We call physiological balance or harmony, homeostasis, defined as the ability of a system to maintain stability in response to any stimulation or situation that disturbs normal function. Our body naturally strives towards a balanced environment where cells can thrive. When something disrupts this balance we activate a series of responses to recreate stability. Sometimes we return to the same level of balance as before the disruption but mostly we find a new level of balance, different from where we started. This is how we grow.
This dance can be both a positive and negative process, healing or harming, step up or step down. For example, if we drink lots of coffee we rapidly increase the acidity of our extracellular fluid, which washes over our cells. Our body, in its efforts to try and balance out the acidity, releases alkalizing mineral salts from our bones. In this way we regain balance, but at the cost of our bone health. Eventually we demineralise our bones in our efforts to keep up with the constant acidifying effects of that daily cup of coffee. Another example is when we are exposed to a cold environment and our core temperature begins to drop. We begin to pull blood away from our outer body to preserve warmth in our core, and we shiver to create heat.
Homeostasis can get much more complex than this, where we begin to change the genes we switch on and switch off in response to changes in the environment around our cells, tissues, organs and bodies. A cell bathed in high levels of glucose as a result of a high-sugar diet, may decide to activate a series of genes that lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. A cell exposed to the downstream effects of our thoughts and emotions may have its balance supported or disrupted.
Using homeostasis as a tool to constantly advance our baseline level of equilibrium is one way to maintain and improve one’s health. Adding nutrients into the mix that disrupt the status quo and recreate a healthier improved level of balance allows us to correct the repercussions of past disruptions. A diet rich in phytonutrients and fatty acids, adequate sun exposure, living water, appropriate movement and actively unpacking our constrictive thoughts and belief systems all serve to use homeostasis as a tool of positive evolution. Take responsibility for the repercussions of your lifestyle choices and begin to use homeostasis as a tool for growth and evolution.
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