It’s quite the amazing substance. Keeps us alive (by way of our hard working heart) and supplies pretty much everything our organs need to keep our bodies up and running. So why wouldn’t we want to take care of it? Well, we can and it’s actually pretty easy.
The easiest way of course is to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis and not to smoke. Yes that’s right, smoking doesn’t just affect the lungs, but the chemicals in tobacco smoke directly harm your blood cells too. It increases your risk for Atherosclerosis and Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) among many other risks. That is why smoking is stated as a major risk factor for heart disease.
Another easy thing you can do for your blood is to have a CBC test done (known as a Complete Blood Count). This is a simple test and an inexpensive one as well that will give you an idea of your overall health and make sure your blood does not have any issues such as anemia, leukemia and/or any other infection. It will also let you know how many red and white blood cells your blood contains. This is important because if your blood contains a high number of white blood cells – this means your body is fighting off an infection and would give an idea how well your body is dealing with it. If your red blood cell count is high – this could mean that they are clumping together (known as polycythemia) and you may not be getting the oxygen you need throughout your body.
Overall, take care of your blood and it will take care of you. If you have never had a CBC test taken before, now is the time…just click here to get started.