Principle of Health # 1: Cells Matter

Cells are the last quality of the body we will look at. I am totally fascinated by these tiny powerhouses.  Every moment of every day they do so much for us!

Quality # 5: Cells Matter

Magnified view of red and white blood cells

Magnified view of red and white blood cells

To better understand the body [and health], we need to look at the cells. First, cells are the ‘basic building blocks’ for making all living things. And they are the smallest living parts in the human body. Cells vary in size, shape, and the work that they do [function], but they all contain the same basic parts. And like the organs, they help each other keep balance inside the body [maintain homeostasis].

Second, each human being began life as a single cell [zygote]. And look at us now! It’s absolutely amazing that way back in each mother’s womb, even before the brain was formed [the brain controls the body], that cells were busy following instructions for making and operating a new life. How? The information or “blue print” for a new person was built into each cell’s DNA [in the cell nucleus].

Third, each person is also made up of cells [skin, muscle, bone, etc]. The average adult has between 50-100 trillion cells, and that includes 200 different types of cells. And these cells are almost constantly active. How are we built from cells? Atoms combine to make molecules; molecules combine to make up cells; same types of cells make up tissues; different tissues make up organs; and different organs that work together make up organ-systems [immune system, digestive system, nervous system, etc]; and several organ-systems make up the human body.

Fourth, all human cells are alive and need 4 basic things to live, build-up the body, and fight-off enemies [like viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, cancer cells, etc].
Cells need:
1. Oxygen, especially from fresh air;
2. Plain water;
3. Proper nutrition from plant-based foods [100% whole grains – like wheat, brown rice, corn, or oats; fresh fruits; nuts; beans; seeds; and vegetables].  These foods contain essential elements for building up the body, making energy, and helping to protect us from disease.
4. To get rid of waste products quickly [this is helped by drinking water; fresh fruit or vegetable juices; exercise, and more].

A few wastes that have to be removed from the cells are:
1. Worn out cell parts;
2. Useless by-products from when we breathe, eat, or when our cells make or burn energy;
3. Wastes that are produced by every movement of every organ.
If wastes are allowed to remain and build up, they can harm the body. It has been said that all diseases can trace their roots to cells not getting the right nourishment, or cells not getting rid of wastes fast enough. We will take a closer look at that later on.

Fifth, cells also “speak” to each other all the time. Not with words, but electrically, chemically, or with hormone signals. Think about this: with cells constantly sending and receiving messages, could some of the things we put in our bodies [legal and illegal] possibly interfere with, confuse, or short-circuit their conversations? We will talk about this later on as well.

Sixth, disease begins at the cell level. By the time a person notices a symptom, their cells have been fighting for hours, days, weeks, months or even years, to correct a problem and keep the body in balance and alive. But if cells don’t get what they need to make energy, to fight and repair, or if they get damaged [from pressure, tearing, changes in pH, or chemical poisons], this causes a loss of balance. If the problem is fixed fast enough, things could return to normal. But if it continues or gets worse this could lead to other changes in the cells that cannot be reversed; changes where the body can’t keep balance, and disease is the result.

Bottom Line: Cells really matter. Everyday we need to give our cells what they need, so they can do their jobs well. Since, happy cells will make healthier and happier bodies.

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

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