When we experience pins and needles in our feet, lower back pain due to kidney strain, or any other sign of poor circulation, it’s hard enough to induce a panic. That’s because we give so little thought to how important adequate circulation is, to begin with. However, poor circulation is a sign of an overly taxed cardiovascular system, and as such, can be deadly if not rectified. Research suggests that as many as one in 4, or more likely 3 deaths, are cardiovascular-related, with many of them have been preventable.
Good circulation means you can rid your body of toxins, get vital nutrients to all your organs, and keep the life-sustaining technology in your body such as the kidneys functioning optimally. You need to have a vested interest in your circulatory system so you know what to do if and when a traffic jam occurs. Here’s how you can prevent disaster long term.
1. Eat Foods That Contain L-arginine
L-arginine (or arginine) is a type of amino acid obtained from animal protein sources such as beef, red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Alternatively, you can consume it in supplement form. It has many health benefits – including for vascular health, mental vitality, and improving circulation. This little known amino acid and supplement owes its blood-flow superpower to being converted into nitric oxide in the body, causing your blood vessels to open wider.
This is why it also finds application in improving athletic performance. In totality, L-arginine lowers your risk of arteriosclerosis and heart attack, repairs blood vessels, fights coronary artery disease, helps lower blood pressure, and fights congestive heart failure. So promising are the benefits of L-arginine that it is currently being trialed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) as a potential remedy for asthma. The trial is being sponsored by the University of California.