3 Systems in Your Body that are Keys to Health & Wellness
There are three very important systems within our body that can help us maintain everyday balance and overall wellness. Let’s define them for a better understanding of what they do and how to support them.
The Digestive System
Your digestive system breaks down the foods you eat into the nutrients your body needs. It consists of the digestive tract and accessory glands (such as the salivary glands and the pancreas) that secrete digestive enzymes. Good digestive health means your body is efficiently absorbing the nutrients you need and discharging residual wastes. The first step to maintaining your gut is a daily intake of dietary fiber, such as prebiotics. A high-fiber diet and avoiding fat and sugar can help you prevent or treat various digestive conditions and can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
The Immune System
Our immune system is complex network essential for our survival, protecting our bodies from bacteria, viruses, parasites, and what are known as free-radicals, toxins and pollutants that can damage cells and proteins. Antioxidants and polyphenols are molecules that fight free radicals in your body. Your body has its own antioxidant defenses to keep free radicals in check. However, they are also found in food, especially in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based, whole foods.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The ECS has been called “the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health". With its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body's organs, it is literally a bridge between body and mind. Despite the multitude of functions performed in each area of the body, the primary objective of the ECS is always the same: homeostasis, a term which means balancing all the processes that ultimately keep our bodies functioning properly, such as sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood, and even reproduction. The Endocannabinoid System is composed of receptors throughout our bodies, acting as guards for a wide variety of cell types and responses. Our body also produces endocannabinoids, which bind to the receptors, like a lock and key. Similar molecules found in certain plants, called phytocannabinoids, can help avoid ECS deficiency and maintain homeostasis.
The Key: Support All 3
It's important to make sure these 3 systems are supported every day. A healthy gut, a strong immune system and balance between your body and mind's different functions are the foundation of being healthy and happy.