We're going to cover just how the different systems in your body work in great detail in future issues, but for now here is a quick summary of what your body does to keep on living and provide you with energy.
You put food in your mouth and begin to chew it. Your salivary glands secrete compounds that begin to break down the food along with your chewing.
The food moves into your stomach and small intestine where further digestion takes place. Your blood carries the nutrients, that were broken down during the digestion process, along with oxygen to the cells in your body.
Carbon dioxide and cellular wastes are carried away from your cells by your blood stream. Your blood is filtered then re-oxygenated and metabolic wastes and other unused components are removed from your body through your lungs, urine, bowels and skin.
Now, this is quite an over simplification of the incredibly complex processes that occur in your body. But with this simplified picture, here's a very important distinction you have to understand.
It would seem that your body does all of the above only to keep your cells, tissues and organs alive and working. But here's what you have to remember that's really important:
Your body is constantly regenerating itself
In other words, your body isn't just keeping your existing cells alive. At the same time it is also completely rebuilding new cells. Millions of them.
In fact, your body makes between 11 and 13 million new cells every second or nearly 100 million new cells in the time it took you to read this sentence.
You are constantly regenerating yourself. Your skin regenerates itself every 4 weeks, your liver every 6 weeks, your blood every 16 weeks. Even your bones completely regenerate themselves.
So, here is the million-dollar question. If you are in fact regenerating yourself every moment of every day, then would it not stand to reason that the new body that you are creating will only be as strong, as healthy and as energetic as:
1) the quality of the raw materials that build all your hundreds of millions of new cells (and feed your existing ones)
2) how well those raw materials have been prepared for the cells so that they are in a form the cells can use.
3) the quality of the transport mechanism that delivers those raw materials to your cells.
Let's take a look at each of these points.
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