Joy of Homeostasis

One of the best things humans (and other animals) evolved is a powerful mechanism for homeostasis. Health is not the absence of death and disease. Health is internal and external balance, or homeostasis.

When we have healthy homeostasis we respond quickly and easily to environmental stresses and are able to restore natural balance. Health is a homeostatic hum. It is the ability to adapt and go with flow.

Homeostatis is a word that describes how the internal world of our bodies responds to the external world that is always changing. For example, humans and other mammals adjust internally to keep a constant body temperature even when it’s cold outside. We have many such mechanisms that turn on or off due to changes in the environment. This is how our bodies evolved.

Unfortunately, many health problems come from a lack of homeostasis. Something is out of balance. For example, humans now often instead change our environment by turning up the thermostat. So we regulate the environment instead of letting our bodies respond to it.

To get back in balance, we often need to remove artificial conditions in our environment that conflict with how our bodies evolved. This is different from how people often think of the problem. Often, we belive that we need to change ourselves.

The bodies of humans (and all animals) evolved to adjust to our environment naturally in order to keep the balance within a narrow range of conditions. For example, when it’s cold outside, our bodies store more fat. Obesity and chronic illness are predictable symptoms or side effects of what happens when we attempt to create habitats rather than adapt to them.

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