The human body is a magnificent machine that does amazing things. Have you wondered what your spleen does? Why do we have a gallbladder? Why is having good digestion important? How significant are the kidneys, liver and pancreas? Where does fat go when you lose weight? Are we taking our skin for granted? How about our teeth?
The body also has company, a lot of company. Just last year, we learned from the Human Microbiome Project that we have more than 100 trillion of germs, which are found on the skin, up the nose and in the gut. There are so many microbes that they collectively weigh a few pounds. That’s amazing stuff.
Doctors go to school for years to learn how all of these components work in concert and what to do when one or more of those parts is thrown off.
We may not find it important to learn about which organ does what or which process keeps us alive. We may think that we should leave it up to the doctors to figure all of that out.
When you understand how the body works, you’ll be more conscious of getting adequate water, sleep and exercise. You’ll know to recognize when you’re experiencing adverse reactions from certain medications or food.
Science isn’t just for scientists. Dietitians undergo vigor study to be able to plan a patients’ diet. Personal trainers must be proficient in the study of the body, particularly the muscular and skeletal systems to effectively draw up a plan for clients trying to change their bodies.
The rest of us should become an expert in “me” by learning the basics and becoming aware of what’s going on in your own body. Appreciate it and respect it. There’s only one like it.