The human being is an incredible construction. Those from Rene Descartes and his mind-body dualism to Julien Offray de La Mettrie, have described the man as a machine.
La Mettrie was able to picture the organism as a genuinely self-moving, inherently purposive mechanism, a mechanism in which every single part works together. Every single detail is so important and connected. Every construction has an owner - us. that's why we need to take care of every single part of our body. We need to deliver the right dose of vitamins and minerals to make our machine work well.
Let's start with the very important and very complex system which is known as the circulatory system, also known as the cardiovascular system.
If we look at it from a visual perspective, we will see a body-wide network full of blood, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. But we have to remember that the Circulatory System is responsible for transporting materials throughout the entire body. The heart lies at the centre of this system.
Veins, which carry blood to the heart and arteries, which carry blood away from the heart, are our tunnels of life. Both are in the form of tubes composed of four layers which need to be elastic, healthy and strong to transport blood.
To maintain flexibility and prevent damage to the walls of the veins and keep our heart in good shape we need a varied diet rich in vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin: A, Beta-carotene, C, E, B1, B6, B12.
Minerals: Selenium, zinc, potassium, magnesium, iron
Herbs and supplements: Butcher's Broom
There is nothing better than a cup of warm water in the morning, to warm up and hydrate our bodies after getting out of bed. Warm water is beneficial to digestion and enhances our blood circulation.
All of us are familiar with the saying "we are what we eat."
That is why one of the best ways to strengthen the circulatory system and our heart, is to pack our bodies with nutritious food.
Let's start with the homemade breakfast:
- Handful of blueberries (45g) + raspberries (45g) + strawberries (45g)
(which are a good source of Vitamin C - which plays an important role in ensuring that blood flows freely throughout the body, Beta-carotene, magnesium and calcium.)
- 50g Quinoa flakes
which is a good source of plant-based protein and dietary fibres; http://vegetarian.about.com/od/healthnutrition/tp/protein.htm
- 50g Oats
which is a good source of fibre, magnesium and vitamin B1
- 10g chopped Walnuts
which contain Vitamin E, potassium, calcium, iron and the plant-based omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (which is anti-inflammatory and may prevent the formation of pathological blood clots
Then a lunch/dinner that is rich in:
- Marine fish is a good source of Omega 3. Omega 3 protects the heart from disease and lowers the amount of cholesterol in the blood)
- Black rice, which is sometimes known as “forbidden rice” or “longevity rice,” contains 18 amino acids, zinc, copper and carotene Brown Rice, is a good source of iron, zinc, magnesium, B3, B5, B6, and B9 (folic acid)
- Vegetables such as carrot
- Paprika, which is a good source of Beta-carotene (which has powerful free-radical scavengers that help the circulatory system and cholesterol levels.), Vitamin C, potassium and calcium.)
You will not have a healthy body if you don't care about your physical condition. A simple daily workout such as walking or swimming supports the cardiovascular system, keeps your blood flowing smoothly and therefore decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Alcohol and cigarettes:
Unfortunately, even though one glass of red wine per week is thought to be beneficial, if we will drink more than this our health will be at risk. Alcohol can increase your blood pressure as well as increase the risk for heart muscle disease.
Not just alcohol,but after a long time, smoking can lead us to chronic diseases of the blood vessels, blood clots and heart attacks.
"The Food Doctor" by Ian Marber, Vicki Edgson
"Prescription for nutritional healing" by Phyllis A. Balch, James F. Balch
"Man a machine" by Julien Offray de La Mettrie
Diet and Nutrition Advisor course by the Centre of Excellence online course, 2015
“Healing with whole foods" by Paul Pitchford
The article is only illustrative and does not exhaust the special issues related to the main topic. The information contained herein should not be the basis to carry out self-diagnosis or self-treatment. If you suspect any of these conditions then this information cannot be considered medical advice and must not replace visiting a doctor.