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Blood and Its Function
Blood is the pulse of life and the fluid that makes it all happen. Blood is so significant that it is seen in our language with verbiage such as blood sacrifice, blood brothers, blood relatives etc. Without blood, life ceases to exist.
Red Blood Cells – Red blood cells are the oxygen carriers of the blood, containing hemoglobin which is the oxygen transport system. Hemoglobin contains iron, a necessary ingredient in the capacity of hemoglobin to be able to carry oxygen. If iron is low in the blood, anemia occurs and the ability of blood to carry oxygen is diminished.
White Blood Cells – White blood cells are the infection fighters or soldiers of the blood. They are found in the blood and lymphatic fluid and have the ability to determine what is friend or foe. As white blood cells come in contact with substances that should not be in the blood, such as bacteria, foreign proteins, etc, the white blood cells bring the foreign particle inside the cell and digest it with enzymes. There are about six different types of white blood cells.
Platelets – Platelets are the major contributor to blood clotting at a normal rate. Platelets come together forming a clot anytime there is body trauma or injury. When there are insufficient platelets in the blood a bleeding disorder occurs called Hemophilia. When too many platelets are present, excess clotting occurs which may lead to a stroke or other vascular issues.
Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fats – These three types of substances are the basic nutrients of the blood. They are absorbed into the blood via the digestive system and once in the blood, they travel around supporting the basic cell function finally exiting the body through the lymphatic and eliminatory systems.
Plasma – Plasma is the clear fluid of the blood. It gives the blood volume and the ability to carry all of the necessary nutrients to the cells as discussed above. Once this clear fluid exits out of the blood system, it known as lymphatic fluid.
Enzymes – Enzymes are the particles in the blood that help digest nutrients. Digestive enzymes are produced in the saliva, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. When we take digestive enzymes on an empty stomach, they help to digest particles in the blood that should not be there such as extra cholesterol, plaque, proteins and fats. Having enough digestive enzymes in the blood is vital to maintaining healthy blood. Foods such as fruits and vegetables are a major contributing factor in maintaining appropriate levels of these enzymes.