Circulatory system vs Nutrition:

Human being – incredible construction, since Rene Descartes and his mind-body dualism to Julien Offray de La Mettrie described a man as a machine.  La Mettrie was able to picture the organism as a genuinely self-moving, inherently purposive mechanism- mechanism ( clock) in which every single part works together. Every single detail is so important and connected with another. Every construction has an owner  – us. that’s why we have to care about every single part of our body. We need to deliver the right dose of vitamins and minerals to make our machine working well.

Let’s start from the very important and very complex system which is circulatory system-  Also known as the cardiovascular system.

If we look at it from a visual perspective -following academy picture of circulatory system -we will see a body-wide network, spider web full of blood, blood vessels, and lymph. But we have to remember  The Circulatory System is responsible for transporting materials throughout the entire body. The very important part of that system is a powerful  muscle – Heart

Veins(which carry blood to the heart) and Arteries(which carry blood away from the heart )- our tunnels of life –  Both are in the form of tubes composed of four layers which need to be elastic, health 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 to :

1) 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.

Properly,  all of us are familiar whit maxim: “We are what we eat” – that why one of the best ways to strengthen the circulatory system and our Heart, is continue packing our body with nutrition comes from food.

Let’s start from 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) or 50g Outs, ( which is a good source of the 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 lunch/dinner enrich of :

  • Marine fish ( which are a good source of omega3 ( protect the heart from disease and lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood)
  • Black rice (“forbidden rice” or “longevity rice,”) contains 18 amino acids, zinc, copper and carotene or Brown Rice (which is a good source of iron, zinc, magnesium, B3, B5, B6,  B9 (folic acid))
  • Vegetables as a: carrot and paprika ( which are a good source of Beta-carotene ( which have powerful free-radical scavengers that help circulatory system and cholesterol levels.), Vitamin C, potassium and calcium. )

 2) Exercises

You will not have a healthy body if you don’t care about your condition. The simple daily workout as walking or swimming supports the cardiovascular system, keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

 

3) Alcohol and cigarettes

Forbidden tastes better, unfortunately even if – 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. Can increase your blood pressure as well as  Increase risk for heart muscle disease

Not just alcohol, after a long time smoking can lead us to chronic diseases of the blood vessels, blood clots and heart attacks.

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*”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 *

www.nhs.uk/conditions/cardiovascular-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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.

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