The Body 101

The human body is so intricate that as vast as technology is today, science still doesn’t understand how everything works, but when you understand the basics (how the body was designed to not just function but flourish), things make more sense.

The Digestive System purpose is to provide fuel for body functions.  It’s not just what we eat, it’s how we digest, absorb, and eliminate it.  It’s the key area for immune system and neurotransmitters (chemicals your brain uses to function).  Digestion is a precisely ordered sequence of events that is mechanical and chemical – if one area is off, another will try to balance it for as long as it can. The majority of the human diet is carbs (versus fats and protein) and most of that digestion begins in the mouth by chewing. A healthy transit time is considered no more than 24 hours., so if you eat at least 3 times a day, who often should you be going to the bathroom?  The liver is the gateway to the body and filters everything but also holds onto environmental chemicals if overloaded, like those that may cause breast cancer.

The Nervous System – Brain and spinal cord. Poor nutrition impairs cognitive function. B vitamins are key.

The Circulatory System – heart, vessels and blood which transports life-sustaining minerals to the body cells and removes metabolic waste from the cells. The lymphatic system provides immunological defense. Similar path to circulatory system but no pump (Heart) and is moved by muscle contractions through movement. Spleen is the largest lymphatic organ and produces protective antibodies.

The Glandular System – endocrine glands (pituitary, thyroid, thymus, pancreas, adrenals, ovaries/testes) are ‘ductless’ so there is no direct ‘pipeline’ to one special organ, rather they produce ‘chemical messengers that regulate most body functions. The Urinary System – about ¼ of blood output goes to the kidneys which extract waste, toxic chemicals, excess minerals and water form the blood.

The Respiratory System – lungs eliminate toxins, and oxygenate the blood. Allergies can indicate the body is overloaded.

The Structural System – bones, muscles, tendon, ligaments, and skin. Skin is actually an excretory organ – skin issues usually indicate other body systems out of balance and the skin trying to compensate.