The body’s aim is to maintain balance across its systems that together comprise your body.
These systems are interconnected and interdependent.
The body constantly monitors these systems to determine if they are in balance. If it finds them out of balance, it makes adjustments to bring them back into balance
What to know more? Read on.
Aim is balance
Let’s use an analogy. Think for the moment of your body being like a house.
Yes, I know a little unusual, however just go with me on this for the moment.
- A house has many rooms, the body has multiple systems.
- Each room has its own specific function, each body system has its own function.
- One room does not make a house, one system does not make a body.
- Rooms have most value when interconnected with the rest of the rooms of the house. The same principle applies to systems in the body.
- For a house to be most functional, you want all rooms operating well. The same applies to the body, for optimal health you want all systems operating optimally.
- If a room in the house is not functional, you get issues. Assume a house with no bathroom, the chaos it would cause. The same applies to the body, if a system(s) in the body is not working the result is less than optimal or in worst case poor quality health.
Role of signals?
When the body detects a system(s) out of balance, it sends a signal(s).
The role of the signal is to indicate to us that some level of imbalance exists. It is the body’s way of telling us to:
- Stop doing something
- Do something different
- To make a change
- To take action
We can respond to the signal and help the body move back into balance.
We can decide not to respond. The body will still try to re-establish balance and likely escalate its signals, to send a stronger message.
Whether it achieves balance and whether it is able to maintain the balance over time depends on a number of factors.
So what kind of signals am I talking about.
The signals are many and varied, they can include:
- Inability to sleep
- Urinating frequently
- Inability to concentrate
- Menstrual irregularities
- Weight gain or loss
- High blood pressure
- Joint pain.
- Poor memory
Some signals are specific and help indicate the health issue the imbalance implies. Other signals are non-specific and not aligned to a specific health condition / imbalance.
However all indicate some degree or type of imbalance. The aim is to re-establish balance.
Signals should not be ignored. Imbalance should not be ignored, particularly that which is consistent over time.
Experiencing bloating after a particularly heavy meal once is likely not an issue. However frequent ongoing and unresolved bloating should not be ignored.
It can indicate digestive imbalance, if ignored the imbalance can worsen and/or over time impact other body systems.
If you had a water leak in your pipe, would you let it progress from a few drops, to a trickle to a flow?
So why do we not respond?
There are many possible answers to this question. They may include:
- We are busy at work, at home or in life, our focus is elsewhere but not on our health.
- We have become used to the signals e.g. we assume daily bloating is normal.
- We do not perceive the signals to be of importance in the relative scheme of things.
- We do not understand the connection between food and lifestyle choices and health.
- We find thinking about the potential implications confronting or confusing.
- We intend to make changes, however we just do not seem to find the time.
- We do not understand sufficiently what the signal(s) mean.
- We are not sure who to talk to or where to go for help.
I could go on.
Are you aware?
Do you have awareness of the signals you experience.
- Are you receiving a signal from your body?
- Do you know what the signals mean?
- How do know what the signals mean?
- What are you doing about responding to the signals?
- If you are not doing something, why not?
Prevention is better than cure
I believe preventative is better than cure.
I believe in investing in a foundation of good health.
The first step in prevention is awareness. Understanding how you feel and what signals in your body systems mean. Understanding how your body is responding to your food and lifestyle choices.
Understand your signals
Wishing you good health.