Circulatory

The circulatory system is comprised of miles of tubes which direct blood from the heart to the lungs for an oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange, then travel to the outer aspects of your fingers and toes. The circulatory system transports nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fats to all the cell structures in your body. Optimal function of blood flow is critically important for optimal health.

Parts Include: Heart, Blood Vessel, Artery, Vein, Capillary, Platelets, Plasma

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1. Heart
A very sensitive muscle responsible for pumping blood to the lungs for oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange. It pushes blood to all parts of the body and is impacted by stress and dietary choices.

2. Blood Vessel
A tube that is used to transport blood to and from the heart.

3. Artery
The arterial blood vessels take oxygenated blood from the heart to all parts of the body. The walls of blood vessels tend to be thicker than those of veins which carry blood back to the heart.

4. Vein
A thin-walled blood vessel that carries blood back to the heart after the oxygen has been removed; carbon dioxide is commonly carried in veins.

Capillary
The smallest of tubules at the distant ends of the blood vessels system as blood re-routes and travels back to the heart via veins.

Platelets
Small irregular-shaped blood cell fragments. When they are low in number you may bleed too much, and when they are high the blood can stick together and create clots.

Plasma
The straw-colored/pale-yellow liquid part of blood that normally holds the blood cells in whole blood in suspension. It makes up more than half of the blood.

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