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Homeostasis

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In this Blog we are ‘painting a picture’ of what makes, breaks, and recovers health.  This post is just one of the ‘brush strokes’.  Each Post after this will add more and more detail, so that in the end you will be able to see the big picture.  So, please hang in there while we ‘paint’. 

Before getting to the 7 principles of health we need to take a moment and look at the word homeostasis.  From time to time throughout this website you will see it or the words ‘balanced’ or ‘in balance’.  Understanding its meaning will help you on this journey.  

Homeostasis means keeping conditions inside the body balanced within certain limits; within a certain range.  No matter what is going on outside the body, things inside must remain stable.  Sure, they can change a bit, but not too much or too little.  If conditions go too high or too low outside their limits, over time, the body is thrown out of balance. ¹

When balance is lost and the cause is not corrected, over time, this makes it easy for a person to get sick; it lays the foundation for every disease.²  Some of the things that need to stay in balance include oxygen and breathing; heart-beat and blood pressure; the amount of water in the body; temperature;   acidity or alkalinity [pH]; blood levels of glucose [sugar], and other needed nutrients [like carbohydrates, essential fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals]; and the amount of waste products present. 

Every organ-system in the body [like the circulatory system, immune system, nervous system, etc] helps to keep all these things in balance.   And we can help too by making healthy choices in what we eat and drink; by not smoking [it steals oxygen and bone density]; by getting enough rest and exercise; by having positive thoughts and attitudes, and other positive lifestyle choices.  OK?  

  References:

¹ Family Medical Guide to Health & Fitness.  Marvin Moore (Ed.). (Boise: Pacific Press Publishing Association.  1991).  Volume 1, pages 30-32.  [out of print]

 

² Human Anatomy and Physiology, 7th Ed., Elaine N. Marieb, R.N., Ph.D  and Katja Hoehn, M.D., Ph.D.  (San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings. 2007).  Pages 9 and 65.

 

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