Nitric Oxide and Circulation – FIT Talk With Tania
Circulation is much like water flowing through a garden hose. A little kink in the hose and the water can’t get to where it needs to go.
The body is a complex thing – so many perfectly assembled parts that work like a well-oiled machine, day in and day out, 24/7/365.
It’s really amazing when you think about it. Oddly enough, most of us don’t think much about it, if at all, unless something is stopping the operation of this well-oiled machine.
Although I’m a bit of a girl with a half-full glass, I believe that anticipating and being preventative is not only the key to avoiding illness, it is also the key to a more enjoyable life.
- Less illness
- Better quality of life.
Simple. And one of the things that are essential for good health and longevity is circulation.
The circulatory system moves blood around the body to deliver oxygen and nutrients to all cells, and then removes carbon dioxide, wastes, and toxins.
Think of a garden hose. When plugged into the water faucet and you turn it on, the water flows quickly and goes straight to where you point the end of the hose and these plants get the water they need. to push, or your car is washed, etc., you get the point.
Now what happens when you plug in the hose, turn on the water, point the nozzle in the right direction, and the hose kinks?
The water still passes, but it takes longer to water your plants and it is much more difficult to wash your car effectively because there is not enough volume to do the job properly. Same thing inside your body.
Depending on what is going on in your body, you may already be aware of any circulation issues. Many people might, however, have a little “kink” in some of these pipes and not even know it:
- Cold or numbness in the hands and / or feet
- Swelling of the feet and / or lower leg
- Blood pressure changes
- Diarrhea, constipation
- Bloody stools
- Muscle cramps
- Joint pain, purple tinge on the skin
- Wounds that do not heal, especially in the lower extremities
Optimal circulation is necessary to maintain health, promote healing, and support immune and cognitive functions.
The amount of blood circulating or not flowing through your veins affects blood pressure, digestion, elimination, energy levels, joint, muscle, and vascular health, as well as cognitive functioning, retention, and memory.
Obviously, it is in everyone’s best interests to resolve the issues.
While it certainly isn’t new to the health scene, nitric oxide (NO) has been something only elite athletes focused on to optimize performance.
NO occurs naturally and is responsible for regulating healthy blood flow, blood pressure, and how our cells communicate with our brains and how the body protects and defends itself against disease.
Nitric oxide is produced in two ways, through:
A complicated process where enzymes convert amino acids (proteins) into NO; and food The food we eat.
The problem with these delivery systems is that around the age of 40, our body’s ability to convert enzymes decreases to only about 50% efficiency. And for the second, well, we are what we eat.
Nitrates are converted to nitrites, which can then be converted to nitric oxide, which gives us nitric oxide and can then provide us with the health benefits mentioned above. The million dollar question then becomes, how can I get more nitrates into my body and optimize the conversion process?
Glad you asked.
Let’s just clarify by saying that if you just google nitrates you will likely find that this is an unhealthy chemical, something that is found in fertilizers and even used to kill rodents. Obviously, these are toxic and should be avoided.
When you see nitrates listed on packaged foods, these are also chemical options, not so healthy.
The ones I’m talking about occur naturally in certain foods. Leafy vegetables such as:
- bok choy
- Chicory leaf
- Chinese cabbage
Other excellent sources of NO-producing elements are vegetables, such as:
To a lesser extent, watermelon, apples, bananas, grapes, kiwis, nectarines, peaches, pears, oranges and strawberries are also beneficial.
One particular fruit that promotes nitric oxide production, dilation of blood vessels, and improved circulation is morinda citrifolia, more commonly known as the Noni fruit, as well as Indian mulberry.
For the past 2,000 years, Polynesians have used the Noni fruit in herbal remedies to treat various ailments.
As with many super foods, there are plenty of scientific articles and reviews on the benefits of noni for NO production, circulation, and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Being an exotic and rather unknown fruit, it is unlikely that you will come across it in your local produce department. It is also not very palatable and has been described by some as the “fruit of vomit” due to its unpleasant odor.
For those who would like to try Noni, I suggest looking for a high quality supplement instead. As with any supplement, look for quality and bioavailability – where it comes from, how it was made, and how easily it will be absorbed into the body.
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