"The ability or tendency of an organism or cell to
maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its internal processes."
(Webster's New College Dictionary)
"The maintenance of normal internal stability in
the organism by coordinated responses of the organ systems that
automatically compensate for environmental changes" (Webster's
What is involved in homeostasis?
Refers to the internal balance of the body's electromagnetic and chemical
There must be a balance in enzymes, minerals, and
hormones in order for the body to function properly.
Enzymes drive many of the chemical reactions that keep
our bodies functioning. There are two types of enzymes:
Metabolic enzymes, which run
our tissues and organs and regulate their functioning.
Digestive enzymes, which help
digest food. If the digestive enzymes get out of balance, we don't
get the full benefit of food; food can actually become toxic and result
in allergic symptoms (and leaky gut).
Minerals -- minerals work in
conjunction with each other; if there is too little or too much or one
mineral, it can upset the ability of other minerals to work properly (i.e.
calcium / phosphorus ratio, copper/zinc, etc.)
What upsets homeostasis?
Major culprit: LIFESTYLE!
Too much sugar -- compromises
our immune system and weakens the balance in our body.
Fast food -- which is usually
fried. Fried foods have a greater quantity of free radicals and also clog the arteries.
Processed, packaged, frozen,
canned and overcooked foods -- are filled with chemicals, additives,
preservatives, high sodium and sugar content. Our bodies are
designed to digest food in its more natural state, not the 'improved',
greatly adulterated food that man has come up with (Twinkies, Cheetos,
and hot fudge sauce were forbidden in the Garden of Eden!!)
Allergens " can be inhaled
(plant pollens, animal dander, mold spores, tobacco smoke or vehicle
exhaust), ingested (foods or medications), injected (insect bites or
stings and some medications), or touched (plants such as poison ivy,
nickel, copper or latex).
Food allergies and
sensitivities -- common culprits are eggs, dairy, peanuts, wheat, corn,
shellfish, fish, soy, antibiotics and NSAIDS.
Drugs -- these generally treat
the symptoms and do not address the root cause. Much illness could be
avoided altogether if people just ate the right foods. . .in the right
amounts. Americans OVER consume food and then OVER medicate.
Toxins -- there's no escaping
them. They're in the:
artificially-sweetenedfood we ingest;
pollutedair we breathe outdoors and
indoors; indoor air is 10 times more polluted than outdoor air -- even
the air of major, industrialized cities!). Indoor air is polluted
carpeting, paint, vinyls,
plastics, fabrics, cleaning products, etc.
perfumes, room deodorizers,
even candles -- paraffin and wax candles release carcinogenic toxins
into the air;
mold and bacteria from the
heating and air conditioning systems in our homes and offices;
heavily-chlorinatedwater we drink and bathe in.
Chlorine is carcinogenic andwhen heated releases into the air chloroform, a
highly toxic gas which is then inhaled into the lungs;
body, skin, and hair products
apply to our bodies. The skin is the body's largest organ
-- everything we put on the body goesinto the body where the liver and
other organs must work to filter out harmful toxins. We put toxins
in much faster than the body can get rid of, hence we become toxic, the
immune system is impaired; and the body must fight a constant battle to
get back into balance. As the body continually fights toxins, it cannot
ward off illness properly.
What are the signs of being out of balance? (food
and chemical insensitivities, Candida, fatigue, susceptibility to
infections, prolonged infections. . .)
What do we do to bring
our bodies back into balance?
Eat the right foods (organic if possible), drink plenty
of good (filtered) water, take supplements, limit alcohol, avoid smoking,
limit usage of drugs, etc.
Alter our environment as much as possible:
use natural cleaning products,
organic makeup and skin care; use an air filter (especially in the
bedroom); bathe and shower in filtered water; use full spectrum lighting;remove mercury fillings
Understand the mind / body connection:
Take time to de-stress and
relax -- develop hobbies, listen to relaxing music, get a massage, take
more vacations and weekend getaways
Choose to respond to
situations in a positive manner, instead of anger, frustration, fear,
etc. -- view life as exciting and an adventure.
Cultivate a sense of humor --
people who laugh easily and often tend to be more optimistic, experience
less stress, and live longer.
Get plenty of exercise --
releases endorphins, aids the lymphatic system, induces better quality
EXERCISE -- cardio for the circulatory system, strength
training for muscle tone and strength, and stretching for
flexibility. The human body was designed for movement, not for
sitting at a desk all day or in a car for hours on end. We tend to
avoid anything that will make us sweat -- and sweating is a major way our
bodies release toxins.
Practice regular DE-TOXIFICATION techniques.
Infrared saunas -- the best
way to release toxins such as chlorine, heavy metals, etc.; why infrared
is different from/better than steam saunas
Massage -- stimulates
Exercise / Rebounding --
stimulates lymphatic system
Liquid (juice) fasting -- can
do liver cleanses, etc.
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