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Nourish Your Red Blood Cells for Optimum Health

We take so many aspects about our health for granted, including the fact that our body is continuously nourishing and sustaining us silently. However the question that we must ask ourselves is whether or not we are providing the proper foundational nutrition to truly support optimal wellness within the body. The fact is, you can be doing amazingly well when it comes to health habits, yet if you have a missing link, this rate-limiting factor can impede not only your wellness, but can sabotage your overall health. Let’s take a look at an under-appreciated corner stone of your health, your Red Blood Cells (RBCs).

The human blood creates 2.5 million RBCs per second. RBCs carry nutrients and oxygen throughout the body via 60,000 miles of blood vessels delivered via the continuous pumping of the 10-ounce human heart, that pumps some 100,000 times a day without fail.

In order to produce healthy red blood cells, you need to have sufficient Iron, B12 and Folic Acid along with other nutrients. Taking a good multi-vitamin along with extra B12 and Folic Acid, to accompany a good diet will usually provide sufficient fuel to sustain proper RBC production.

Yet, when you go to the doctor and they perform a ‘CBC with Differential’ lab test (a simple blood test that should be done annually), you will want to look at your MCV. Your MCV is the size of your red blood cells. The range is generally 80-100 and the goal should be to have a score of 90. If the number is notably higher than 90, then generally this points to lower than optimal levels of B12 and Folic Acid. If your MCV is lower than 90, it can often point to the possible need for Iron. If that is the case, your doctor will often run a Ferritin test to look at your Iron stores within the body.

In summary, it is essential to nourish your body in order to take care of your health at the microscopic level. This article has been about fine-tuning your red blood cells, future articles will also highlight your immune system and specifically your White Blood Cells (WBCs.) Paying attention to the small things in your body will help ensure that your BIG GOAL of full body wellness will be sustained, maintained and attained. You have to be proactive and take charge of your own health and wellness, because no one else can.

Your Social Circle Can Impact Your Mind and Body – Another Good Reason to Pick your Friends Wisely

Hanging around with friends that stress you out, or being in any social setting that unsettles you, can make you fatter, increase your risk of heart disease, and weaken your immune system.

This is what researchers learned from a recent study of monkeys that were socially stressed. The test subjects developed more fat in the abdominal cavity than the other (less socially stressed) monkeys. This devastating fat accumulation arises in large part from a surge of the stress hormone ‘cortisol’, that is notorious for loading weight in the mid-section.

Let me point out something very critical; the fat growth was in the abdominal cavity, called visceral fat, which is behind the abdominal muscles and surrounds the organs. This is the type of fat that you can’t pinch an inch (or more) of because it is too deep within you. This can literally be a ticking time bomb, as it increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, accelerated weight gain and death. For men, it also increases the risk of getting female weight distribution, breasts and hips.

So, what can a stressed out monkey or human do? First thing to do is de-stress, otherwise you will experience distress, which robs you of your state of “ease” and will create DISEASE. That may mean that when possible, you avoid hanging around with people that bring you down or stress you out. It also means that you should eat better, exercise more, get enough sleep and adopt healthy stress reducing techniques.

Bottomline: Pick your friends wisely so you don’t let stress, especially social stress, get the better of you. Visceral (deep belly fat) is deadly. In fact, for every five-centimeter (about two inches) increase in waist size, death risk rose by 17 percent for males and 13 percent for females.

Men whose waists measured about 40 inches or more had double the risk of dying compared to those who had waists 34 inches or less. Females who had waists 35 inches or more, had a 79 percent increased chance of dying compared to female subjects whose waists were 28 inches or less.

Take charge today and share this message with friends and family. You aren’t the only person feeling the effects of stress.

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