Thanks to your body’s amazing ability to continuously regenerate, many of your “parts” are far younger than that age on your birth certificate.
A natural function of your body is create new cells to replace those that have worn out. Your body generates new blood cells, new skin cells, new hair, and new cells for your digestive organs. In fact, most every part of your body is being replaced to some extent, each and every day.
Did you know that the muscles in your legs and the tissue within your gastrointestinal system are only about 15 years old? The red blood cells that deliver oxygen to every cell in your body are only four months old, on average. And the cells on the surface of your skin have a lifespan of just two weeks.
If our bodies are constantly rebuilding ourselves, then we all have the chance to greatly improve our bodies and, by extension, our health – starting right now.
While cell turnover naturally slows with age, giving your internal “mechanic” the right parts for the job (healthy food) and staying away from age-robbers that slow regeneration (such as too much fat, sugar and calories; smoking; too much alcohol: and excess stress) will make all the difference.
As it turns out your body has different regeneration modes. You can think of it like “slow mechanics” and “young mechanics”. You can choose which body-repair mechanic will do the work, experts now believe. The key? Exercise.
Without physical activity, experts now suspect your body believes that it is winter – literally. Remember that you genetic coding isn’t based on life as it is today, but as it was lived many thousands of years ago. And if you were sitting around day after day back then, it usually meant it was the cold-weather season, with you and your family huddled together inside for warmth, long past the season for running around gathering berries and hunting wild game. This also meant that your body needed to shift into hibernation mode; in fact, your top priority would be to burn as few calories as possible, so the slow mechanic took over, doing minimal work and allowing your bones too thin, our muscles to weaken, and more.
If you get up and move around every day, your genetic code says “Aha! I need stronger bones and muscles, more brain cells to figure out how to hunt that wild boar, and a stronger cardiovascular system to keep it all supplied with oxygen and nutrients while I forage for nuts and berries in the woods.” Then the young mechanic gets to work, bolstering key body systems and creating strong new cells. Basically, you choose how healthy your body will stay.
Your body has a vast capacity for repair – and you don’t have to be a scientist in a lab to experience the benefits. In my next blog I will explore 4 strategies for Maximum regeneration of your body.
All this is great news for those of us who want to turn our bodies around for the better. As you can see, it is totally achievable!
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