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 earth heart, your blood tends to get sticky. The qualities of earth are damp and heavy so you can imagine how the highway system can jam up while attempting to transport the good and move the bad. The job of managing earth is to fire up the transport system by activating the pump. In other words, get moving! Staying away from carbohydrates that elevate blood sugar as well as foods high in fat are essential dietary focuses.

Cardiovascular Tendencies

  • Water retention
  • Swollen wrists / ankles
  • Shortness of breath when exercising
  • Fatigue despite little activity
  • High cholesterol / triglycerides
  • High amounts of sugar (glucose) in blood
  • Depression or feeling stuck

Cardiovascular Focus

  • Increase circulation with cardiovascular activity, preferably in the morning before food
  • Consume foods that naturally thin the blood
  • Consume foods that naturally detoxify
  • Surround yourself with healthy environments (positive people / activities)

Naturally Blood-thinning Foods

  • Almonds
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Pineapple
  • Red wine
  • Salmon
  • Turmeric

Foods that Naturally Detoxify

  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Turmeric
Garlic is naturally blood-thinning and detoxifying!
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