Are You Adapting?

What Is Adaptation?

Have you ever coughed or sneezed? Did you ever have a fever? Do you sweat when hot? Shiver when cold? Do you get out of breath after you run? Do you get hungry? Thirsty? Do you run from danger?

 

What Are These Questions About?

Adaptation. Adaptation is your ability to respond to changes in the environment physically and mentally, internally, and externally to maintain your balance or homeostasis (a word coined by the great American Physiologist Walter Cannon. (1))

Adaptation is terribly complex and can involve all your organ systems. Therefore, it is of supreme importance. Your ability or inability to adapt can make the difference between health and sickness, even life and death.

Some of the ways you adapt are by ridding your body of toxins (coughing, sneezing, fever) other ways you adapt is by utilizing oxygen and food for energy, digestion, ridding your body of wastes, and hundreds if not thousands of other day-to-day functions you probably don’t think about. You don’t have to. Your body’s wisdom takes care of your many needs. Simply put, the better you can adapt to change, the better off you are in every aspect of your life.

 

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