WELL BEING: Balance

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“Homeostasis” is just a fancy word for finding your natural health equilibrium.

Defined by the Western medical community in the early 1900’s, homeostasis refers to your bodies innate ability to find a healthy balance and re-set your over-all health base-line.  Body temperature, blood sugar, oxygen levels and the circulatory system are just a few on-going systems in action constantly seeking balance.  When we are under stress, working hard or have an accident, the body seeks to maintain homeostasis though coordination of internal systems.  This could take a little while or it could be years before your body is whole again and properly regulated.

Problem is, we get so accustomed to comparing our body and health to others but for most of us, we’re as different as apples and oranges.  Every body is different, literally!

Finding your personal balance in matters of health and healing could be as simple as recalling what you did to get well the last time you were sick or it could be as complicated as traversing uncharted territory in the cases of a new allergy or issues of aging.  Time and patience are needed as much as researching nutrients and exercises that may or may not be helpful to you.

It’s important to keep in mind that while your health situation may be identical to another persons, finding your balance may require the exact opposite actions as the other person needs.

This is why averages and statistics play such a major role in medicine and pharmaceutical research.  However, just because the majority of people average a certain height, weight, or specific illness indicators, these are merely guidelines and not indicative of what is ideal for you.

For example, a rigid daily routine may be ideal for one person but could be the source of undue anxiety and duress for another.  It’s all about finding that middle ground that suits you.

We have all had those moments when enough is enough and we just have to do something to feel better.  I firmly believe the extent to which we go to heal or get back on track is equal to how far off track we have been.  Sometimes you may witness a friend of loved one going to extremes in dieting or exercise but this could merely represent how far they feel from their ideal health situation.  It’s helpful to be supportive since they know their own body best and oftentimes they will find that middle ground soon enough.

Sometimes you have got to swing to the other end of the spectrum to find your own middle ground.  Just be careful not to judge lest ye be judged, so to speak.  The last thing you want is to be mid-meal and have someone tell you what they think would be better for you instead of what you have currently chosen to eat.  Sensitivity is key, with ourselves and others.

Unique to each individual, Diabetes shows us very clearly how careful some folks have to be when maintaining their balance.  You may be able to have a little slice of cake but the same dessert could sicken, if not hospitalize someone with blood sugar sensitivity.  What works just fine for one person could be harmful to another.

An obvious sign that what seems “normal” to the whole is out of balance for each individual is that 66% of Americans are considered clinically overweight.  The average American consumes 2,700 calories per day.  Even the least calorie conscious folks know that is a pretty high number on average.

Just because there’s a new health craze doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for your body.  Research reports come and go.  Eggs are an excellent example.  Studies showed that eggs raised cholesterol in some people so Americans gravitated towards more egg substitutes or religiously removed the yolk, just using the egg whites.  Then a study came out touting the positive benefits of eggs; their well-balanced protein to fat ratio, their whole food properties and mineral content.  Then suddenly, eggs were a hot commodity again.

Perhaps this is a cautionary tale.  What may be a sure thing for your neighbor’s health could be unhealthy for you.  If you consider all the elements that change as we grow and age, there really is no magic bullet for each person all of the time.  So maybe balance is found much more in small doses as we compare our health, not to others, but to ourselves over time.  Finding your middle ground through-out a lifetime is a daily juggling act of listening and trusting your body but indeed the kindest gift we can give ourselves.

2 Responses to “WELL BEING: Balance”

  1. eldernorm December 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    Your comment about eggs is great.
    “Eggs are an excellent example. Studies showed that eggs raised cholesterol in some people so Americans gravitated towards more egg substitutes or religiously removed the yolk, just using the egg whites. Then a study came out touting the positive benefits of eggs; their well-balanced protein to fat ratio, their whole food properties and mineral content. Then suddenly, eggs were a hot commodity again.”

    A few years ago when the “bad egg” stories hit the news, a friend swore off eggs. Later, the “good” egg stories came out. My friend asked jokingly, “What did they do to change the egg?” 🙂

    Food is food, poison is poison, life is life…. We make something good for you cause we want to. Water is good for you, drink at least 8 cups a day. Drink too much and it will kill you. (reduces the electrolyte level and nerve impulses do not travel to the heart. you die). Not too long ago, this happened to a contestant in a radio contest.

    Even poisons like bee stings, ant stings, etc can have a good effect in the right dosage. Dead flesh eating larva were used hundreds of years ago to heal, now they are used again for wounds that do not heal well. The maggots eat the dead flesh which keep the dead flesh from causing toxins to build up, there by harming you.

    Its not really a mystery, its just REALITY. Understanding REALITY is a great thing and a very helpful thing.

    Just a thought,
    en

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    • Lynn Van Noy December 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

      Agreed 100%.. some poisons can serve as medicine, depending on where you’re coming from & where you’re going to physically. Bee Sing Therapy is the perfect example of that. True.

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