Holistic wellness is needed for living a well balanced life: Take care and nurture yourself. You cannot accomplish anything if you’re unhealthy. Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat properly. Many of us think we can burn the candle at both ends, eat junk food, get very little exercise, and still function adequately. Part of living a well-balanced life is learning how to deal with adversity, unforeseen events and uncertainty. If you practice not letting things get to you, you will not only learn to live a well balanced and less stressful life, you will learn to live in and savor the moment. Once you’ve done everything you can within your control, let your life unfold.
We believe the holistic approach is a form of healing that considers the whole person – body, mind, spirit, and emotions -in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic wellness philosophy, one can achieve optimal health – the primary goal of holistic practice – by gaining the proper BALANCE in life.
In order to create balance you have to maintain a relatively consistent internal body environments by controlling temperature, metabolism, blood sugar, and other important states, in other words – Homeostasic bodily environment.
In a given day, people’s bodies change in myriad ways, and many people face vastly different environments. Your cold office and hot car both challenge your body, and the process of cooling down and slowing your heart rate after exercise is an important key to physical health. While it is impossible to maintain completely consistent internal conditions at all times, the human body is remarkably adept at keeping internal conditions relatively stable.
How Does Homeostasis Work?
Homeostasis works through two primary mechanisms:
- Positive feedback occurs when the body continually amplifies a bodily state, such as when oxytocin helps to amplify contractions during labor.
- Negative feedback works by keeping the body around a relatively steady “set point,” and is often compared to a thermostat. For example, when your body temperature increases, you’ll begin sweating to cool your body down, and as your body temperature cools, sweating will stop; if sweating were controlled by positive feedback, it would continue long after your body temperature returned to normal.
Examples of mechanisms that maintain homeostasis include sweating and increasing the heart rate to pump blood to the organs and muscles during exercise.
Problems With Homeostasis
Although the body is remarkably adept at maintaining homeostasis, some medical and environmental conditions can interfere with the process. For example, a person who is dehydrated will not be able to properly regulate her body temperature. Nutritional imbalances, hormonal disorders, infections, cancer, and a host of other ailments can also undermine homeostasis. When the body is unable to maintain consistent internal conditions, people can rapidly become weak or ill.
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