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The circulatory system

The health of every body part depends on it, especially your leg health

Your heart beats more than 100,000 times a day; your blood vessels, if lined up end to end, would wrap twice around the globe. The health of every body part depends on your circulatory system. Blockages and bleeds can lead to heart attack, stroke or vascular dementia, or to aches, pains, cramps and ulcers. Often though, there is no sign that your heart and vessels are having a hard time keeping your body supplied with blood, and so it’s good to get a better understanding of your amazing circulatory system.

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How does it work?

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What is circulation

Facts about circulation

Your legs act as a "second heart"

Returning blood to the heart from lower parts of the body, such as the feet and legs, is hard work for your circulation because the blood has to be pushed ‘uphill’. To do this, the circulation needs help from muscles that surround the veins. When we walk, muscles in the feet and legs help to pump blood upwards. The more the muscles work the greater the squeezing action and the easier it is to push blood back to the heart. In effect, muscles in areas such as the feet and legs work as your "second heart".

Average adult has 8-10 pints of blood

Blood is very important because it carries and delivers many things that the body needs to stay well. It carries oxygen to all parts of the body, and whisks carbon dioxide and other waste materials to the lungs, kidneys and digestive system so that the body can remove them.

Arteries carry blood from the heart

Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from your heart to the legs, arms and other parts of the body allowing your muscles to work.

Veins carry the used blood back to the heart

Veins carry the used blood back to your heart. Returning blood to the heart from the feet and legs is very difficult as blood has to be pushed ‘uphill’ back to the heart.

Symptoms of poor circulation

There are many symptoms of poor circulation that can be relieved with the use of Revitive. Revitive’s circulation Booster works by stimulating the muscles in your legs and feet using Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to increase your circulation.

These are some of the main symptoms you might recognise:

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Pain in legs and feet
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Tired, aching and heavy legs
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Swollen feet and ankles
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Tingling in the legs and feet
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Muscle cramps

Causes of Poor Circulation

Age, diet, lifestyle, medical conditions and immobility can affect your circulation. This can result in foot and leg pain, puffy feet & ankles and cramp. ​

A wide range of medical conditions can contribute to poor blood circulation, especially the blood circulation in your legs. ​

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A complex condition where blood glucose in the body is too high, either as a result of your body not producing any insulin, or the insulin that is produced isn’t enough or doesn’t work effectively. Diabetes can affect many parts of your body and may result in reduced feeling in the feet. By increasing circulation Revitive can help to reduce or prevent diabetes symptoms such as blood-pooling (where your body is unable to pump blood up to your heart and it pools in your legs or feet).

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High blood pressure

Also called ‘hypertension’, this is a condition in which blood being pumped through the body places too much pressure on the arteries causing damage to your circulatory system and contributing to poor circulation symptoms.

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An unhealthy diet can lead to the arteries becoming clogged up with fatty substances – a condition called ‘atherosclerosis’. Affected arteries narrow and harden, which stops blood from flowing through them as well as it normally would. As well as contributing to poor circulation, atherosclerosis increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk, and Revitive can help to increase blood flow.

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Smoking harms the circulation in many ways, including making the walls of arteries sticky. The chemicals in cigarettes damage the lining of arteries, making them more likely to clog up with fatty substances and reducing blood flow to the fingers and toes (the parts of the body furthest away from the heart).

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As we grow older, we are often less active than we used to be. This, combined with the general ‘wear and tear’ of aging, can cause the circulation to work less effectively than it once did, increasing the risk of vascular disease.

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As we walk, muscles in the lower legs and feet operate like a pump, pushing blood back up to the heart. For those with a sedentary lifestyle, who don't move for prolonged periods (especially if we are sitting down), this can reduce circulation in your legs leading to pooling of blood in the feet/legs, which in turn can cause swelling, stiffness and discomfort.

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