Sunday, March 6, 2016

Healthy Blood, Healthy Body

The Cirulatory system is hugely important for overall health. It’s job is to carry needed nutrients to the tissues, and carry metabolic wastes out. The three main parts are:
  • Heart—the pump
  • Arteries and Veins—the pipes
  • Blood—the liquid medium
The focus for this article will be the blood. Human blood is made up of plasma and other parts:
  • Anti-body proteins—fight pathogens
  •  Red blood cells(Erythrocytes)—carry oxygen and carbon dioxide
  • White blood cells(Leukocytes)—fight micro-organisms and cancer cells
  • Platelets—bone marrow cell products that clot blood
Blood makes up about 8% of an adult’s body weight. All of the metabolic processes we have discussed in previous articles hinge on effective transport by the bood:
  • Nutrient dissemination from digestive tract 
  • Hormone distribution from glands
  • Tissue Ph
  • Waste removal for detoxification
  • and more
Obviously, without healthy blood it’s hard to be healthy. Some common disorders of the blood include:
            * Anemia
            * Lupus
            * Lymphoma
            * Leukemia

Instead of focusing on relieving the SYMPTOMS of these, lets look at some potential underlying CAUSES:
  • Vitamin/Mineral Deficiencies from SAD diet (standard American diet) specifically B Vitamins because they enable iron use—which is critical for oxygen carrying capability in red blood cells. Again, you get what you pay for…if you currently take a vitamin synthesized in a lab (these are cheap) I challenge you to see how you feel after taking a whole food or naturally sourced vitamin (these aren’t cheap).
  • PH imbalance
  • Low HCL (stomach acid)/Enzymes (SAD diet and overuse of OTC antacids)
  • Food Allergies or Sensitivities
  • Any Toxin (Meds, Chemicals, Heavy Metals, Vaccinations, Viral, Bacterial, Fungal)
  • Lymphatic, Spleen or Liver stress or weakness
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Lack Of Hydration (remember we’re mostly water—water quality matters!)
  • Genetic predispositions
Want to take some steps to help your blood help you?
  • Hydrate with the best water you can find. Drink ½ your body weight in ounces each day.
  • Improve your diet. Get closer to your food supply. Take advantage of your farmer’s market, get in on a food co-op, or try A healthier diet is not always more expensive—especially if you consider the current costs your health is incurring. Our family considers the Compensation Plan to be Young Living’s best product—because it allows us to afford a higher quality diet, supplements, and products to use in, on, and around our bodies. 
  • Supplement yourself. Going from a SAD diet to a glad diet is a process that takes time as well as effort. As you go, give yourself what you lack. Young Living’s Master Formula, Ningxia Red, and many others (such as Super B) are great supports for some of the above items.
  • Get active. As we saw in the last article with the lymphatics, your body needs exercise and movement to maintain itself.

Speaking of active…It’s a lot easier to do when the weather is nice! A favorite hobby of mine
(Clint), that also happens to be productive exercise, is beekeeping. Like backyard chicken keeping, many municipal codes are becoming more accepting of bees in the city because of their value in food supply security. The agricultural and economic importance of honey bees in the wake of recent colony collapse research has led many cities to promote backyard beekeeping. Check this out if you're interested in starting to keep bees.

I spent an enjoyable and fulfilling afternoon yesterday installing our over-wintered nucleus hives into their new full size hives. Many beekeepers feed their bees in the fall to plus up the bees stores and increase the odds of making it through the winter. Corn syrup should be avoided in my opinion. We have had luck with raw organic sugar (although most sources will say only refined sugar should be used). Our bees have great taste—they like Young Living Essential Oils in their diet too!

Commercial honey bee supplements are not cheap—this DIY supplement is...and it’s a lot better for them!

  •  5 cups water
  • 2 ½ pounds of sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Lecithin granules (Used as an emulsifier-works without)
  • 15 drops Young Living Spearmint oil
  • 15 drops Young Living Lemongrass oil

Bring the water to a boil and integrate the sugar until dissolved. Add lecithin and remove from heat. Once syrup is cool add essential oils and blend for a few minutes. This solution should have a strong scent and not be left open around bees. Cool before using.

To use: Add 1 TBS of essential oil mixture to 1 quart of 1:1 sugar water. Proper 1:1 sugar water is made by mixing 4 lbs. of sugar to 1/2 gallon of water.

This quart concentrate lasts a whole fall season for us.

Young Living Purification oil is a blend that soothes skin discomfort from the expected occasional sting.

Bee keeping is a great combination of carpentry, farming/gardening, and bug study. It’s a good feeling to lay in your own enzyme-rich raw honey and see your garden flourish.

As you can see from the picture, with the pear trees blossoming the bees prefer the real thing to our man made nectar.

One of my favorite reading places is in the shade next to the hive's entrance.  It gives good perspective for my own life to watch the colony diligently foraging, bringing in pollen, defending their hive, and going about life. 

What outdoor activities does Spring awaken for you?  What health goals for you or your family does this season stir in you?

1 comment:

  1. I forgot to mention another use for Young Living Lemongrass Essential Oil--Swarm traps. What's better than bees?...Free bees! Check out the thread: