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Circulatoty System

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Blood Purification for Life-Giving Oxygen

When the blood - which is now full of impurities collected from the tissues of the body - returns to the heart through the veins, and then it’s pumped out at once through a large artery into the lungs.

There the blood sheds the carbon dioxide and absorbs the life-giving oxygen the lungs inhaled. (Don’t poison this air with tobacco smoke!) The newly oxygenated blood then returns to the heart to be pumped out through the aorta to the body.

Blood circulation is not simple. It follows a design which resembles a figure 8. There are actually 2 entirely separate circulations, both go away from and back to the heart. The greater circulatory cycle goes to tissues, limbs, internal organs, and back to the heart. The lesser one goes only through the lungs and then back to the heart. Pressure in the blood vessels is naturally much greater in the arteries than in the veins, because the arteries channel the blood pumped out of the heart.

A Healthy Heart Has Steady, Rhythmic Beats

The lower part of your heart is slightly to the left side of your upper body, so it’s easier to hear the heartbeat by listening on left side of the chest. The heartbeat actually originates in the middle of the neck region and descends from the mid-line into the chest. The heart is in the center of the chest. Myths about how bad it is to sleep on your left side for fear of compressing the heart are nonsense. The best position for sleeping is on your back.

A healthy heartbeat keeps a steady rhythm in its pumping, called the pulse. The pulse rate is usually measured at the wrist, where one of the main arteries lies near the surface. The normal adult pulse rate is from 60-72 beats per minute. Between each heart beat there is 6 of a second rest, thus when a person has lived for 50 years, their wise heart (pump) has rested 8 of those years!

Heart rate is high in newborns and declines with age, although heart rate can increase among senior citizens. Females generally have slightly higher heart rates than males. Physical activity can lower resting heart rate, which is important because a slowly beating heart is more energy efficient that one that beats rapidly.

The Heart Has It’s Own Intelligence

We often hear the phrase; I know in my heart it’s true. This indicates that we know that our heart is more than just a pump. It can beat on its own without connection to the brain. It starts to form in the fetus before there is a brain. Scientists don’t know what triggers the self-initiated heartbeat. Revolutionary new heart research is emerging. The Institute of Heart Math in Boulder Creek, CA, found that the heart has its own intrinsic brain and nervous system.

Fels Research in the 1970’s found the brain in the head was dutifully obeying messages from the brain in the heart. The heart carries intricate messages that affect our emotions, our physical health, and our quality of life! Our heart has the capacity to think for itself. The brain’s ability to process information and make decisions is affected by how we emotionally react to a situation. 

These researchers discovered a critical link between the heart and emotions. When the heart responds to emotions such as anger, frustration or anxiety, heart rhythms become incoherent and more jagged; blood vessels constrict, blood pressure rises and the immune system is weakened.

Researchers found that many heart failures were precipitated by gross emotional upsets. However, when we feel positive emotions such as love and caring, the heart rhythms become coherent and smoother; thus, enhancing healthy communication between the heart and the brain. Positive heart rhythms produce beneficial effects to cardiovascular efficiency, enhanced immunity, nervous system, and hormonal balance.

As we learn to become more heart intelligent and improve the emotional balance and heart/brain coherence in ourselves, we will enhance our levels of mental clarity, physical energy, productivity with more daily peace and happiness and a better quality of life.

A key factor in stress is a lack of time. In fact, 75 to 90% of all visits to physicians result from stress-related disorders, according to American Institute of Stress. We must utilize our time more wisely, and restore balance in our lives. Researchers found that by locking in to positive feelings associated with the heart, such as love, faith, joy, and appreciation, we can facilitate a more perfect mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional balance.

It is interesting to note that according to scientists the human brain has a storage capacity of about 1,000 years.

 

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