Air fresheners can harm your blood. Yes, really.
By breathing in toxins, they gain direct access to your blood stream. A 2007 study by the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) shows that air fresheners contain “hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems.”
The study was so thorough, that it influenced Walgreens to remove their brand of air fresheners from shelves to conduct independent testing, and SC Johnson began providing ingredient information for all its air care and cleaning products while phasing out harmful ingredients.
There are many ways to strengthen what flows through us however, from simple methods such as drinking more water, and of course, quitting smoking (it’s 2019, what are you doing smoking anyway?!).
Another interesting detoxification method is spices — spices increase blood flow and circulation. Many experts will often suggest cayenne pepper for this purpose, so be sure to bring a sweat towel. If that’s too much spice
for your delicate palette then the cinnamon or turmeric route may be more appropriate for you.
Garlic is also well known to be beneficial for heart health; the sulphur compounds relax blood vessels to increase tissue blood flow. Throw in onions to help arteries and veins widen during blood-flow increases, and probably some mouthwash or a pack of gum will come in handy in this situation, too.
Iron-rich foods are extremely important, especially when factoring in the staggering amount of women whom are iron deficient (1⁄3 non-pregnant women found to be anaemic globally, 2011, WHO).
Iron from animal protein is most easily absorbed, and contributes to the formation of haemoglobin, which helps deliver oxygen to cells throughout the body. Almonds, lentils and soybeans work as well.
Lastly, fish and olive oils help to decrease cholesterol levels, keeping your circulatory system in tip-top shape.
Whether man, woman or sorcerer, blood health — of iron, antioxidants and fatty oils are a part of your diet.
Not to be forgotten, be sure to keep track of cholesterol levels, and consult your doctor if experiencing any chest or breathing pains.