How well do you know yourself?
Do you know yourself more than anyone out there?
A Few Facts About Our Bodies:
- Stop smoking. Your lungs are so magically beautiful. The walls of your lungs are full of tiny blood vessels called capillaries, and have 300,000 million of them! If you took all these capillaries and laid them out, they would stretch to be 1500 miles long.
- Our cells are constantly dying and reforming. The capacity of this activity is different for each age. An average healthy adult loses 300,000,000 cells per minute. But each day 10 to 50 trillion cells are replaced in our body.
- Your heart beats 40,000,000 times per year. Over a lifetime,that results in 2, 600,000,000 heartbeats.
- As we age, our touch sense deteriorates. At around 18, we lose around one percent of our tactile sense each year. Some of the reasons why elderly people fall down many times is because they are receiving less tactile information from the soles of their feet. One way to combat this is by walking barefoot.
- The brain is made up of 100 billion nerve cells and each brain cell is connected to around 10,000 other cells. This equals around 1000 trillion connections in the brain. Wow!
- Did you know that our tongue has about 10,000 taste buds? And that they are replaced every two weeks or so?
Are these the popular nerdy topics we talk about at social gatherings? I doubt it. Better let the doctors tell us, why should we know?
Let me first say how I absolutely respect doctors and their services. I also acknowledge their years of studying and the sacrifices they made to become so educated. I have absolute high regards for them.
But every doctor is different just as every teacher is different.
I have met a minority of doctors who genuinely cared for my health. The rest, forgive me, just wanted me to be sick because the sicker I was the more work they had.
I am notorious for asking questions and let me tell you the majority of doctors either did not want to disclose information, or they truthfully did not know how to answer my questions.
We can be our own doctors.
My mom has a book she has kept for over ten years.
It is an encyclopedia about health. Every time someone in the family gets sick, she’d go to the book. She’s no doctor, but she is a very concerned person.
She knows the shapes, sizes, colors and purpose of each organ. Today, when any of us is feeling ill, we ask her and she shares her knowledge. We trust her because she is as curious about the world under her skin as much as she is curious about the world around her.
Why Should We Know The World Within?
With so much information accessible to us in libraries, online, on television, the radio, and from mentors, we can learn about our organs, blood, bones, endocrine glands, nervous system and much more. We can educate ourselves about the complex and incredible world that has been thriving within us since the time we were conceived.
Knowing more can help us prevent diseases.
Preventing illness is real. The world inside us is absolutely important and one of the hardest things to change because we are creatures of habit.
We are also victims of products and lifestyles.
We Pride Over Our High Standard Of Living
A middle class person today lives a richer life than any queen or king did over 100 years ago. Our lives are easier with a push of a button. Unnecessary and time-consuming duties are removed from our days to leave more room for important things. The irony is that the more important things are not actually that important. Life just got lazier.
Our body is a temple that should be respected. If there is no self-respect how can we take good care of ourselves? Harboring low self-esteem is not in the best interest of our well-being. Self confidence leads us to appreciate our body and mind. We come to an understanding that being healthier can help us be our best.
Simple Actions That Can Help Us Get To Know Ourselves Better:
- Get a dog. Or a walking buddy ( human ). Walking once to three times a day is not only good for us physically, it is clarity for our mind. I love walking with my dog because we do not talk. There are no mental distractions. Walking alone is very peaceful too.
- Following a mentor who shares information about your body and your mind’s health. What you listen to or read on a weekly basis increases not only your knowledge but your desire to stay healthy. What we do not see or hear we will eventually forget exists. The more aware we become of our body and mind the more we want to participate in maintaining its well-being.
- Don’t just exercise! That sounds so boring. Find an activity you love. If you do not know what it is, keep looking until you find it. Physical activity is more exciting if it is something you are passionate about.
- Being healthy is not complicated and difficult. If you just add three good things per day without changing anything else, your habits will slowly change for the better. For example, if you eat one bowl of a seasonal salad a day, drink up to 2 liters of clean water per day, and walk each day, your bad habits will slowly remove themselves willingly over time.
- Talk to strangers. Talking to unfamiliar people requires coming out of your comfort zone. Try to smile and say hello to people without judging them. Since you are at risk of isolating yourself from others with your new technologies and social media, practicing kindness and genuine friendliness is a stress release and a wonderful way to stay connected to the world around you.
- Touching people. Your skin is the largest organ of your body. There has been so much research done on the positive effects of mindful and safe touching in the form of a pat on the shoulder, a firm handshake, a sincere hug and intimate bonding.
- Believe. This is such a powerful emotion to carry around. To believe things will get better, to believe you can try something different, to believe in a purpose, to believe in a meaning are all driving forces that inspire you. Where do they inspire you? To a better way. To a better life. To a happier place. To your dreams. Towards love. We are more than bones and meat. We have a soul that needs to stay ignited.
I really hope you enjoyed this article. If you did you might like Freedom Of Choice Can Lead Us To Quitting where I write about ways that may break quitting habits.
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