Blood Building Foods
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Summary: Why is building your blood important? What does it mean to cleanse your blood? The answers to these questions could prove instrumental in guiding you to better health.

Blood serves various functions including transporting nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and moving waste products to the excretory organs. Optimal functioning of the individual cells, organs, and the body as a whole depends on the blood. This is why health conditions and diseases that affect the blood invariably affect all the organs in the body.

The liver, kidneys, and lymphatic vessels are the organs which do the work of detoxifying or cleansing the blood by removing toxins and impurities. Supporting these organs nutritionally will impact the health of the blood.

Making Poor Blood

Often eating is simply associated with staving off hunger. However, this is only one of the many functions food has after entering the body. Poor diet, junk food, alcohol, medication, and overall poor health of the body and its organs all generate large amounts of unwanted toxins in the blood. Symptoms of too much toxin in the blood include low immunity, headaches, fatigue, skin problems, and obesity.

How to Rejuvenate Blood

Blood rejuvenation starts from the bottom up. It can seem like a long process when you are in the midst of collecting data and improvising a plan of implementation. However, going back to the basics and purifying your blood naturally is really a very simple and easy option with many side benefits. Here is a list of blood building foods:

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● barley
● corn
● oats
● rice
● wheat bran
● alfalfa sprouts
● artichokes
● beets
● button mushrooms
● cabbage
● celery
● dandelion leaf
● dark leafy greens
● kelp
● shiitake mushrooms
● spinach
● watercress
● wheatgrass
● apples
● apricots
● avocados
● dates
● figs
● grapes
● loganberry
● mulberry beans
● soymilk
● algae
● dong quai
● pollen supplements

Incorporating these foods and other detoxifying foods and juices into a family meal or a quick snack is a delicious, easy way to cleanse and give nutrients to your blood. Leviticus 17:11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” This verse is true in a scientific way as well as a spiritual way.

Herbs and other Effective Natural Blood Cleansers

If you are experiencing signs that your blood is unhealthy, there are some especially helpful natural blood cleansers to try. Juicing organic black grapes and mixing the juice with homemade nut milk (made from almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, etc.) will provide blood building, tissue cleansing nutrition.

Try having one eight ounce glass of this mixture mid-morning and midafternoon for best results. This procedure is especially helpful for cleansing mucus from the system.

Dandelion also promotes blood building. You can use all parts of the plant in green drinks and salads. Dandelion is high in calcium and contains all the nutritive salts for the blood. Dandelion restores and balances the blood. Eating dandelion can help prevent or reverse anemia by supplying necessary blood salts or minerals. It also helps with low blood pressure, low energy, and can help maximize endurance.

Dandelion can help break down the acid waste products that build up in the blood during rapid weight loss. Bitter herbs like dandelion cleanse the liver by increasing the activity of the liver and the flow of bile into the intestines. It is also helpful in treating hepatitis, it increases activity of the pancreas and spleen, helps open urinary passages, and helps treat skin diseases.

Other herbs with a long history of use as blood purifiers include red clover and chaparral. Red clover is a common “weed” growing in ditches and other sunny locations. Traditionally, its blossoms are dried and used to make tea.

The entire plant can be eaten. Try adding the three-lobed leaves and pretty flowers to a tossed salad. Red clover increases mucus production and thins mucous in the respiratory system. This aids the body in throwing off toxins via the lungs and nasal passages.

Chaparral is renowned for its blood purification ability and is sometimes referred to as “nature’s detergent.” Chaparral, or creosote bush, grows in dry regions of southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Its leaves are dried and ground. The powder is then used to fill capsules or make tea. Chaparral can aid the body in ridding itself of environmental chemicals and some claim it helpful in speeding the removal of alcohol, nicotine and other drugs from the system.

Skin Products and Your Blood

Caution should be taken when buying cosmetic creams or generic body wash and body-care items. The toxins contained in some products can be harmful to your blood because they can be absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream. According to MBG Wellness Expert Dana Claudat, we absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin. It is wise to only use skin products that are safe enough to eat. a href="" target="blank" title="Watch Our External Thermometer by Rudy Davis">If it’s not safe enough to eat, you shouldn’t put it on your skin.

Toxic chemicals from body-care products can cause these ill-effects:

● skin allergies
● cancer
● infertility
● birth defects
● reproductive problems
● learning disabilities

Unfortunately, chemicals that cause these problems are in many cosmetic products and this is largely because cosmetic companies are not regulated by the FDA. Shopping at your local health food store is a good way to start avoiding these chemicals. Even then, you must read labels and be careful what you buy. You can download a wallet card listing harmful cosmetic ingredients at this site: Rocky Mountain Soap Company.

