Why is Blood Vital for Life?
Your blood is the river of life that flows through your body. It is a vital tissue not only needed for the proper functioning of all your organs, but also allows them to be connected and have communication with each other.
Did you know that?
- An average adult body has about 4.7 to 5.5 liters of whole blood
- Whole blood makes up around 7 percent of the weight of a human body
- It only takes 20 to 60 seconds for a drop of blood to fully circulate around the body
- There is around 150 billion red blood cells (RBCs) in one ounce of whole blood, and 2.4 trillion RBCs in one pint of whole blood
- Human body manufactures 17 million RBCs per second
- You can die by losing more than 2 litres of blood if not immediately transfused with blood products
The blood provides the window to the health of your body. If your organs are healthy, your blood will be healthy. However if your organs are toxic, your blood will also be toxic. The health of our blood can also affect how all our organs function.
The Components and Function of Whole Blood
When whole blood is spun down (centrifuged) in the lab, the blood is separated into:
- Plasma (55%) (labeled 1 and yellow boxes in diagram below)
- Formed Elements (45%)
- Red Blood Cells or Erythrocytes (labeled 2 and pink-red boxes)
- Buffy Coat (labeled 3 in diagram)
- White Blood Cells or leukocytes (white boxes)
- Platelets (grey boxes)
The general function of these components in the body can be seen in the diagram (read from top to bottom).
Notice that the health of our body is not only determined by how well we remove waste/toxins (lymphatic system, liver, skin, kidney, bowel) from our blood but also what we take in from the environment (nutrients or toxins) through various organ systems (orange boxes – digestive, integument, respiratory, nervous/endocrine). When these processes are not optimal, symptoms (discussed in next section) and signs (discuss in another blog) start to appear.
Symptoms can reflect the Health of your Body and Blood
Symptoms (subjective experience) tells us that something is unbalanced in the body (some examples given left of table below). These symptoms are usually vague (i.e. pain) but sometimes can be specific to an organ. There are many physiological causes why these symptoms appear (some examples given right of table below), but if we look at the general picture, it is very likely that your tissues are not in full health because they are either bombarded with stressors (i.e. trauma/mechanical, infection, neurology, chemicals, electromagnetic) or/and not getting sufficient nourishment (i.e. poor diet) from the blood discussed earlier. Importantly, I would also like to mention that predisposition to these physiology causes can also be driven by genetics. By no means the chart below is complete, but provides a good overview on what commonly occurring symptoms may mean in relationship to your body and blood.
It is these symptoms that make us go to the doctor so that they can find signs of the cause of unbalance through physical examination and lab testing. By analyzing these signs and symptoms properly, it gives insight to the root cause of your health concern. Click here for part 2 in which I reveal to you how lab testing of your blood plays a major part in determining the root cause of your health concern through signs.
|Symptoms in Relationship to your Body and Blood|
Tissues may not be getting enough oxygen from red blood cells due to impaired intake of oxygen (i.e. lungs); inadequate production (i.e. lymphatic system/endocrine system), premature destruction (i.e. spleen/liver/lymphatic system/circulatory system/immune system), malfunction (i.e. nutrient deficiencies especially iron and B12), impaired transportation (i.e. circulatory system)
||Immune system may be out of balance (abnormal function of white blood cells or/and platelets) due to an underlying health condition that you may have (i.e. infection, dysbiosis, disturbed endocrine-nervous or lymphatic system)|
||Tissues may be deficient in nutrients (minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, or/and protein) due to an underlying health condition related to poor diet, and impaired absorption (endocrine-nervous system/digestive system), transportation (circulatory/lymphatic system), or/and assimilation (liver/endocrine system) of nutrients through the plasma into the cells|