Homeostasis is the way that the body maintains a healthy, balanced system of intake, output, temperature, hydration, digestion, etc.

Homeostasis can be illustrated by what happens when we eat salty foods, like a snack of potato chips, for instance.  It isn’t long before your body requires additional hydration. So when you take a drink of water, your body tells the brain how much to drink in order to restore balance.

In the brain, the hypothalmus controls and regulates our temperature using the principal of homeostasis and feedback.

Body Component Cool Mode Warm Mode
small blood vessels constriction dilation (enlargement)
sweat glands de-activation activated
muscles shivering relaxed

The body is wonderfully equipped to operate in a peaceful state.  We can change that state by something as simple as wearing a heavier coat or turning on the air conditioner.

CLICK HERE for more details about how homeostasis helps us understand healing.

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