It is the cells which create and maintain in us, during the span of our lives, our will to live
and survive, to search and experiment, and to struggle. ~Albert Claude
Albert Claude was a Belgian-American medical doctor and cell biologist who laid the groundwork for modern cell biology, with his 1945 publication of the first diagram of cell structure. Claude stated: “Man like other organisms, is so perfectly coordinated that he may easily forget, whether awake or asleep, that he is a colony of cells in action, and that it is the cells which achieve, through him what he has the illusion of accomplishing himself.” (Note: Despite Claude’s lack of addressing women, by just saying man in this quote, I believe the underlying intention of his conveyance to mean humans--including both men and women. We do know that talk was historically more sexist in the 1940s; we also know that progress has changed this in today’s modern society.)
Let’s Talk about the “Life-Creep!”
The life-creep appears in people through a myriad of pesky ailments, or the onset of illnesses and serious diseases that start to develop after years of mental wear and physical tear on the body. What happens? Why does this life-creep show up?
Often when people are young and in a healthy state, there’s a lack of mental focus towards maintaining their bodies internally—they’re just not particularly concerned with cellular aging or needing to worry about how they’re eating, drinking, moving, sleeping, and managing stress, because overall their bodies are still fit and feel good! The feelings of degeneration, which can come over time in the body, are nowhere in sight YET—out of sight, out of mind! That is until aches, pains, illnesses, or diseases begin to rear their ugly heads manifesting in the body after years of compounded damaging lifestyle habits or neglect.
It’s during these early years in a person’s lifespan that their primary lifestyle habits are formed. These habits not only affect how fast, but to what degree, their body’s degeneration will occur—affecting overall longevity and vitality long-term. These habits become second nature and are acted out unconsciously hour-after-hour; day-after-day; week-after-week; year-after-year; and decade-after-decade. The life-creep happens! When and how it shows up depends on the quality of one’s regular habits and personal care for their body’s cellular life.
What I’d like for everyone to deeply understand about health is this: The interconnected biology of the human body and mind (bodymind) depends on its healthy cells. And, regardless of which ill-conditions or diseases may be manifesting in the bodymind, the bottom-line culprits of this will be MALFUNCTIONING CELLS.
We must understand cell basics if we want to understand how our bodies work. The molecular and cellular level is how everything in the body is ultimately able to function, from reproduction to infections, to repairing a broken bone. The condition of your body’s cells is critical to your health because each one of them are the carriers of genetic information. Cells are living organisms—complex mini-universes that work in synergy to produce billions of required chemical reactions every minute you are alive.
The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants. ~Thomas A. Edison
Quality of Life for Life!
At a microscopic level, the body is made up of cells—trillions of them. You are born with a tremendous quantity of cells that form the structure of your body--all its organs and parts--and keeps you alive, but after birth, you don’t get any more of these little engines! Although your body’s cells will regenerate through a type of facsimile of themselves (a process that continually rebirths and replaces worn out cells), this process does not go on indefinitely. All cells have a lifespan. Let’s face it, ultimately there is no escape from death as it is a natural universal phenomenon of all living things. Our motivation and attempts to keep ourselves healthy during our lifetimes are really a quality of life issue for each one of us.
Considering cells have a natural lifespan that can be grossly upset by not providing the right nutrients, or care, can anyone really afford to be harming and shortening the lifespan of one’s cells? Many people do it unknowingly, because they just don’t think about their body health from this perspective. Most people want to feel well for as long as they can in order to enjoy life. So, doesn’t it make a huge amount of logical sense to know a little about cells’ needs and eliminate, or at least severely curtail, those habits that are known to cause harm and an early demise to the lifespan of your body’s cells?
Learning to nurture the condition of your body cells is a long-term wellness strategy that is key to feeling your healthiest best for your entire life. The first step towards gaining knowledge is to have this strategy in your awareness and on your mind. Heard the expression “out-of-sight, out-of-mind”? Well, it works the same way with your thoughts too. You can’t have something on your mind if you’re not thinking about it. Begin to approach your daily actions with mindfulness and the consideration of how your behaviors affect your body’s cells and you will start the process of developing a different mindset about how to take care of yourself.
You will soon think differently and act more responsibly for your own health because you are no longer singular in want but fully aware of how your actions truly affect trillions of living cells in your body. Cells, that rely on you for their healthy life too. In turn, these incredible cells that you are in partnership with and possess a major control over, they are your life-force.
The greatest partnership and most intimate relationship you’ll ever have in your life is between you and your own body! Perhaps you’ve never recognized, or thought about it this way, but your mental connection with your body’s life-force—Healthy CELLS, is constant and ever-present. The synergy of the two working in harmony and not against each other will help you manage your personal health clearly, perhaps differently.
By Judith Garner, Certified Health Coach
Helping people stay healthy inside & out!