Like most people, you probably get a blood test and keep your fingers crossed until the results come back. But while these tests focus on key components of your blood, they provide only a limited view of what’s going on in your body. Blood tests don’t tell you about heavy metals or unwanted pathogens that maybe coursing through your body. They don’t tell you how strong your immune system is or whether your cells are getting the nutrients they need. Only when something goes very wrong—and has possibly been going wrong for years—do your blood tests indicate a problem. What’s in Your Blood and Why You Should Care is the first book to provide a complete picture of the components that make up your blood, how your blood functions, and what you can do to improve the quality of your blood for greater health and longevity.
Consider this analogy: Your arteries, veins, and capillaries are underground tunnels. Your blood is a long train that runs through thousands of these tunnels. Every second, thousands of passengers climb aboard the train, and thousands get off at their designated stops. This train has one specific purpose: To sustain a single life—yours. What happens if the train slows down or speeds up? What happens if some passengers are dangerous characters who rob or kill other riders? What happens if some passengers miss their stops? When this occurs, you get sick—or worse. By understanding what is truly going on in your body, you will know how you can keep the train working properly and maintain the safety of its most important passengers.
Written in easy-to-understand language, What’s in Your Blood and Why You Should Care tells you everything you need to know about your blood and instructs you in proven methods of cleansing and detoxifying your bloodstream. From diets to supplements to medical treatments, it’s all there in this groundbreaking book.
"This is an invaluable book not only for the reasons the authors state, but also as a fine guide to understanding how the body works—a factor that makes caring for one’s health understandable and meaningful. A valuable source for learning how to appreciate and care for the natural functions of the body and its blood."—Grady Harp, AMAZON TOP 100 REVIEWER
"Methodically explains everything you need to know about your blood, and instructs you in proven methods of cleansing and detoxifying your bloodstream with approaches that range from diets, to supplements, to medical treatments . . . a comprehensive and thoroughly 'reader friendly' instructional guide and manual."—Midwest Book Review - Margaret Lane, reviewer
Earl Mindell, RPh, PhD, is a registered pharmacist, master herbalist, and college educator. He is also an award-winning author of over twenty best-selling books, including Earl Mindell's New Vitamin Bible, which has sold over 11 million copies worldwide. Dr. Mindell was inducted into the California Pharmacists Association’s Hall of Fame in 2007, and was awarded the President's Citation for Exemplary Service from Bastyr University in 2012. He is on the Board of Directors of the California College of Natural Medicine, and serves on the Dean's Professional Advisory Group, School of Pharmacy, Chapman University. In addition to being a highly sought-after lecturer, he has appeared on numerous TV shows such as Good Morning America and the Late Show with David Letterman. He and his wife reside in Beverly Hills, California.
Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, is Professor of Nutraceutical Science and Provost of Huntington College of Health Sciences. Prof. Bruno has graduate degrees in both Nutrition and Herbal Medicine, and is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. He also headed the team the developed a Doctorate program in Integrative Healthcare at Huntington. For 37 years Prof. Bruno has educated healthcare professionals and others in nutrition, herbal medicine and nutraceutical sciences. He has also written numerous articles on nutrition, herbal medicine, nutraceuticals and integrative health issues for many magazines and peer-reviewed publications. He is also the author of A Guide to Complementary Treatments for Diabetes.
Table of contents
Part One What You Need to Know About Your Blood
1. All About Your Blood, 5
2. What Your Blood Test Reveals, 25
3. How Your Body Cleanses Your Blood, 47
Part Two What Your Blood Needs
4. Understanding Nutrients, 63
5. Choosing Your Food, 87
6. Oxygen and Your Blood, 109 Part Three Detoxifying Your Blood
7. Foods and Fasts for Blood Cleansing, 127
8. Dietary Supplements That Support Detoxification, 143
9. Complementary Therapies, 165
About the Authors, 197 I
Introduction or preface
It is hard to deny that our modern environment is full of potentially harmful substances. At the same time, unless these toxins impact our lives in a very obvious and profound way—such as the toxic levels of lead found in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan—we tend not to give the matter too much thought. The unfortunate reality, however, is that toxins—to which we are exposed from the air we breathe, the food and water we eat and drink, and even some of the cosmetic products we use—enter our bloodstreams and circulate throughout our bodies every day. Over time, they can build up in our systems, resulting in headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, indigestion, constipation, and a variety of other symptoms. And because these symptoms are fairly common and general, an accumulation of unwanted compounds in the bloodstream may not be the first cause that comes to mind when looking for solutions. What’s in Your Blood & Why You Should Care tells you everything you need to know about your blood and your body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. It also reveals evidence-based methods of cleansing your bloodstream that you can incorporate into your normal daily routine. With a wealth of information on diets to supplements to complementary therapies, this book is designed to show you a pathway to better health. This book is divided into three parts. Part One begins by detailing the composition of your blood, from plasma and red blood cells to white blood cells and platelets. It then discusses the ways in which your pH balance, diet, level of physical activity, environment, and genetics influence the state of your blood. It also provides a chapter all about blood tests, listing each element and describing what it can tell you about the status of your health. Finally, it explains how toxins may enter your bloodstream due to external exposure or internal biological processes, and outlines how your body’s natural detoxification mechanisms go about eliminating these substances from your body. Part Two talks about the six types of nutrients that your body requires for proper health—carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, and water—and how they work together in the production of energy, the promotion of cell growth, and the achievement of proper organ function once they have been absorbed into your bloodstream. It goes on to discuss how the foods you choose to eat each day can have an enormous impact on your blood and thus on your health. It then describes the importance of optimal oxygen levels in your blood, why your blood may be depleted of oxygen, and how to increase oxygen levels in your blood. Part Three ties everything together by detailing particular foods and supplements that encourage detoxification of your blood, as well as the benefits of occasional fasting. It concludes by recommending complementary therapies that may be used to promote the detoxification process and help you maintain a healthy bloodstream, including sauna therapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, chelation therapy, and meditation. When it comes to your health and well-being, you may feel as though you are a helpless bystander, simply waiting to see all the cards in the hand you have been dealt genetically. While genetics, no doubt, play a powerful role in your health, you can play an active part as well. Through the choices you make every day, you can prevent harmful substances from entering your bloodstream in the first place and support the elimination of unwanted compounds in your circulatory system.