Organs are healthy when they are nourished with oxygen and vital nutrients while waste and carbon dioxide are removed. Every beat of your heart is an opportunity for replenishment of these nutrients. This is a basic function of the vascular system.
This replenishment—an exchange of nutrients and waste removal—takes place in the capillaries of your microvascular system.
The human body’s microvascular system is immense. The endothelial glycocalyx is both the largest surface organ at 10,000 square feet, and the longest organ in the body at 60,000 miles end-to-end.
With every beat, the heart pumps blood through the microvascular system, which nourishes the trillions of cells that make up your organs. Deterioration in the microvascular system—comprising more than 99% of the contact area between the blood and the organs—has long been overlooked as the starting point of several health conditions, which lead to life-threatening diseases.
Only recently, have we been able to look at the 99%. In the past, science has focused on the visible 1% of the total vascular system—the larger blood vessels.
Without a continuous delivery of nutrients and removal of waste, organs starve and you are at greater risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, dementia, inflammatory disorders and cancer metastasis.
The Spiral from Early Warning Signs to Vascular Disease and Death