or a damaged nerve system (as it is the case with many diabetics) and make sure to have a thermometer inside the water, so you don’t burn yourself.
Something you can also take care of in your every day life, that affects your blood circulation, is something that is so simple and popular that it will surprise you. It’s clothes! Besides dressing nicely you also want make sure that the clothes allow a smooth blood flow and don’t block it through its tightness. Or, if you are wearing very warm clothes on one part of the body and almost nothing on another other part, all the blood is being pulled to the area where your body is warmly covered with clothes, while the other part is left freezing, because of the decreased blood circulation.
But what does all the great distribution of blood throughout the body help, if the blood itself is the issue?
When blood is too thick it might have a hard time to easily flow through the narrow vessels. Make sure you nourish your blood with the right things in order for it to have the right consistency and necessary nutrients.
And last: What happens when there are obstacles along the road that make it hard to pass? If the arteries are blocked with plaques this cannot only be a challenge for your blood to flow swiftly, but it can become very dangerous, leading to strokes and heart attacks.
So make sure you keep your “roadway” free from roadblocks and keep the traffic moving swiftly so that everything gets to where it wants and needs to be.
If there are words with which I could sum this up they would be: “Perfect health requires perfect circulation.” – Whether it’s the health of a country or your physical or mental well-being.