Contributor: Nutrition Counselor Ling Ai
Blood is the 6th detoxification system of our body. In Western Medicine, blood is composed of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, nutrients, other proteins, electrolytes and water. Its main functions are distributing hormones, carrying oxygen and energy (glucose) and supporting the immune system. Its white blood cells have antibodies which defend us from infections and foreign bodies, while platelets help the blood to clot (coagulate) when we are bleeding. It also regulates our acidity (pH) levels & our body temperature.
According to Chinese Medicine’s theory, blood is a fundamental substance in the body. Blood nourishes and moistens the whole body, particularly the brain, eyes, hair, joints, muscles, skin & tendons. Many aging issues are due to Blood Deficiency such as hair loss because hair growth is dependent on the quality and abundance nourishing Blood. Taking the right diet & supplements by identifying the blood’s imbalances is one way to help eliminate toxic substances from the blood and improve blood’s health holistically.
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