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Mind Over Medicine: 7 Ways Your Body Heals Itself

The human body has many secrets, many of which people still don’t know. Yes, the human body is a magical tool given to you from birth. It knows how to recover and heal itself independently. It is surprising that you, most likely, care a little about it, sink it with junk food, and are lazy to play sports. But the body still works in its usual mode of constant updating.

In this article, we will tell you how your body heals itself from various diseases. 

How Your Body Heals Itself?

Many of us do not take care of our bodies as we should. But still, it usually functions without any disruption; how does it happen? Keep reading; you will get all your answers.

1- Liver Regeneration

The liver is a champion in terms of its own regeneration. Instead of scarring damaged tissue, as most other organs do, the liver simply replaces old cells with new ones. This process is quite fast. If 70% of the liver gets removed from a person, it can recover in just two weeks.

Yes, this is the reason why the liver recovers soon from alcohol and substance abuse. But if a person continues to misuse these products; the liver gets damaged. In such a case, you will have to obtain a substance abuse treatment facility from a specialist to help your body and liver recover.

2- The Intestine Restores Its Lining

Every day it works hard in digesting food. The intestinal epithelium acts as a barrier, filtering out toxins and absorbing nutrients. Without this, microbes would quickly attack the entire gastrointestinal tract. To stay healthy, the body gets rid of old epithelial cells and replaces them with new ones.

The mucous membrane is almost completely restored every five to seven days. This does not mean that you should not take care of its health. Try to eat foods that are healthier for your intestine health.

3- Bones Grow Back

The plaster cast around the broken bone does not directly help its repair. But it holds the bone in place so that it can properly heal itself. A couple of hours after the injury, your body already begin to heal the broken bones. It starts to form the blood clot to clear the resulting wound.

After one to two weeks, the body will replace this clot with a collagen build-up. The body will then add minerals, so the collagen begins to harden and turn into new bone. Though the bones can heal themselves or start to grow after some time, you still need to be careful.

If bones get broken, it takes more than six weeks to recover. During this time, you will not be able to move them or use them to do your regular tasks. In case of severe bone injury, you may lose that part of the body permanently. Therefore, it is mandatory to take care of them. Take enough calcium to make them strong.

4- The Skin Renews Itself

The skin does not just repair itself while healing external damage; it also constantly works, renewing its own cells. In fact, the skin has many different layers, with the top 20 layers being dead cells. More than 30 thousand of these cells get exfoliated daily, and new ones get formed in their place.

Scars and tattoos do not disappear during this process since they are located in deeper layers. This is the reason the upper layer of the damaged skin recovers itself after some time.

5- Eye Scratches Heal Quickly

The cornea-the outer layer of the eye continually renews itself. The healthy epithelium (surface layer) replaces itself in just over a week, getting rid of old and unnecessary cells. If you inadvertently damage this epithelium, then the process begins to occur even more actively.

The eye removes “wounded” cells, and cells from other areas of the eye get superimposed on top of the wound. It fills the scratch and eliminates the damage in just a couple of days.

6- Lungs Recover From Smoking

Tiny hairs or cilia in the lungs usually remove mucus and other unwanted particles from the lungs. But when you breathe in cigarette smoke, these cilia do not move, and therefore mucus begins to form actively. In addition, irritants (irritants) in smoke cause inflammation and swelling.

If you quit smoking, you will not be able to repair the damage already done. But you will give the lungs the opportunity to repair themselves. 

About a week after your last puff, all accumulated plaque will begin to come out. It means you will be actively coughing. It will help you breathe easier, and your shortness of breath will decrease. Bonus: The risk of heart attack decreases within 24 hours of quitting cigarettes as blood pressure and heart rate decrease.

7- The Brain Builds New Connections

Previously, neuroscientists believed that the brain stops growing with age. That is, once a person reaches its peak of development and growth, brain cells will no longer be produced. However, a couple of decades ago, scientists said that the brain is quite capable of giving birth to new cells in adults. 

Researchers are now actively exploring what’s called “neuroplasticity,” which allows the brain to create new connections between neurons. For example, if an area associated with speaking gets damaged, another part of the brain can take over that function. So a patient with a head injury may well regain their ability to speak, especially with rehabilitation.

Conclusion

Though our body recovers itself, it is still important to take care of it. Moreover, if we continue with our bad habits, the chances of recovering will become lesser. With time, the organs get damaged. In such a situation, you need to contact a specialist and follow guidelines to stay healthy. Take of your organ’s health!

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