Life Lessons from Your Body - Dr. Catherine Newry
naturopathic medicine, naturopathic doctor, hormone balancing, fertility, infertility, health, acupunture, Toronto, Yonge and Lawrence, Lawrence Park, Yonge and Eglinton, natural medicine, nutrition, stress managment
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Life Lessons from Your Body

Life Lessons from Your Body

This time of the year is often used for reflection. And as I look back on my chosen career path as naturopathic doctor, I’d like to share are a few of the lessons I’ve learned from studying the human body. I believe that creating a lifestyle that blends the following principles will help to keep you happy, healthy, and fulfilled.

The Importance of Balance

Like the pedals of a bicycle have to go up and down to propel it forward, there exists a similar ebb and flow, or rather dynamic balance, that keeps the body functioning. In fact, many hormones in the body have their opposite and complementary hormones. For example our blood sugar levels are kept in balance by the hormones insulin and glucagon. Insulin allows for glucose to be taken up in our tissues and is especially active after meals and glucagon signals for glucose to be released in to the bloodstream to be used by tissues such as our brain and muscles. Our bodies work carefully to maintain the balance of blood sugar levels as too much or too little can result in health issues.

The Importance of Boundaries

The body is a prime example of the benefits of healthy boundaries. First of all, we have our skin which allows us to safely exist in our environments as a primary defense against potentially harmful organisms. We also of course have other organs, which have distinct boundaries such as the brain, heart, and very importantly the stomach with its acid. The boundaries maintained by our organs provide them with support and ensure they are able to carry out their functions without major interference, BUT don’t stop the organs from effectively interacting each other.

The Importance of Being Adaptable

In theory, our bodies are well oiled machines. In reality, our bodies don’t operate in a bubble and more often than not we regularly put ourselves under some sort of stress and disrupt the fine balance that it works very hard to maintain. Whether it is a poor diet, lack of exercise, or not sleeping enough, our bodies manage to cope and adapt. It’s this adaptability that keeps us going when things get difficult and when circumstances aren’t optimal. That being said, being flexible doesn’t mean letting people take advantage of you or letting things get out of control in your life. We still need to maintain a healthy balance and healthy boundaries. For example, we have calcium that circulates in our blood and is important, among other things, for the proper contraction of muscles including our heart. When our blood calcium levels start to get low, our bodies adapt by taking calcium from our bones. This is ok in the short-term but long-term can result in health issues like osteoporosis.

Your overall wellbeing depends on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Leading a life that allows for flexibility, while maintaining a good balance and healthy boundaries can help to reduce stress and anxiety and maintain overall health. So take a few lessons from your body!

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Take good care,

Dr. C