In my two most recent blog posts, I’ve talked about two lifestyle factors that can improve blood pressure and general circulation (hydration and exercise), but I wanted to give you one more tip related to good circulation.
When it comes to good circulation, our goal is to get our blood flowing through ALL of our blood vessels, all the way down to our capillaries (those microscopic blood vessels that transfer nutrients, hormones, waste and gases).
When our blood is pumped from the heart, it is moving very quickly. By the time this same blood gets all the way out to our capillaries, it has lost a lot of speed and is moving rather slowly.
It is only because it is moving slowly in the capillary beds that it can transfer nutrients and hormones between these small blood vessels. This exchange of nutrients is why it is so important for blood to be flowing to the capillary beds (and also through them)!
The problem lies in the fact that each of our capillaries is TWO micrometers wide, while our red blood cells are SEVEN micrometers wide.
You’re probably wondering how our red blood cells (and therefore, our blood!) can fit down into our capillaries if the cells are bigger than the capillaries themselves.
The answer is…with water and oil!
This needed oil comes from healthy oils in our diet such as olive oil, flax seed oil, coconut oil and avocado oil, but also from high fat foods such as avocado, coconut, raw nuts and seeds and egg yolks.
If you or someone you know is struggling with high blood pressure or any circulatory condition, I highly recommend working more healthy fats and oils into your diet.
There are several indications in the blood that reveal whether or not a client has enough healthy fats and oils. If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to improve your circulation (or to improve your overall health, for that matter!), having a live blood cell screening would be a great place to start.
I would love to help you accomplish all your wellness goals in 2017! Don’t let 2017 get away from you; schedule your live blood cell screening today!
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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