A Healthy Body is a Body in Balance: Looking at Homeostasis

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Orgnization

“A healthy, balanced body cannot have chronic mood and weight problems.”                                     – Julia Ross, The Diet Cure

Take some time to honestly reflect on how you feel right now,  How did you feel this morning when it was time to get out of bed? How do you feel each afternoon around 4 or 5pm?  Would you say you are in a state of completel physical, mental and social well-being?  Or do you have chronic mood and weight problems? Do you have other health problems? Do you have trouble sleeping? Are you frequently tired? Are you plagued by every cold or flu bug that comes around? Do you have indigestion? Do you have skin problems, achy joints, or migraines?

Would you be surprised to learn that all of these conditions are related? They are all symptoms of a body that is no longer in balance. The scientific word for this is homeostasis.

Homeostasis is the ability of a person’s body to maintain a stable internal physiological condition under fluctuating environmental conditions. In other words you feel good even when things aroundscales clip art you are changing – it might be cold and rainy, or hot and dry, or pollen season, or your co-worker has a bad cold – it doesn’t matter because you are able to remain healthy. That is homeostasis.

When you are in a state of balance your metabolism burns efficiently.  You are able to maintain a stable blood sugar. Your emotions are stable. You are the correct weight for your height and body type.

Homeostasis is a key principle of good health. When you are able to get your body into a balance, into a rhythm, all of your other health problems, all of your symptoms, should be resolved.

When the body is working in harmony it has much less internal friction and much less wear and tear.  Homeostasis is the key to being able to bounce back, to recover, and to tolerate stress of any type.

Is this status of homeostasis just wishful thinking, or is it a possible reality?

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration book cover

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr Weston Price

Once again I am drawn toward the work of Dr. Weston A. Price.  His global research during the 1930s has left us with undisputable proof that generations of people have been able to achieve homeostasis across entire villages and regions.  These people were free from chronic disease, maintained a healthy weight, and were mentally stable as well. Entire cultures of happy, healthy people were a reality.

What was the secret of success for these healthy groups of people? Dr. Price felt much credit was due to their traditional diets which were full of all the needed nutrients in abundant and easily absorbable form.

Today in the United States our bodies still have an optimum body weight, still have an ability to achieve balance. We are still able to be healthy both physically and mentally. We have not lost the ability to achieve homeostasis and therefore good health and well-being.

So why are we still so unhealthy?  ……… to be continued……..Read part two here.

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