Wikipedia describes healing as “the process of the restoration of health to an unbalanced, diseased or damaged organism.”
Believe it or not, your body has the ability to heal itself. It can correct health problems from illnesses to injury.
It has the ability to recover from a hard day of work and help you get back into shape.
When you cut yourself or get sick your body’s natural healing process kicks in. Within a few days you can see cuts healing and symptoms of illness start to dissipate. Disease usually occurs when the body has been neglected for a long period of time. It simply does not have the ability to heal itself.
How does the process work?
The human body is made up of cells. These cells have the ability to regenerate and renew themselves. As cells become damaged or destroyed, the surrounding cells work to create new cells.
When bleeding occurs in our bodies the blood vessels close to the area contract to slow bleeding. A blood clot then forms at the injury site. White blood cells accumulate here and destroy the dead cells while new cells almost immediately begin to form. When this process is stops, healing has been completed.
The healing process happens daily, not just when an injury occurs. Every day, throughout our body, cells are damaged and die off while new cells are formed to replace them.
Now that you understand the body’s natural healing process. It’s time to take a look at how living a healthy lifestyle contributes to a healthy body.
When your body is working at peak performance, it can heal itself from injury and disease. Living a healthy lifestyle means you are actively pursuing the highest level of health possible for your body. This includes balancing your physical, mental, social, environmental and spiritual wellbeing.
Getting a full nights rest every day can prevent many diseases. Our body expends very little energy when we sleep so it can focus on healing and cell regeneration. The average adult needs 8 hours of sleep while kids need 11 to 12 hours per day.
Consuming a healthy, nutrient rich diet improves the body’s natural healing process. Avoid processed foods, preservatives, artificial additives and anything that doesn’t come in its natural form.
Eating fruits and vegetables as well as lean meats, nuts and seeds allows the body to process them easily. When possible, eat raw or lightly steamed vegetables to preserve the nutrients. Choose organic foods when possible. Pesticides, growth hormones and other toxins found in non-organic foods can lead to illness and disease.
Regular exercise helps the body become stronger. It conditions the cardiovascular system to pump stronger. It improves stamina, promotes balance and strengthens the body’s core. Exercise also aids in reducing emotional stress and improving sleep.
While the body can heal itself naturally, it cannot do it properly if you are constantly flooding it with unhealthy choices. Living a healthy lifestyle allows you to take a proactive approach to health rather than a reactive one, once a problem arises. If you are tired of being a couch potato and dealing with aches and pains, consider restoring your body’s good health by making changes to your life.