If all the blood vessels in a human body were placed end to end, they would stretch 12,000 miles! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and most risk factors are very much life-style related. American Heart Association recommends eating limited amounts of red meat, as it contributes to arterial plaque build up. Because of the large amounts of fat & cholesterol, there’s a strong link between regular red meat consumption and heart failure. And (men), it slows blood flow to ALL your organs. “Choosing more healthful sources of protein in place of red meat can confer significant health benefits by reducing chronic disease morbidity and mortality” (Harvard School of Public Health). Most store-bought meats are actually too dangerous for human consumption. Just say no to sodium nitrate (the poison found in all processed meats). There is too much evidence on this issue to ignore. If you eat meat, think local, happy, organic. Do you really want to support a concentration camp for very sad cows, pumped with hormones, drugs & chemicals? Gross! Researchers at University of Cambridge suggest that cutting back on meat consumption will lower the carbon footprint nearly 28 million tons per year by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and significantly decrease mortality rates. I’m not saying avoid it altogether, just be conscious. “What’s good for you is also good for the planet.” Mixing generous amounts of fruits and veggies in your diet is some of the best preventative medicine! Smoking also causes your blood vessels to narrow (and it stinks). Exercise keeps blood vessels healthy, happy, & open. Green tea, spinach, & apples, to name a few, help keep your arteries strong & flexible. Our body is a temple where our soul lives as consciousness. It’s our responsibility to keep it clean and well!