Every day your heart beats over 100,000 times in order to push 2,000 – 5,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries. Astounding, huh? Heart disease is still the number one cause of death for both men and women. Over 600,000Americans die from heart disease each year, accounting for about one out of every four deaths. One-fourth of all Americans suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease.
This is the body system that is responsible for transporting nutrients to the cells and removing waste from the cells. It includes the heart itself which does the pumping. The arteries are living tubes which allow nutrients to be delivered to all parts of the body. The capillaries are the tiniest of the blood vessels which allow the blood to reach even the smallest areas of the body. The veins do the return trip to carry waste from the cells back to the kidneys and lungs.
Problems within this system may be many. Just a few include:
- Cholesterol buildup. Cholesterol is necessary for at least three actions in the body:
- the production of some hormones,
- as a building block for human tissues, and
- assisting in bile production in the liver for digestive purposes.
But too much can clog the arteries and raise blood pressure.
- High blood pressure. Too much pressure can stress the heart and rupture blood vessels among other things.
- Arterial plaque. Besides restricting artery sizes, it can also increase blood pressure and stress the heart.
- Poor circulation through insufficient movement or degenerative vessels can cause restricted blood flow and hardening of the arteries and veins themselves.
- Acne and skin problems. If wastes can’t be removed normally, the body pushes toxins to the skin surface causing skin problems such as rashes, eczema, and so on.
A well-functioning cardiovascular system requires:
- proper nutrients,
- adequate water to keep liquids in the body in balance,
- and exercise to activate the system components and control of stress within the body.
Keep the system in balance and it will serve you well for a full, viable lifetime.
– Randy Lee, ND, Owner, The Health Patch – Alternative Health Clinic and Market, 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC, 736-1030, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit thehealthpatch.com.