Written By: Dr. Andrea Schnowske
Did you know that your body is amazing? There are millions of processes going on in your body right this second that you don't even have to think about and yet they are being performed each and every second of every day.
For instance, right now the muscles of your chest and the small muscles between your ribs are contracting and expanding as you take a deep breath in without even thinking about it and your diaphragm ( a thin sheath of muscle) is moving upward and downward inside of your chest to help draw air in and push it out of your lungs for more efficient breathing. In the meantime the alveoli of your lungs are expanding to twice their normal size so that the millions of blood vessels that line them (about 1500 miles worth) can absorb enough oxygen to supply every cell in your body. WOW, right?
Let me wow you some more. Here's a few amazing facts about your body.
1) A block of bone the size of a matchbox can support 9 tons which is 4 times as much as concrete!
2) When you sleep you grow 8mm by nutrient and water absorption in the discs of your spine, but you shrink back down after gravity forces press that hydration back out of your discs in the morning.
3) The focusing muscles of your eye move 100,000 times a day, if you worked your legs that much you'd have walked 50 miles.
4) The human body puts off enough heat in 30 minutes to boil a half gallon of water.
5) Female ovaries contain half a million egg cells but only about 400 ever mature to be able to create new life.
6) Male testicles produce 10 million sperm cells each day, which is enough to repopulate the planet in 6 months.
So how does your body know how to do all those things? Innate intelligence, that's how! Your body has an innate intelligence that conducts every process in your body every second of the day and also knows how to react and adapt to the changing environment around you. That is what makes us amazing and why scientists all over the world spend their lives trying to understand the body and its complex processes every day!
Innate intelligence is the driving force behind your body's ability to regulate your body temperature, blood sugar, the amount of nutrients you need to absorb from your food, the amount of oxygen your muscles need to survive without dying, the speed of blood being circulated through your body depending on what you're doing at that moment, and even the amount of sleep you need each night. It's also the force that directs your bones how to remodel to support your weight and directs your skin how to heal after you get a paper cut.
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Andrea Forget-Schnowske, D.C. is a chiropractor in Westmont, IL. She is a Palmer College of Chiropractic graduate that focuses on helping patients maintain their health and stay out of pain. Dr. Andrea focuses on a "whole body approach" with her patients and strives to identify the true cause of their condition rather than just symptoms. She works with her patients to not only provide management options to reduce pain while healing but also revolutional care approaches that strive to restore posture and strength in order to prevent future re-injury. She stresses health education with her patients so that they can understand what caused their condition, the different treatment options available to them, and also how they can help to speed up the healing process. This unique approach can help you to accelerate and maintain your journey to great health as you better understand the dynamics of your body.
Dr. Andrea is eager to help people of all ages live healthier lives and enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle. She maintains a blog called Healthy Habits that shares helpful tips and insight on common conditions and concerns about everyday health. Click here to visit her blog. She also speaks about wellness topics in her local community and volunteers to help with local charity events.