Cardiac issues are the number one cause of death in the US.
So it makes sense that when we talk about the cardiovascular system, we’re often so focused on our heart muscle itself that we forget to talk about what the heart is pumping—our blood.
We touched on the importance of blood in our article How Does Your Cardiovascular System Work?, but it’s so vital of a topic we wanted to go deeper.
Why are we talking about blood here? Simple—health issues are often caused by stuff going on in the blood.
Cholesterol clogging arteries? Blood. Toxic build up? Blood. Inflammation, stress hormones, nutrient supply, detoxification, hypo- or hyper- thyroid, kidney and liver issues, estrogen and testosterone circulation—you get the picture.
If there is something that physically has to move from one part of your body to another, it happens in your blood through your arteries and veins.
That being said, keeping your blood healthy and flowing steadily is a no-brainer for more than just heart—your overall health is in the balance here.
An Internal Cleansing System
So you get the point, your blood is important enough to focus on but it isn’t like you can send your blood through the cleaners and call it life (well, you can, but that’s called dialysis and if you’ve got to do that, you’re in trouble).
We evolved with an internal blood cleansing system, a detoxification system if you will. Every time our blood circulates through our bodies (which takes about 1 minute, by the way) it passes through our liver and our kidneys.
Our liver has well over 100 different simultaneous jobs to do throughout its day, and almost all of them have something to do with the blood rushing through it. It’s pulling out toxic things and neutralizing them, balancing blood sugar, breaking down fats, synthesizing proteins, regulating blood pressure, creating clots, breaking down hormones—the list literally never ends. It’s technically part of our digestive system because it acts as a final barrier between what we eat and the internal working of our body, and it is easy to see it as the connection between the digestive and cardiovascular systems.
One of our kidneys’ main functions is to remove excess waste and fluids from our bodies. They constantly filter our blood to remove things like drugs and waste from the bloodstream, they release hormones that balance blood pressure, and they work to keep the fluid balanced throughout our bodies. The kidneys are the connection between the cardiovascular system and the urinary system.
With the liver and kidneys together, our blood is constantly being sorted through and cleansed. So really, when we talk about taking care of our blood, the most effective way to do that, is to take care of the organs that keep blood in check.
7 Ways to Help Keep Your Blood Healthy
Yes, I said it and it might be the most obvious thing, but maybe not. We’re made up of roughly 70-80% water and if we don’t replenish that water, it has to be used and filtered through over and over again. Our kidneys use water to flush out toxins through our urine and if we don’t have enough water in circulation, our kidneys can’t flush the system. This can leave deposits in the kidneys or damage the kidneys over time, making them less effective.
Here’s another obvious thing that has to be said here. Pesticides and herbicides are most often fat soluble. Well, our liver buddy breaks down and absorbs fats to offer nutrients to our bloodstream. If you’re eating food with these (or other) chemicals, they can get into your bloodstream when the fat is broken down. Pesticides are created to have a detrimental effect on living things so if they’re circulating through your body, your liver and kidneys want to break those down and get them out—which adds another job to their plates. Which makes them less efficient to do their other jobs.
3—Enrich Your Diet
You cannot create everything you need to survive internally, which means you need to eat and drink your nutrients. Now, I’m not ever one to tell you to never eat the cake—enjoying your life is a great way to promote your health. But I will tell you to save it for special treats because refined sugar has no good effect. Adding a daily smoothie with greens, switching to grass fed fats, and working to ensure that you’re eating a colorful array of veggies is a great step into getting the nutrients that help balance your blood.
Easy, Delicious Smoothie Recipe
1 cup frozen berries
¼ cup Coconut shreds (or a tablespoon of coconut butter)
1 small can of organic coconut milk
1 big handful of baby spinach or dandelion greens
Blend together until smooth (we use a hand blender)
This is delicious and gives you antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are easy to digest. There is good fat in the avocado and the coconuts products along with potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, C, D, and K. If you wanted to add an organic protein powder, you could do that too.
4—Sanandi’s Hepa-Vital Extract
Coupled with a healthy diet and exercise, the Hepa-Vital Extract is a great way to take care of your blood. It is formulated to help protect your liver and kidneys from toxic agents plus offer them a boost of vital nutrients and stimulation. It helps break through stagnation while offering a helping hand to the cleansing functions of your body. You just put a 20-30 drops in your water three times a day and let it get to work.
5—Reduce Systemic Inflammation.
This one is cyclic and it makes a big difference. In its simplest explanation, inflammation is just blood being directed to a specific place to bring extra nutrients. So when we stub our toes or get a bug bite, our bodies send blood to an area to rush specific healing nutrients there—that’s a good thing. However, if you’re not drinking enough water, eating a diet that isn’t right for your body, not exercising, or on a drug (prescribed or otherwise), your body can sense that something is wrong, produces those same healing nutrients, and tries to send them… to no place in particular, and you wind up with chronic systemic inflammation.
Note: This is where we tend to see blood pressure issues and imbalanced cholesterol levels. Although concerning in their own right, these are often symptoms of a larger systemic issue and cannot be healed without balancing out the diet, exercise, and inflammatory response first.
Find a way to move your body. Exercise helps increase circulation, which is a natural workout for your heart muscle, and helps move stagnated blood to be cleaned, reoxygenated, and remineralized.
You don’t need to run a marathon and you don’t need to follow a rigid exercise routine. Just find what works for you and do it—whether that’s a walk in the woods, dancing in your bedroom, or going to the gym—make it fun, and make it yours, just get up and move at least 2 times a week (more if you can!).
This one is more closely related to skin and lymph systems, but it has to do with toxic buildup so it’s here. One of the places that your body stores toxic buildup is your lymph system, which doesn’t have a circulation pump like the heart. On this same note, one of the places the blood deposits toxins to remove them from the body is the skin. Dry brushing nourishes two birds with one stone. It takes off dead skin so the body can push toxins out more effectively, and it stimulates the lymph so that they can work to remove toxic agents through the bloodstream.
How do you focus on the health of your circulation? Tell us in the comments!