Meet your body’s circulatory system. It’s wellbeing is essential for yours. Read on to identify the signs of a sluggish system and how to boost circulation naturally.
Many people consider the circulatory system, or cardiovascular system, as simply a highway for blood. In fact, it includes a vast network of organs and vessels that carry nutrients, hormones, oxygen and other gases, along with blood, to and from cells. It also moves lymph – a clear fluid that helps rid the body of unwanted material. A good circulation is a sign of good health. If yours is on a go-slow, you may not be able to fight disease or maintain a stable internal environment – such as proper temperature and pH – known as homeostasis.
All about the circulatory system
The circulatory system consists of three systems – the heart (cardiac), the lungs (pulmonary) and the arteries, veins, coronary and portal vessels (systemic).
The pulmonary circulatory system moves oxygen-depleted blood away from the heart via the pulmonary artery to the lungs, and returns oxygenated blood to the heart through the pulmonary veins. From the heart, blood is pumped throughout the body and back via a network of veins, arteries and blood vessels. (Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart through the body. Veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to the heart.)