Let’s throw out any preconceived notion of what “unhealthy” means. Naturally, people tend to correlate being unhealthy with being overweight (I’ll take Superficial for 200, Alex) so we’ll try to stick to that for simplicity’s sake. Weight gain isn’t unhealthy, nor is any other sort of disorder, dis-ease, or cancer once you understand the body’ s mechanism for survival (and what it takes for them to develop).
Those whom we may deem unhealthy are actually the perfect manifestation of an organism that is adapting to its environment and surviving despite internal or external conditions. Have you ever heard of the term “superbug”? You know, the bacteria strains or insects that literally become resistant from generation to generation to any medications or chemical treatments – they evolve and maintain life simply by adapting to their environment. Humans are much like that, too, only we tend to complicate things so much more with our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs, BUT the autonomic instinctual adaptive mechasnisms will always be there to save us [from ourselves].
When an imbalance occurs the body will do whatever the heck it takes to survive. Those who are overweight, are diabetic, are hypothyroid, are anorexic, et cetera, et cetera, are surviving as best as they can. Given that’s really not a pleasant way to go through life – by trying to exist rather than existing – but that’s how our bodies are designed. It’s quite the most miraculous thing, really. To see an “unhealthy” person walking down the street is a true miracle of life. Their body is literally adapting to every single thing that’s thrown at it, cutting corners any way it can, and still has the energy to wake up the next morning.
Something important to note: adaptation involves energy, and in an “unhealthy” person’s case it is usually created through round-about, impractical ways and, thus, ends up using more energy than necessary. That same process of doing whatever the heck it takes to survive can become a daunting task if the problem is chronic and/or builds upon itself due to the amount of energy the body is able to create and maintain through diet and lifestyle.
If you or a loved one is “unhealthy,” first take some time to appreciate what the body is doing to maintain life. Second, verse yourself in the body’s “protective” and “defense” mechanisms that produce the “unhealthy” (survival) results. Third, research how diet and lifestyle choices affect the body on a hormonal level. And, fourth, bring the body and its hormones back into balance (homeostasis) through a new perspective. If there were a fifth: do your research, do your research, and do some more research.
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