Keeping your blood healthy allows you to feel your best but, more importantly, can also save your life. Your blood circulates constantly, traversing the body a full three times every minute. Knowing about this material is an essential way of safeguarding it from toxins and ensuring you run at optimal levels.
6 Important Facts About Our Blood
1. It Completes Many Tasks
material is comprised of four parts: platelets, plasma, and red (hemoglobin) and white (leukocyte) cells. Each is integral to completing a variety of tasks, including:
- Moving nutrients and oxygen to lungs and tissues
- Transporting antibodies and cells that fight infections
- Delivering waste products to the liver and kidneys
- Regulating body temperature
Precision Is Key
Because of its unique composition, 45% cells and 55% plasma, blood is classified as a fluid connective tissue. The non-living component, plasma, is mostly water and suspends the living cells, including platelets, so they can circulate throughout the body. This precise combination keeps us alive; cells - including those in the brain - cannot survive without oxygen and other nourishing elements.
2. Aids Immune System Functions
We often think of the immune system as an isolated component of the body, but it is spread throughout and encompasses many tissues, organs, and cells. This network is sophisticated enough to distinguish between foreign and body tissue; dead and/or faulty cells are likewise acknowledged and swept away.
are the most important players in immune functions. Made in bone marrow, they constantly search for foreign invaders like fungi, viruses, and parasites. Once they spot a target, they multiply and signal other cells to do the same. This defensive line is essential to our health and allows us to live in a world where bacteria thrive.
Today, we hear a lot about compromised and weakened immunity. This essentially means you can actively improve your own immune responses to stave off disease. Aim for seven hours of sleep every night and eat whole plant foods like fruits and vegetables.
Getting the nutrients you need from diet alone, however, is difficult. Our Blood Builder Plus Immune Simulator contains ingredients that improve iron levels. Its carefully chosen herbs are also rich in oxygen to invigorate the body and encourage strong, healthy cells.
3. It Relies on Iron
The body is designed to renew itself, and likewise, produces hemoglobin on a routine basis. In fact, 2 million red cells are created every second. This may sound like a lot, but your body requires far more than this to function. Iron is the primary component behind new hemoglobin production. It binds to a protein called transferrin to create these vital red cells. This connection is so important that around 70% of your body's iron levels exist in hemoglobin alone.
A Common Problem
your body lacks the iron necessary to produce hemoglobin, oxygen doesn't efficiently move from the lungs to other tissues. This condition is known as anemia and eaves you feeling weak, tired, and unable to perform daily tasks. More than two billion people globally are diagnosed with anemia, and in the U.S., more than 3 million people. These numbers equate to over 30% of the world's population.
4. Average Cell Counts Help Determine Your Health
age and gender factor into your hemoglobin levels, but a healthy range is 11 to 18 grams per deciliter (g/dL). If you are outside of this, do not worry; 7 to 8 (g/dL) is still considered safe.
Vegan Iron Sources
Surprisingly, it is not that difficult to get your full daily serving of iron. There are plenty of vegan options! You might consider legumes, which includes (Non-GMO/organic) soybeans, peas, lentils, and chickpeas. Additional iron sources include:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Fortified breakfast cereal
- Dried apricots and figs
5. Herbs Can Purify and Boost Iron Levels
A healthy blood flow is one that is strong and pure. Toxins need to be eliminated so hemoglobin and leukocytes can deliver oxygen, sweep away waste, and fight illness and disease. But the key question is, how do you go about this purification process?
With herbs. Alfalfa leaf, for instance, contains roots that reach deep into the earth where essential nutrients can be found. When taken regularly, it can improve kidney function and reduce inflammation. Barberry root similarly nourishes the liver and builds hemoglobin. Bee pollen provides energy throughout purification processes, and burdock root removes acid (mucous). You can find all these herbs and more in our “Daily Preventive and Maintenance” formula.
Bridge the Iron Gap
Herbs can also be used to bridge the gap between current and healthy hemoglobin levels. Dandelion, parsley, and nettle are equally rich in iron and other nutrients. At the top of this list, however, is chlorophyll, known for its high content of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, K, E, and beta-carotene. It is also a valuable source of iron, a benefit you can harness with from our “Liquid Chlorophyll.”
6. Clots Sometimes Form
Clotting is an essential measure that stops bleeding when you cut or tear your skin. But some clots are dangerous and impede blood flow; these develop without a trigger - such as an injury - and are commonly associated with prolonged sitting, pregnancy, obesity, and certain health conditions.
In addition to recommendations from your doctor, you can make lifestyle changes that will decrease your risks of developing clots. Chief among these is quitting smoking. You should also exercise every day, avoid sitting for extended periods, and lower your blood pressure through diet by reducing your salt and sugar intake.
Your blood is a vital component of your health and deserves the same attention as any other organ, including your heart and lungs. For more information about the benefits of herbs, and to order any of the products mentioned here, contact Common Sense™ Products today.