We know that “the life of the flesh is in the
blood.” Leviticus 17:11. “In order to have good health, we must have good
blood; for the blood is the current of life. It repairs waste and nourishes the
body. When supplied with the proper food elements and when cleansed and
vitalized by contact with pure air, it carries life and vigor to every part of
the system. The more perfect the circulation, the better will this work be
accomplished.” The Ministry
of Healing, 271. Because of this, we must do everything possible to
produce good blood and not do anything that will hinder circulation.
to Healthy Circulation:
fat in the diet and therefore in the blood causes the blood cells to become
sticky and clump together. This interferes with the ability of the red blood
cells to carry oxygen to the body and encourages them to block blood vessels,
especially small vessels and capillaries that are the most affected. See Healthful Living, 67.
also thickens the blood, clogs the system, and hinders oxygen levels. See Testimonies, vol. 2, 369, 370.
puts a very heavy load on the stomach, robs the body of oxygen in order that
the heavy load can be digested, and then further comprises oxygen levels as the
heavy load of digested food enters the blood circulation. See Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene,
sedentary life lessens circulation, endangering abundant health. Exercise and
fresh air both stimulate the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, bringing
much needed oxygen, nutrition and life to every cell in the body. See Testimonies, vol. 1, 562.
clad extremities interfere with good circulation. “Perfect health depends upon
perfect circulation. … When the extremities, which are remote from the vital
organs, are not properly clad, the blood is driven to the head, causing
headache or nosebleed; or there is a sense of fullness about the chest.” Testimonies, vol. 2, 531.
of trust in God and a sense of freedom from wrong. “If the mind is free and
happy, under a consciousness of rightdoing and a
sense of satisfaction in causing happiness to others, it will create a
cheerfulness that will react upon the whole system, causing a freer circulation
of the blood and a toning up of the entire body. The blessing of God is a
healer, and those who are abundant in benefiting others will realize that
wondrous blessing in their hearts and lives.”
Testimonies, vol. 4, 60, 61.
that hinders full, pure respiration hinders circulation. This could range from lack of deep breathing,
poor posture, tight clothing, inhibition or damage to the lungs from smoking,
air pollution, un-hygienic surroundings, or poor ventilation in buildings. See Child
Guidance, 363, 364, 425; Healthful Living,
“Thus an insufficient supply of oxygen is
received. The blood moves sluggishly. The waste, poisonous matter, which should
be thrown off in the exhalations from the lungs, is retained, and the blood
becomes impure. Not only the lungs, but the stomach, liver, and brain are
affected. The skin becomes sallow, digestion is retarded; the heart is
depressed; the brain is clouded; the thoughts are confused; gloom settles upon
the spirits; the whole system becomes depressed and inactive, and peculiarly
susceptible to disease.” The
Ministry of Healing, 273. In order to have health, we must work with
our bodies to provide, not hinder, perfect circulation.