We define the heart or cardiovascular system as the whole blood-delivery system: the pump (cardio or heart) and the vessels (vascular.) Think of it as a “highway” that moves your blood. To care for this system, we also want to make sure we transport other “good” stuff, like nutrients, oxygen and hormones throughout the body, while eliminating the “bad” stuff, like excess cholesterol and blood sugar.

As a predominantly air heart, the blood transport tends to lack luster, resulting in cold extremities and a low blood pressure and/or body
temperature. You may have bursts of energy and want to accomplish a lot in a short period of time because your stamina will likely run out. Instead of chasing the clock, the key to balancing air is to focus on a slow and steady pace, particularly in the morning. Practice lying in bed and taking some deep breaths followed by sitting up for a few more breaths instead of standing abruptly. This will help stabilize your heart rate and help with the general muscle stiffness in the morning.

Cardiovascular Tendencies

  • Cold extremities
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness when going from sitting to standing
  • Anxiety or fearful thoughts
  • Dry skin / Dehydrated blood

Cardiovascular Focus

  • Take your time getting out of bed
  • Stay warm
  • Keep hydrated
  • Consume foods that nourish the blood
  • Choose exercise that grounds and stabilizes

Blood-building Foods

  • Beef
  • Beets
  • Cherries
  • Chili pepper
  • Coffee
  • Cumin
  • Dates
  • Eggs (yolk)
  • Goat’s milk
  • Green tea
  • Lamb
  • Radishes
  • Red apples
  • Red lentils
  • Saffron
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Magnesium-rich Foods

  • Black beans
  • Halibut
  • Millet
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Salmon
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soybeans
  • Spinach
  • Sunflower seeds
Tip: Upon waking, try squeezing a wedge of lemon or lime in warm water with a pinch of mineral salt. This rehydrates the blood and helps balance electrolytes!
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