Your vascular system has 100,000 km (60,000 miles) of blood vessels—including arteries, veins, and tiny capillaries. If you were to lay out all the capillaries, they would account for 75% of the total length of all the blood vessels.
Putting this into perspective, the circumference of the Earth is about 40,000km (25,000 miles). That means one person’s blood vessels could wrap around the planet 2.5 times!
Circulation in capillaries is referred to as microcirculation, an extremely important part of your health. This is where nutrient-waste exchange happens.
Capillaries are the smallest and most numerous blood vessels in the human body (ranging from 5 to 10 micrometers in diameter (1/3000th inch) and numbering around 10 billion).
Capillaries are the thinnest walled vessels. That’s because the capillary’s primary function is to permit the exchange of materials between cells in tissues and the blood. Small molecules (e.g., O2, CO2, sugars, amino acids, and water) are relatively free to enter and leave capillaries readily, promoting efficient exchange of nutrients and waste.
Every organ and system in your body depends upon proper blood flow. We need to take care of our blood vessels!
6 Reasons to optimize your blood vessel function:
- Arterial Elasticity: Hardened arteries are a threat to your heart, while increased elasticity is protective.
- Energy and Performance: Improved nutrient delivery enhances cells’ ability to make energy.
- Clearer Thinking: Optimum brain function depends on proper blood flow.
- Sexual Vitality: Blood flow is the key to lasting sexual health.
- Greater Comfort: Improved blood flow means warmer hands and feet.
- More Youthful Appearance: With proper blood flow, your skin, hair, and eyes will have better color and health.
What can you do to help your blood vessels?
- Sleep. Get 7-8 hours of quality sleep!
- Exercise often. Walk for 30 minutes daily at a pace that gets you to break a little sweat. This trains your blood vessels to dilate and constrict as needed.
- Eat healthy. Eat plenty of colourful vegetables and fruits containing amazing polyphenols to keep your vessels healthy and pliable.
- Calm your stress level. Use relaxation techniques to maintain blood pressure.
- Maintain social interactions. Laughter with friends and family helps to balance hormones that impact your blood pressure.
- Use a BEMER (not the car…this is a medical device). BEMER PEMF signals help to optimize health by increasing nutrient and oxygen exchange in the capillaries.
- Work closely with your doctor and other health care providers if you have high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels. These conditions may cause further damage your blood vessels.
Your blood vessels are the lines of life. Treat it well and stay healthy!