The Circulatory System…

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Our Amazing Super Highway

By Steve Marmor

Our body’s cells require a continuous supply of food, oxygen and hydration.  At the same time, carbon dioxide and other waste materials produced by the cells must be picked up for removal from the body.

Enter the circulatory system—a vast network of 60,000 miles of blood vessels, powered by a muscular heart. The smallest of these vessels, our capillaries, are only one cell thick (5 microns), which enables the interchange of water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients and waste products from the blood and surrounding tissues.

Lifestyle Changes for Heart Health

Lower your risk of heart disease by implementing lifestyle changes…

  1. Do what you can to maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Consume fresh fruits ( especially those containing polyphenols—pomegranates, blueberries, rasberries, green tea ), vegetables, onions and garlic.
  3. Eat cold-water fish and supplement with omega 3’s and other essential fatty acids.
  4. Drink more water and eat more fiber.
  5. Exercise regularly; making sure to get some aerobic exercize (walking, rowing, etc.).
  6. Get sufficient sleep. Sleep can lower your risk or coronary artery calcification.
  7. Stop smoking if you are a smoker.
  8. Lower your stress (meditation, yoga, herbs for the nerves and heart).


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