The Road to Healthy Blood

The Road to Healthy Blood

Blood is essential to our health, and supporting your body to have healthy blood is an excellent goal. It is necessary to ensure that your body is appropriately supported to create healthy blood cells and move them throughout the body.

You must keep your blood healthy to improve your immunity, increase your energy and well-being, and be healthier overall. Fortunately, there are attainable steps you can take to achieve this goal. 

Eat a Healthy Diet for Healthy Blood

Eating foods full of vitamins, iron, and minerals can help support the production of healthy blood cells, especially hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a substance that allows red blood cells to deliver oxygen to your body’s cells. 

Dietary iron is abundant in animal-based foods like seafood and meat, but plant sources include lima beans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, almonds, white potatoes, and tomato puree.

Eating enough high-quality meats, vegetables, and fruits is essential to get enough antioxidants and other things your body needs to remain healthy. 

Stay Properly Hydrated for Healthy Blood

Consuming enough clean and fresh water during the day is imperative to support your overall health, but it’s critical for the health of your blood. When you are dehydrated, your blood volume decreases, increasing your blood pressure and heart rate. 

It also causes your blood to become thicker, making it harder for your heart to pump the blood and circulate it through your body because it retains sodium.

Drinking a large glass of water in the morning, before or after exercise, and a proper amount throughout the day can help prevent dehydration and allow your blood to flow better. 

Cook With More Spices for Healthy Blood

Many spices contain components that help support healthy blood circulation. Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper may be excellent spices for your cooking. These spices can help reduce plaque buildup in your arteries, increase circulation, and improve blood vessel strength.

While garlic isn’t technically a spice, it positively impacts heart health and circulation. Adding more of these spices into your diet can help support proper circulation. 

Move Your Body for Healthy Blood

Exercise helps your body move fluids throughout, especially blood and lymph, which are essential to your health. When blood and lymph move throughout the body, they help support detoxification as the lymph flows and drains, and the blood circulates.

When you exercise, your heart rate increases which helps to pump blood throughout your body. 

Another way to move lymph and stimulate blood flow in the body is to do a technique called dry brushing.

Brushes are made specifically for this, and you always want to start at your feet and work upwards toward your heart using long strokes on your arms and legs. 

Drink Dandelion Tea for Healthy Blood

Your liver’s primary role is removing toxins, including your blood. Dandelion is one of the most common herbs to help support your liver. You can make dandelion tea using flowers, leaves, or roots, but it is the root that contains most of the compounds that help support your liver.

Many people enjoy making dandelion root tea as a substitute for coffee, and they add in milk and a sweetener and make a latte. Swapping your morning coffee for a dandelion root latte can help support your overall health and positively impact your blood’s health. 

Work With Dr. Leo

Working with a doctor like Dr. Leo can be very beneficial if you have concerns about your blood health. Dr. Leo can run bloodwork to determine the overall state of your blood and help support you through your health journey. Give us a call to schedule your first appointment. We are located at 6321 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852, in the Executive office park. 

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Dr. L. J. Leo

Dr. Leo began his education at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he earned his doctorate in osteopathy. He completed his internal medicine residency through the U.S. Army and had the honor of serving multiple overseas tours before retirement.

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