Your heart is one of the most hardworking warriors in your body. This strong, muscular pump might be only a little larger than your fist, but it pumps continuously to keep you alive and thriving. Every day, your heart beats 100,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood. See why keeping your heart healthy and understanding the importance of maintaining arterial elasticity can save you some heartache.
Getting to the heart of the matter
The circulatory system is a network of elastic tubes that carry blood throughout your body and includes your heart, lungs, and arteries. These blood vessels carry oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to all parts of your body. If all of your vessels were laid end-to-end, they’d extend up to 60,000 miles—which is enough to encircle the earth more than two times.
Arteries play a major role in nourishing your organs with blood and nutrients—and they’re always under high pressure. To deal with this stress, your body has an abundance of elastic tissue which enables your blood vessels to increase or decrease in size. Elastic arteries are those nearest your heart and contain much more elastic tissue than your muscles. Your arterial elasticity allows your body to maintain relatively constant pressure despite the constant pumping of your heart.
The importance of arterial elasticity
As you age, one of the changes that your cardiovascular system may deal with is the hardening of your arteries. Oxidative stress and toxins can cause blood vessel walls to thicken, and when plaque builds up your blood vessels tend to lose their elasticity. This often leads to high blood pressure and a higher risk for heart attack and stroke.
Atherosclerosis is the buildup of plaque—a substance composed of cholesterol, cellular waste, calcium, fibrin, and fatty substances. As plaque accumulates, the walls of the arteries thicken which contradicts the channel and reduces blood flow. Arterial stiffness happens in the walls of large arteries that lead from the heart to major organs. When this happens it restricts blood flow to your organs and can cause health issues.
Focusing on keeping your heart healthy
Diet, exercise, supplements, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol are the first steps to taking care of your heart. Physical activity contributes to improved blood pressure, and improved levels of cholesterol and other blood lipids. Just 20 minutes a day of moderate physical exercise like brisk walking, climbing stairs, dancing, or gardening can help increase your heart rate and help you maintain good heart health. A heart-healthy diet includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and cutting back on salt meats like ham, bacon, sausage, and hotdogs.
A daily supplement like ASEA® Redox Cell Signaling Supplement can help with vascular health signaling pathways. ASEA Redox contains active redox signaling molecules which are powerful cellular messengers natural to your body. Studies conducted show a 20 – 31% change in gene expression in five genes, including those related to helping maintain cardiovascular health and arterial elasticity.
ASEA Redox has also been shown to aid with inflammation pathway reduction due to oxidative stress. By addressing cellular health, this supplement enables you to live a life of greater significance and explore the limits of your personal potential.
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