Are you “vampire” worthy? You may not want to be!

Before modern medical science, unexplained diseases such as plagues and epidemics seemed to appear without warning or cause. Because of these frightening illnesses “ (P)eople turned instead to the supernatural. Some of these diseases helped spawn one of the most enduring and widespread monster myths in civilisation – the vampire.”
(Source: Stephen Dowling https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20161031-the-real-life-disease-that-spread-the-vampire-myth)

So as I read this, vampires don’t like healthy blood. Healthy blood helps us to minimize our disease potential and therefore, this would be an unattractive asset for vampires! Your body thrives and protects you with healthy blood.

Our blood is a major logistics hauler for our bodies; blood nourishes every cell, tissue and organ. It carries oxygen and nutrients and efficiently removes wastes on the return trip. Healthy blood has normal levels of red blood cells (the oxygen carriers to our cells and deliver carbon dioxide to our lungs), white cells (our immune army) and platelets (our “mortar” to address bleeding).

So what are the normal ranges of these three major components for adults?

● White Blood Cells – varies between 4,300 and 10,800 cells per cubic millimeter of blood
● Red Blood Cells – roughly 20–30 trillion at any given time and make up approximately 70% of all cells by number
● Platelets – they are very small; 150,000-350,000 per micro liter of blood

The connection between our food/beverage intake is often overlooked or not understood. Our body does its best to adapt to whatever we “feed” it. So, wouldn’t it make sense to provide the best possible ingredients to have an efficient “hauling” system allowing the components to be effective with their responsibilities?

Not too long ago I remember trying to understand why alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours after donating blood. Since I usually gave on Fridays and Friday night is a traditional friends eating out night, I didn’t always abide by that suggestion. Since studying nutrition and choice impacts, I either give blood another day or abstain at our Friday night gatherings.

What are some ways to help keep and maintain healthy blood?
Whole foods – try to eat food in its most natural state i.e. avoid foods that are highly processed.
Foods that are high in protein, low in saturated fats, and have complex carbohydrates.

Beverage – water is the best; however, as with food, try to minimize those that are highly processed usually with white/cane) sugar or fructose/corn sugar.
These are choices that are good all around for our bodies, not just our blood.

And, don’t forget to move! Blood circulation works best when there is movement in our day.

Note: picture by Marek Okon, unsplash.com