Blood - it’s that omnipresent fluid that is literally the juice of life.
Without it our cells will cease, our organs falter and our bodies fail to function.
Its importance boils down to one vital reason: it delivers oxygen to every one of cells. And without oxygen, our cells die.
However, sometimes it is not necessarily our blood that is the problem, but the system by which blood is delivered to our organs.
The blood circulation system is made up of the heart, the lungs, arteries, veins and capillaries. And in order to maintain a healthy blood circulation, it is important that all components of this system and working well.
A Brief History
The first description of the movement of blood goes back to the 2nd century A.D. by a Roman physician named Galen.
Galen gained knowledge through animal dissections and understood the importance of a pulse and that blood moved around the body, but his theories of circulation were riddled with mistakes. For example, he thought that the liver made blood for the veins and the heart made blood for the arteries.
Our current knowledge of blood circulation did not come way later until the 17th century when an English physician named William Harvey described what we now know as double circulation.
It is called double circulation because the blood passes through the heart twice before completing a full cycle: once to the lungs where the blood becomes oxygenated before being pumped once again via the heart to the rest of the body.
Points at which the system can falter:
The blood circulation system consist of many different parts. Like a good plumber, it is important to recognize the points at which the system can fail.
Heart: The pump that is center to the entire circulatory system. Without a good pump, blood is not effectively delivered to the rest of our bodies.
Lungs: What is the use of blood being pumped around the body if it is not properly oxygenated? In order to deliver sufficient oxygen to our organs we need our blood to be sufficiently oxygenated as well.
Arteries: The blood vessels that deliver oxygenated blood to our organs. They are typically thick walled to exert enough pressure to deliver blood to our vital organs. However, sometimes the blood flow through these arteries are obstructed because of buildup of cholesterol and unwanted plaques.
Capillaries: These are the tiny and almost microscopic blood vessels where arteries meet veins. Think of it as the exchange centers where oxygen leaves the arteries and carbon dioxide enter the veins. However, due to their microscopic nature, they are prone to leaks and vessel wall damage, for example, from excess blood sugar affecting the capillaries in your eyes.
- Veins: In contrast to arteries, veins are thin walled and exert a low pressure. They’re responsible for bringing deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Due to their low pressure, they sometimes have trouble pushing blood against gravity (especially in your legs!) so they rely on valves to prevent the backflow of blood.
So why is it so important to have a healthy blood circulation?
Simply put, our organs need blood to survive. Not only does blood deliver oxygen to our cells, it also carries many vital nutrients too.
A poor blood circulation is often associated with many conditions. Improving blood circulation can therefore promote:
- Better vision
- Better ‘pump’ when working out
- Improved energy and well being
- Better exercise tolerance and endurance
- Improved libido
That wraps up our first article on blood circulation and why it’s so important to maintain a healthy blood circulation. In our next article, we’re going to give you some tips on how to keep a healthy blood circulation.
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