Eight Stretching Tips:
Marvelous Self-healing Body
Dr. Ben Kim
looking to overcome a specific health challenge, for most of us, the
tendency is to look for a remedy - some pill, cream, or perhaps a
liquid that we can drink - that will fix our problem right up.
is that in most circumstances, your body knows best how to heal itself.
It's not a stretch to state that your body is designed to do one thing,
and that's to preserve its health.
is why, when you cut yourself, your body immediately triggers a cascade
of events that aim to reduce blood loss by coagulating your blood
at the injured site. And without taking a break, your body then works
to reestablish the layers of skin that have been injured.
no mistake about it: your body is constantly replenishing its cells.
Every thirty days, you have brand new skin. You produce a new stomach
lining every five days. It takes about ninety days for your body to
turnover all of the molecules that make up your bones. And every second,
several million red blood cells are removed and replaced
from your circulatory system.
the vast majority of molecules that make up your body today did not
exist about a year ago, which is to say that your body is constantly
at work, repairing and replenishing itself.
are currently experiencing a health challenge, you may be wondering
how all of the above can be true. If your body is constantly creating
new tissues, then why haven't dysfunctional tissues been replaced
with functional ones?
is likely that you have not identified the root causes of your health
challenges. Without identifying and addressing the root causes of
your health challenges, your body's self-healing mechanisms are likely
being outdone by the damage being caused by your daily choices.
of it in this way: If you replace the bricks of a house, but do so
without any changes in equipment, building methods, and architectural
plan, you'll end up rebuilding the same house.
same vein, if you want to build healthier tissues, you must provide
your body with different building blocks than the ones that you used
to create your health challenge. These building blocks include your
food choices, lifestyle choices like how much rest, exercise, fresh
air, and sunlight you get, and even the thoughts and emotions you
regularly experience as a result of how you choose to spend your time
and the people that you choose to spend your time with.
as you're reading these words, your body is doing its best to heal
damaged areas. Your body works nonstop to repair, maintain, and replenish
as your healing mechanisms go to work right away to heal a cut on
your skin, they're always on alert and ready to do their best to protect
against internal challenges like joint damage, blood vessels that
are becoming clogged, and even rapidly dividing cancer cells.
why your self-healing mechanisms have a greater chance of successfully
healing a cut than they do of fully healing other health challenges
like arthritis, atherosclerosis, and various malignancies is that
with health challenges that are generated internally, it's impossible
to see the effects of your choices in real time.
obvious that sharp objects can cut through your skin. So you know
to avoid contact with such objects i.e. you remove the cause of
your health challenge and give your self-healing mechanisms a solid
opportunity to successfully restore your health.
have chronic joint pain, clogged blood vessels, or intermittent headaches,
you can't see in real time how acrylamides in potato chips, casein
in pasteurized and homogenized dairy, and massive quantities of free
radicals in cheap vegetable oils directly injure and/or aggravate
your cells internally. Ditto for the effects of large quantities of
sugar, aspartame, heterocyclic amines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,
and the many other disease-causing compounds found in the standard
first world nation diet.
difficult to see in real time is how being mired in miserable relationships
can elevate stress-related compounds throughout your body, accelerating
wear and aging of all of your organs.
you don't see how everyday occurrences like consumption of cheddar-flavored
Pringles and feeling anxiety or hatred in your heart affect your cells,
how can you possibly be motivated to limit your exposure to these
and other disease-causing elements?
you wait until your health deteriorates to a point where one small
mouthful of cheesecake causes your hip joint ache for a week? For
the record, I've known many clients who live this reality.
you suffer a massive heart attack that nobody, even your doctor, sees
health care requires that you understand how your body works, and
make choices based on this knowledge. My experience has been that
most people aren't sufficiently motivated to consistently make healthy
choices until their discomfort is severe enough. And even at this
point, there are some who prefer to continue with their harmful vices
while numbing their discomfort with drugs or even surgical excision.
is that it takes two ingredients to consistently make healthy choices
that support your self healing mechanisms. The first is an understanding
of your body's self healing design. The second is a strong enough
reason for wanting to be healthy for as long as possible. When you
have both, it becomes almost natural to make daily choices that fully
support your innate healing capacity.
that the take home message is that you can always be hopeful in knowing
that if you make healthy choices, your body's self healing mechanisms
will get their best possible chance to restore your health.
faced with a specific health challenge, please remember that your
body isn't likely to overcome the problem at hand with the same choices
that you made during its development. Put another way, to paraphrase
Einstein, "your problems cannot be fixed with the same behaviors that
were in place when you created them."
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