Blood Health

The health of your blood affects body function and response to stress. The blood is made up of living tissue containing liquids and solids. The liquid part that contains water, salts and protein is called plasma. The solid part contains red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

Keeping your blood healthy is essential to the smooth functioning of your organs. A blood disorder can affect one or more blood parts. Some blood disorders are inherited, some are chronic while others are acute. Some are caused by other diseases, the result of medications and a lack of sufficient nutrients in the diet. Blood disorders can be further aggravated by lifestyle choices such as eating too much, stress, smoking and drinking alcohol.

There are many blood disorders but they typically fall into four categories: anaemia where the blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of the body; bleeding or clotting problems was how the blood clots are affected; cancers such as leukaemia and myeloma; and white blood cell dysfunction known as eosinophilic disorders.

Eating foods that help in blood flow and circulation can reduce and eliminate some blood disorders while improving your blood health significantly. This includes cayenne pepper, pomegranate, onions, cinnamon, garlic, fatty fish, beets, turmeric, leafy greens, walnuts, tomatoes, berries and ginger. Exercise also helps a great deal, by stimulating blood flow and improving vasodilation. Also avoiding lifestyle choices that harm your blood’s health such as overeating, smoking, drinking too much and minimizing stress where possible.

There are several supplements that can also aid in cleaning the blood, increasing oxygen flow and improving circulation, which helps in delivering oxygen more quickly throughout the body.