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How to Build Better Blood

You can’t live without blood. Even vampires know this. But can you live without healthy blood? You can – but maybe not for as long as you’d like. Blood is the fuel for every cell, tissue, gland and organ you have. Building better blood can lengthen your life, and keep you healthier.

Actions for Better Blood:
  • Read labels. Read the labels on your lotions, creams and cosmetics. Those chemicals you can’t pronounce may be absorbed directly through your skin and into your blood. Switch to herbal, organic or other products with ingredients you recognize.
  • Move. The best way to build oxygen-rich blood is to exercise. It helps your heart pump more efficiently and gives you the oxygenated blood for all the things you want to be doing.
  • Nix the toxic air freshener. Think of air fresheners as chemical dispersion devices. The cancer-causing ingredients, male hormone disrupters and other bad stuff they contain can seep directly into your blood after you breathe in the ingredients.
  • Quit smoking. You know this. Smoking pollutes your blood.
  • Take deep breaths. Breathing deeply brings more oxygen into your lungs and returns it directly into your blood.

    Nutrition for Better Blood: 
    • Aloe vera juice. Aloe vera juice is a natural blood booster. It cleanses arteries and is anti-inflammatory. It’s rich in amino acids, enzymes, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. This is all good stuff that your body needs. You can buy it at GNC, CVS and other major retailers.
    • B-vitamin supplement. Vitamins B-6, B-12 and folate can lower the amount of homocysteine (linked to clogged arteries and heart disease) in your blood.
    • Dandelion root. Whether picked from your neighbor’s yard (unless they spray), or bought at the local co-op, these weeds are one of the best blood builders on earth. Add it to soups or stews, or boil the root in water and make a tea.
    • Eat a more alkaline diet. Your blood’s pH is naturally 7.365; however soda, meat and processed foods form acids. Switch to alkaline fruits (apple, banana, berries, cantaloupe, grapes, melon, lemon, orange, peach, pear, watermelon), vegetables, lentils, nuts, seeds and grains like buckwheat, quinoa and spelt.
    • Fabulous fiber. Studies show that a diet high in soluble fiber is effective in eliminating plaque buildup in the arteries. There is fiber in many of the alkaline foods you should be eating anyway.
    • Green food. Plant chlorophyll in veggies is similar to the hemoglobin molecule in our blood. Increase your greens such as kale, spinach, broccoli and other yummy green vegetables and boost your blood’s health.
    • Heat things up. Cayenne pepper stimulates cardiovascular activity and lowers blood pressure. Spice up your meals with cayenne seasoning.
    • Iron. Iron is the center of the hemoglobin molecule in your blood. Pregnant women, pre-menopausal women and others may have iron deficiencies. Too much iron isn’t good either, so be cautious or get your levels tested before taking any iron supplements. A safe bet is to eat iron-rich foods such as lentils, kidney beans, prunes, green vegetables, beef and bison (in moderation).
    • Love your legumes. Rich in fiber and nutrients, beans and legumes help eliminate harmful cholesterol (LDL) and lower triglycerides.
    • Sarsaparilla root. This root is at the root of the flavor of old-fashioned root beer. It contains compounds that attack and neutralize the bad microbial substances in the bloodstream.
    • Water. Blood is largely made up of water, so drink more water to replenish your blood.

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