Red Blood Cells: Your Energy Boosters and Weight Management Buddies!

Let’s talk about those tiny powerhouses coursing through your veins—red blood cells!

These little heroes are like the delivery trucks of your body, making sure every cell gets the oxygen it needs to keep you going.

So, why is oxygen so important? Well, it’s the fuel that powers your body’s engine! Think of it like this: without oxygen, your cells would be like cars running on empty—no go!

When your red blood cells deliver oxygen efficiently, your body hums along, full of energy. You’re ready to tackle whatever the day throws at you, whether it’s hitting the gym or acing that big presentation.

But here’s the cool part: those same red blood cells are also your secret weapon for weight management. How? Well, when your cells are getting plenty of oxygen, your metabolism kicks into high gear. That means you burn through calories like a champ, making it easier to keep your weight in check.

But when your red blood cells aren’t quite up to the mark your metabolism may be on go-slow!

A sluggish metabolism can make it easier to gain weight and tougher to shed those extra kilos for two reasons. 

  • Your metabolism will burn less energy (making it easier to store fat)  
  • You’re likely to feel tired or fatigued making you more inclined to reach for energy rich foods and spend longer on the couch!

The good news? There are plenty of ways to give your red blood cells a boost! 

A balanced diet rich in iron and other nutrients is essential to provide the building blocks needed for healthy red blood cells. My next post will go into detail about these essential nutrients and how to obtain them. 

Regular exercise is another great way to support healthy red blood cells, stimulating the production of more blood cells and improving their oxygen-delivering skills. Exercise is like a shot of espresso for your circulatory system, but remember, if the nutritional building blocks are missing, no amount of exercise will fix the problem, in fact it could lead to increased fatigue. Remember, you can’t out-exercise a poor diet! Make sure you read my next post to find out how to optimise your diet!