When you think about your physical health, how often does taking care of your blood come to mind?
We never talk about it! Taking care of our bones, muscles, heart, digestion, and more, yes…but just our blood health, in and of itself?
We don’t hear it mentioned often, yet it should be because red and white blood cells keep your entire body functioning.
Think of your bloodstream like a city’s around-the-clock subway system and your veins as the rails.
Red blood cells transport nutrients, hormones, and oxygen to your entire body while getting rid of toxins like carbon dioxide through your lungs.
Meanwhile, white blood cells, or leukocytes, are the soldiers of your immune system, attacking any disease or infection that crosses their path.
Blood cannot be replaced, so let’s take care of it, shall we? Here are the best ways to keep that blood pumping at its best.
Drinking water keeps blood cells hydrated, which in turn, keeps your blood circulating faster and helps to regulate your blood pressure and heart rate.
Set a reminder in your phone to get at least 64oz of fresh, filtered water per day—you might need even more depending on different health factors and lifestyles. Check out what the Heart Foundation recommends here.
Iron is a huge component of hemoglobin, which is the essential protein in red blood cells. Iron is incredibly essential to your body’s ability to keep all systems operating at their finest, so be sure to eat foods rich in iron.
Even eating nutritious food might not be enough. About 25% of adults worldwide are iron deficient, so consider taking an iron supplement.
Folate and B-12
Folic acid and folate are technically the same vitamin: B9.
Folate is naturally found in foods, while folic acid is the synthetic version. Both are safe and approved by the FDA. Folate is found in whole foods such as leafy greens like spinach and broccoli, chickpeas and kidney beans, liver, and more.
Whether you get B9 through food or supplements, it’s digested, converted into an active form that the body can use, and enters the bloodstream.
B12, on the other hand, is essential for creating new cells, including blood cells. No B-12, and you’ll have a slew of symptoms on your hands.
To make matters worse, B-12 is on the list of most popular vitamin deficiencies. B-12 is mainly found in animal products, which makes vegans and vegetarians especially vulnerable. A great way to bridge the gap is by taking a daily supplement.
Vitamin B12 and B9 work together to help the body process iron and metabolize it, as well as create healthy blood cells. Taking a combination of the three in supplement form helps your blood help YOU, and it’s one of the easiest ways to ensure you’re getting the right amounts.
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