Benefits of Systemic Exercise – Blood Function

Since chronic health problems are the result of weak Systemic Function, the purpose of the five Systemic Health Techniques, including Systemic Health Exercise, is to invigorate and improve the efficiency of the Three Systemic Functions without causing injury or fatigue. The following examples are a few of the ways in which Systemic Exercise improves the health of the Three Systemic Functions:

Blood Function

A healthy bloodstream accomplishes two important things.

1. It feeds oxygen, nutrients, hormones, enzymes, and water to all of the cells and tissues.

2. It cleans metabolic waste products (including uric, lactic, ascetic and carbonic acids) and environmental toxins from the tissues. The smallest lymphatic and blood vessels pick up these wastes from the tissues and carry them to the four systems of elimination (lungs, skin, kidneys and colon), which remove wastes from the bloodstream and discharge them from the body.

The bloodstream feeds and cleans
all of the cells and tissues.

The smallest blood vessels, the capillaries, are so small that red blood cells have to pass single file through them! Oxygen, nutrients, hormones, enzymes and water pass through the walls of the blood capillaries into the interstitial fluid in which cells float and finally enter the cells.

When we are fatigued, the body tries to conserve energy in any way that it can. It lowers its metabolic rate and constricts some of the lymphatic and blood capillaries throughout the body.

Here’s an analogy:  Assume we live in a cold climate and we have a big house with lots of rooms, but we only have a small heater. We can’t heat the entire house with a small heater, so we close off the rooms that we are not using to conserve heat and only heat the rooms we use the most.

In a similar way, by constricting some of the blood capillaries, the bloodstream doesn’t have to deliver oxygen, nutrients, hormones, enzymes and water to as many tissues. It also doesn’t have to clean as many tissues. This works well as a temporary solution to short-term fatigue.

However, when low-level fatigue continues over a long period of time, the body stays in emergency conservation mode for too long. Capillary constriction becomes chronic, so the tissues are not fed and cleaned effectively and this contributes to more fatigue. This becomes a slow, downward spiral and we gradually feel more and more fatigue. This is one of the reasons that fatigue is the most common health complaint these days.

Chronic capillary constriction prevents effective
feeding and cleaning of tissues throughout the body,
which must eventually lead to subfunctioning of tissues
(symptoms and health problems).

Chronic capillary constriction is very common these days, especially since the 1950s, when people in industrialized countries became more sedentary and processed foods became the norm. We estimate that more than 90 percent of American adults have this sluggish capillary circulation to the degree that it is causing chronic symptoms of some kind.

The effect of exercise on capillary function
is very important to our health.

One of the primary goals of fitness programs is to strengthen the cardiovascular system. The emphasis is usually placed on strengthening the heart and the larger blood vessels. However, when the cardiovascular system begins to break down, it weakens at a capillary level long before the heart gets weaker and larger blood vessel show plaquing. So, a more basic step that should come before strengthening the heart and the larger vessels is the correction of capillary function. This is an important point that is usually overlooked.

Actually, when we correct chronic capillary constriction, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to force blood through constricted capillaries, so resting heart rates usually drop substantially after the first few months. This works even though we are not emphasizing increasing heart rate to an extreme during Systemic Exercise sessions.

A more basic step, and a safer approach, is to use a form of exercise that increases the heart rate slightly, yet conserves energy, and opens up the capillaries. We believe this is the most effective first step when beginning an exercise program, even for those in relatively good health.

Historically, Systemic Exercise was sometimes called “tissue stimulation exercise” or “tissue cleansing exercise,” because, in modern terms, it emphasizes opening capillaries instead of increasing the heart rate.

Over the short term, Systemic Exercise provides better feeding of the tissues (delivery of oxygen, nutrients, hormones, enzymes and water) and better cleaning of the tissues. It makes us feel better during and for a few hours after the exercise. Then, of course, capillaries gradually resume their chronically constricted state.

However, after a few months of consistent Systemic Exercise, the condition of the capillaries is more permanently corrected and they stay open as they should, allowing them to feed and clean the tissues more effectively (normally) 24 hours a day. Also, the condition of the four systems of elimination (lungs, skin, kidneys, colon) is improved, and they remove cellular wastes and environmental toxins from the bloodstream more effectively.

Capillary function, and the functioning of the four systems of elimination, together comprise the “metabolic elimination mechanism.” Weaknesses in this mechanism causes a retention of metabolic wastes in the tissues throughout the body, producing many kinds of health problems. Systemic Exercise, along with the other Systemic Health Techniques, improves metabolic elimination and promotes health in dramatic ways.

Many chronic symptoms can be reduced or eliminated
when the tissues’ feeding and cleaning processes are improved. 

The Systemic Health Recovery Course:  Part One – Systemic Exercise, guides you step-by-step in learning how to exercise in a safe way, regardless of your health problems.
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