If you want to improve your energy, protect against disease and illness or slow down the clock when it comes to aging; then understanding how your cells work and supporting their function should be your priority. This way you’ll be getting to the very root of your biology and improving your vitality throughout your entire system.
Blood cells are the basic units of life, they are tiny, microscopic structures in the body. There is different type of blood cells, and these cells have eight functions in the body, and they work together to create tissue, which makes up our organs, like the heart, lungs, and Kidneys, who are capable of performing fundamental functions of life.
The blood is responsible for transporting the cells throughout the body, regulating the temperature in the body and protecting the body from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.
What is Blood?
Well, the short answer is BLOOD IS LIFE. You lose too much blood you will go into shock, and you can die. Blood is a body fluid in humans that delivers necessary substances such as nutrients and oxygen to our cells, blood also transport metabolic waste products away from the cells. Each human has about 1.2 – 1.5 gallon of blood in their body and blood is approximately 10% of an adult’s weight.
The 3 main functions of our Blood:
1. Transportation: Our blood transport nutrients and oxygen to and from our cells. (Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells, Platelets)
2. Protection: Our Blood protects us from the threat of infections and disease-causing bacteria. (White Blood Cells)
3. Regulation: Our blood regulates our body temperature, and it controls our PH balance. The blood also regulates levels of salt and water required by the cells to function appropriately, and lastly our blood regulates our blood pressure.
The Components of the blood:
1. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood
2. White Blood cells: these are our fighter cells, which helps with immunity against infections
3. Red Blood Cells: These carry oxygen through the body as it is pumped from the heart. Our organs need oxygen to live, or they die. Red Blood Cells travel quickly through the vessels and arteries to do their job.
4. Lastly, we have Platelets, and these are the smallest components or parts of the blood, and because they are so small, they travel close to the walls of the vessels. Platelets stick together if there’s no free flow, for example if there is plaque or cholesterol on the walls of the vessels, platelets will stick together and form a clot and over time clots lead to strokes, aneurysms, and massive heart attacks.
Another example of how platelets stick together is when you cut yourself and add pressure to the area to stop the bleeding, well a scab eventually forms, those are platelets in the form of dead blood cells. A scab is dead, clotted, blood cells created to stop the flow of the blood.
How to Improve the Health of your Blood Cells
Let’s talk a little about how to improve the health of our blood cells so that we are preventing diseases, increasing our energy, and functioning better physically. Again, everything is made from a living cell, there are bone cells, blood cells, heart, lungs, Kidney, and Pancreas cells. Everything originates from a cell, so keeping the cell nourished is very important.
Water: The entire cell is actually made of around 70% water. That’s why we are made of 70% water, and it’s why it’s so important that we drink plenty throughout the day in order to be healthy and operate optimally.
Omega Fatty Acids:
Another way to improve cell health is to eat omega 3 fatty acid. This is because fats are used to form cell membranes, and omega 3’s structure provides a highly flexible form of fat that allows for other compounds to be transferred more easily in and out of the cells. In short, omega 3 can improve cell fluidity, it helps the nutrients easily enter the cell.
Antioxidants in our diet can neutralize free radicals, so that they are eliminated when they come into contact. Free radicals are damaged cells who have the ability to cause Cancer and other life-threatening diseases in our bodies, but there are many great antioxidants that has the ability to help healthy cells destroy free radicals, which include things like vitamin C, vitamin E and flavonoids. Getting these in your diet is one of the best ways to improve cell health.
I also want to add that you can avoid damage from free radicals by preventing them from occurring in the first place. This can be achieved by avoiding cigarette smoke, sunburn and other toxins that wage war on the surface of our cells and can potentially lead to serious problems if they reach the DNA.
A healthy diet and lifestyle, as well as some targeted supplementation, it is possible to protect the cells and ensure that they perform optimally. As a result, you’ll see a cascading effect throughout your entire body that ultimately results in more energy, better health and fewer illnesses.
Now, let’s wrap this up:
Being physically active and eating a diet rich in fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, whole grain, and nuts according to Genesis 1:29, which says, Then GOD said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the earth and every tree that has fruit with seed, they shall be your food.” Eating this diet and taking supplements as needed will significantly lower your risk of diseases like obesity which is the mother to many chronic diseases, heart disease, and premature death.
I Challenge you to take the next 21 days and eat 6-10 fruits and vegetables combined per day to begin the process of improving your diet and physical health.