Here are some skin care brands that make healthy alternatives for a non-toxic grooming regime.

● Real Purity
● Derma e
● Jurlique
● Tata Harper
● Juice Beauty
● L’uvalla
● 100% Pure
● Jason
● Desert Essence

If you are concerned that giving up your old care products will result in unsatisfactory results, be assured that your skin will take care of itself if you apply yourself to improving your skin care choices and dietary health practices. Clean blood and good circulation stimulates cell growth and rejuvenation, improving your skin’s appearance. This is one of the many benefits of a blood purification process.

Blood Purification as a Diet and Weight Loss System

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There are a variety of ways to add blood cleansing foods to your diet. Juicing is fast becoming a mainstream way to swiftly enhance your health and consume nutrients. Juicing allows you to bypass all the extra time taken in consumption of whole foods.

Freshly made raw juice is rich in enzymes, substances found in raw fruit and vegetables that enable us to digest food and absorb it into our blood. Drinking fresh juices provides swift nourishment of the cells and tissues in the body.

Another way to incorporate blood-building foods is by using variations of the raw food diet. Going 100% raw may seem too difficult if you’ve never tried it before, but you could try increasing the amount of raw food that you eat to 80% and reducing the amount of cooked food you consume to 20% of your diet. This can be as simple as having raw fruit and a piece of toast for breakfast and a large salad with a vegan burger patty for supper. A vegan diet is also effective in promoting healthy blood.

If you are trying to lose weight, a juice cleanse can be useful. Many of the toxins we are exposed to daily through the food we eat and the air we breathe are stored away in our fat. As your body burns stored fat molecules, stored toxins are released into your bloodstream.

A cleanse can help remove those released toxins quickly and can even help you lose weight more efficiently. Be sure to drink plenty of water while cleansing to ensure toxins are speedily removed from your system.

Blood Cleansing Fiber

Think of dietary fiber as a waste removal vehicle. Fiber, found only in plant foods, aids the movement of bile and toxins out of your system. The human body can’t digest dietary fiber, but it is an essential part of a healthy diet. Dietary fiber provides bulk to your diet, which will help you feel full thereby aiding in weight control. And, according to the Mayo Clinic, fiber lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Detoxifying Your Blood

Detoxifying your blood will result in better organ function. Toxins disrupt the functions of our internal organs and cause them to underperform. The development of symptoms similar to allergies, low immunity, headaches, fatigue, skin problems, and obesity all point to high levels of toxins in the blood. In general, toxins can be grouped according to their origin:

● External toxins are those created outside the body and then absorbed into the tissues. For example, polluted water, automobile exhaust, polluted air, or chemicals in cosmetics and household products.
● Ingested toxins can be found in food or drink we consume. An example is pesticide residues on our food.
● Internal toxins include viral, bacterial, or fungal infections (eg., candidiasis) that produce toxins within our bodies. Certain hormones released during times of stress are in this category, too.

The detoxification process in the liver and the anti-oxidation process are the two main systems involved in body detox. Oxidation is what happens when metal rusts. Inside the body, oxidation causes damage to cells.

An antioxidant is simply a molecule that prevents another molecule from being damaged through oxidation. Since there are many processes in the body which result in oxidation, the intake of antioxidants is essential to counteract some of the negative results of the build-up of too many toxic, oxidized molecules in the body.

Vitamins such as B2, C, and E, and other substances such as beta-carotene and bio-flavonoid, are also antioxidants. The best way to ensure our body is getting adequate vitamins and antioxidants is to eat a wide variety of fresh, colorful plant foods.

The body uses several internal organs such as the liver, skin, kidneys, intestines, lungs, and even lymph nodes to remove different toxins from our body.

Our cells are bathed in lymph fluid, a colorless, odorless liquid that brings nutrients to the cells and carries away toxins. Exercise is essential in keeping the lymph system active since it does not have its own circulatory system. While the blood has the heart to pump it through the body, lymph fluid relies upon the physical movement of the body in exercise.

As muscles contract and relax during exercise, lymph fluid is pulled through the system. A sedentary lifestyle can result in lymph nodules jammed full of toxic debris. Regular exercise prevents toxins from building up and causing a sluggish immune system which is prone to disease. Bouncing on a mini trampoline is an effective way to get your lymph fluid moving.


The pursuit of health is always a rewarding endeavor, whether you are attempting to cleanse your blood, detoxify your body, lose weight, or improve a dermatological condition. It is our hope that the information in this article will inspire you to try natural methods to improve your health.

If you are looking for more ideas, recipes, or special products to help you in your journey to better health, check out our many helpful articles and visit our online store where you can browse through health-promoting products.




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