Your body is made up of trillions of cells. Similar cells group together to make tissues. Similar tissues congregate together to make organs. Similar organs group together to make organ systems. Organ systems group together to complete you as a human and allow your body to function and survive.
We could divide your body into units smaller than cells, but for the sake of this article I want to focus on the cellular level. There are approximately 200 different kinds of cells that make up the tissues in your body. Some different examples of specialized cells are muscle cells, skin cells, fat cells, bone cells and nerve cells. The other thing I want you to think about as you read is that all of your cells are designed to survive for a specfied period of time.
How long a cell in a particular part of your body lives is referred to as turnover rate. For example, intestinal cells are replaced every three or four days. The cells that line your lungs turn over every 8 days. Your gum cells are regenerated every two weeks. Skin cells last approximately 2-3 weeks. Red blood cells that carry oxygen to all of your body cells lives about 120 days. You may have heard it hypothesized that the entire body is regenerated every 7-10 years. While there is some debate in the scientific community over this timeline, it is true that your body is constantly being renewed with different cells renewing more regularly than others.
The question I want you to ponder as you read this article of the week is, “will the next generation of your cells be healthier or sicker than the ones they replace?”
The health of the new cells that you make depends on different factors. It depends on living in a clean environment. If you are living in an environment where there is exposure to toxins and pollutions these factors can accumulate and result in poor health at a cellular level. Smoking and excess alcohol consumption are examples of environmental toxins. Another factor has to do with the building blocks you give your body to make new cells, also known as your diet. If you eat a diet that is high in trans fats, salt, sugar and artificial additives and preservatives, and devoid of essential vitamins and minerals, you are not providing your body with the nutrients it needs to build healthy cells. If you are eating whole, unprocessed foods with a lot of fruits, vegetables, fiber, healthy fats and lean protein you are providing your body with the building blocks for optimal cellular repair.
The other component of healthy cellular regeneration is optimal nervous system function. Your brain, spinal cord and nervous system control all functioning, healing and regeneration in the human body. This means that your brain and spinal cord coordinate the process of breaking down old, ineffective, damaged cells and replacing them with new, healthy cells capable of functioning. Cells that function properly translate to tissues that are healthy, which leads to organs that work properly which in turn leads to organ systems that perform optimally and a healthy organism.
Don't underestimate the power of an adjustment. True health is an inside job and keeping your nervous system as clear as possible with regular adjustments will not only keep you feeling and functioning at your best, but also allow your body to regenerate to the best of its ability.
I want you to enjoy the benefits of living life with less pain, but I also want you to be building healthy bodies as you age!
Yours in Health,
Grace Chiropractic – 1-3230 Monarch Drive – 705-323-9100 – http://gracechiropractic.ca