Test Your Heart And Circulatory System – Hold Your Hands In Ice Water For 30 Seconds

Date June 15, 2018

The heart is a very tricky organ. You can have a heart attack or a stroke without ever suspecting any cardiovascular problems!

In fact, the heart function depends on multiple factors: physical activity, heredity, weight, medicines taken, and stress. But before rushing to a doctor for all kinds of test, try diagnosing the state of your heart and circulatory system at home.

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A simple medical test to check the state of your heart and circulatory system at home

Follow this procedure:

  1. Pour very cold water (maybe even with ice) into a small container.
  2. Immerse your hands in it for 30 seconds.
  3. Evaluate the results: if the fingertips become too pale or cyanotic, then, most likely, you have problems with blood circulation. If they reddened, then at the moment you are fine!

7 products that improve blood circulation

Don’t let the test results upset you! Useful foods will help improve your blood circulation.

Here’s what doctors recommend for impaired circulation.

1. Garlic. This spicy vegetable reduces blood pressure and prevents the appearance of atherosclerotic plaques.

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2. Essential oils of eucalyptus, ginger, cranes-bill, juniper, mandarin, lemon, rosemary, thyme, and clary sage. They perfectly relax the smooth muscles of the blood vessels and improve blood flow.

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3. Ginger. Zingerone and gingerone contained in this plant prevent the formation of blood clots.

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4. Cayenne pepper. High concentration of capsaicin reinforces the walls of the arteries.

5. Ginkgo Biloba. The leaf extract of this tree normalizes microcirculation in the brain and improves memory.

6. Horse chestnut. Escin contained in this plant strengthens the walls of capillaries and veins, prevents their varicose expansion.

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7. Flax seeds. Fiber, lignans and fatty acids are excellent for hypertension.

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Note: the ice water test provides only general information about the state of the circulatory system. Therefore, even if the result of the test is satisfactory, for complete peace of mind it’s better to visit a cardiologist for a preventive medical examination.

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