Circulation is important at any age, especially for your brain!
The brain uses up to three times as much oxygen as the other muscles of the body. With a brain so hungry, it is important to protect and enhance cerebral circulation, which refers to the movement of blood through the vessels that supply the brain. This oxygenated blood brings oxygen and other important nutrients to the brain, helping the cells respire. The end result: you feel sharper in intellect, clearer in mind, and less susceptible to conditions such as chronic headaching.
Increasing blood flow to your brain can be done by YOU!
Through, you guessed it, exercise and diet, you can make sure your brain is receiving an optimal amount of oxygen-rich blood to get on with its daily business. Exercising daily is important, but so is making sure that you get up and walk regularly if you have been sitting for a long period of time. In this scenario, circulation becomes stagnant and doesn’t reach the major muscle groups in the right quantities to keep you feeling fresh and potent. Stretching is another great way to break the tension and stagnation that accumulates throughout the day.
Deep breathing is another way that you can ensure a constantly refreshing supply of clean, oxygen-rich air to saturate your cells. Breathe through your diaphragm in the following process:
Contract diaphragm and inhale through the nose
This fills lungs down to the very bottom, where most blood is circulating.
In this method, you will see your abdomen expanding, not your chest.
Exhale fully through the nose
At Associates in Chiropractic, we improve cerebral circulation by removing subluxation that causes pressure on the nerves. This opens up your range of motion, reduces pain and helps you feel better; blood vessels expand and allow the blood to flow to the areas it is needed most.
Dr. Albert Stabile, D.C.