The health of your heart – and actually of your entire body – depends upon a strong network of blood vessels.
From the womb through old age, healthy arteries, capillaries, and veins are essential for optimal functioning of all organs, muscles, and nerves. They fuel and cleanse your body in two ways: efficient nutrient delivery (fuel) and removal of toxins (cleanse/detox). Their main job is to deliver more blood flow where needed or constrict to reduce blood flow when necessary.
The poor condition of your blood vessels can lead to major illness of the heart, including atherosclerosis (clogged or blocked arteries), as well as varicose veins, aneurysm, and other diseases of veins and arteries in the periphery of the body.
TIPS FOR MAINTAINING HEALTHY BLOOD VESSELS
Many of the things you do for the health of your heart are also important for the blood vessels.
The entire circulatory system benefits from exercising aerobically every day, reducing stress and negativity, getting sufficient hours of restful sleep, eating a variety of whole foods, and not smoking.
Specifically, here are ways to maintain healthy blood vessels:
When cooking, use plant based oils such as coconut, olive, and sunflower. Limit your intake of refined sugars. Opt for wild caught fish, organic or free-range poultry, and leaner cuts of grass fed beef. Increase intake of healthy fats such as avocado, nuts and seeds.
Chronic negativity and daily stress take a huge toll on your mind and body, particularly the cardiovascular system.
BREAK A SWEAT
The most important type of exercise for your circulatory system is aerobic, where you’re moving your body rhythmically to increase heart rate, breathing rate, and circulation. You also break a good sweat.
When you’re in the zone for 30 minutes a day, you’ve done your heart, mind, and body a world of good.
SUPPLEMENT YOUR DIET
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and supports the elasticity of the blood vessels.
Anthocyanidins contribute to the robust color of many fruits and veggies and have heart-protective properties.
Bioflavonoids support cell growth and can help reduce inflammation.
Trace minerals such as zinc and copper support the healthy development of the vessels and other tissues in the body.
Start a conversation with your holistic health practitioner about steps you can take to support the health of your blood vessels and all of the vital organs they nourish and protect.
What’s your favorite way to protect your healthy network of blood vessels? Share in the comments below!
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