Principle of Health #3: What’s Blood Got To Do With It?

A Vial of Blood

A Tube of Blood

A principle is a rule, truth, or law that never changes.  There are many principles for good health, but this blog will only cover 7 of them.  We’ve already introduced two:   

Principle #1: Man Comes In 3D  [Feb. 1, 2013]

Principle #2:  The Force Is With You [May 31, 2013]

Principle #3:  To have good health a person must have good  blood.  

What is blood?  It is living material, pumped by the heart, throughout the body at about 6 quarts per minute or 2,000 gallons per day.  It is part fluid [plasma], and part cells [red and white blood cells, and platelets], and other substances.  The blood cells and platelets have very specific work to do.  For example, red cells carry oxygen, nourishment, and water; white cells identify and fight off enemies; and platelets help stop bleeding [clotting]. 

Every human being has the same blood cells, but we each have a different blood type – A, B, AB, or O.  And these blood types each carry an Rh positive or Rh negative sign [important for blood transfusions].

So, what does blood have to do with good health?  A lot.  If blood stops, life stops.  Blood is the stream that carries life and strength to every part of the body, and takes away wastes and impurities.  The quality of our health [good or bad] depends on the quality of our blood.  And taking a simple blood test [CBC: complete blood count] can tell a lot about a person’s blood and health.  I saw this clearly in 1982 .

As a nursing student, volunteering at a professor’s community health screening program, I was able to get a free blood test.  My results showed an abnormal platelet count.  I didn’t feel sick or have symptoms until 1983!  Blood tests are useful in detecting problems, giving us a chance to seek help, long before symptoms show up.

If we want good health we must have good blood.  And we build our blood by the things we put in our bodies.  What we eat, drink, and breathe provide the raw materials to feed and build cells.  And the cells then help build up the body. 

Some things make good blood like fresh air; water; and the vitamins and minerals in simply prepared fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans.  And some things make impure blood like caffeine [in soda, coffee, tea, chocolate, energy drinks, etc.], and too much pork and other meats, and sea-foods [can contain high saturated fat; bacteria; parasites; mercury; and more]. 

And it’s not just the blood that is important, but its ability to move around the body through miles of blood vessels [arteries, veins, capillaries, etc.].  This is called the circulation.  The better the circulation, the better the blood can do its work.  But sadly, some things make for poor circulation.  For example:

  1. Eating too much fat can clog blood vessels and slow blood flow to the brain and body;

  2. Eating too much sugar makes red blood cells clump together, making it hard for them to pass through tiny blood vessels;

  3. Wearing tight clothing around the chest, abdomen, and waist interferes with proper breathing.  Circulation is improved when we breathe deeply – especially of fresh air.

  4. Not drinking enough plain water makes blood thick and run slow;

  5. Not enough regular exercise will lead to poor circulation.  And disease follows poor circulation.  But exercise speeds up and balances the circulation.   Whatever physical shape anyone is in, we must do some form of regular exercise.  Move what we can and the body will respond;

  6. And not breathing deeply of enough fresh air.  Fresh air helps purify blood and fill it with oxygen – which is needed by every part of the body.  

*FYI: Sunlight and helping others increases blood circulation.  Incredible, but true.

I can no longer afford to take my blood for granted and treat it any old way.  It’s way too important.  Every day I must be determined not put anything in my body that will not make the best blood.  My present and future health [and yours too] depends on what the blood carries in it!

That’s all for now.  See you next time.

 

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s