1. Eat a heart healthy diet! Lots of leafy greens, fruits and veggies.
2. Move as much as you are able. Exercise- whether it is a stationary bike, seated exercise, water aerobics or yoga- is good for your circulatory system and will keep blood flowing. It also creates "shear stress" in your blood vessels and increases a healthy, strong endothelium.
3. Try to limit stress. Cortisol, the hormone released when we stress out, creates vasoconstriction and closes down blood vessels. Prayer, meditation and deep breathing can really help. Laughter actually opens blood vessels up! Try to find joy everyday--with your children, friends, pets, funny movies, good books.
4. Alcohol only small amounts. A glass of wine opens up blood vessels a bit, and provides some phytonutrients, but any more than one drink becomes vasoconstrictive.
5. Get some sun on your face and body. Vitamin D and UV rays help the body utilize oxygen and are a vasodilator. If you have no sun in your area, maybe try a sun lamp and take a vitamin D supplement.
6. No more smoking. Sorry. Cigarettes are vasoconstrictors- they close up blood vessels. That's why we've seen so much about smoking and MS in the news lately. Cigarettes actually mute the immune system---so you'd think they'd be good for MS, if MS was autoimmune! But cigarettes are linked to MS progression. In the CCSVI paradigm, that's because they inhibit good blood flow.
For more information, and to read the science and research behind all this, check out my Endothelial Health program I made up for Jeff. It's the first post on this blog. Lots of these things are common sense and part of an overall healthy lifestyle....but it's always good to understand the science behind it.
hope this helps a bit!