Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Miraculous Human Body

I was recently reading with my younger kids from their health book about some of the different body systems. It highlighted the respiratory, skeletal, digestive, muscular, circulatory, and nervous systems and then explained what each one does. I am always in awe of how the different systems function and work together so well. I told them there are even more systems which include the endocrine, lymphatic, reproductive, integumentary, excretory, and immune systems.

An impressive thing about these various systems is how they carry out their specific functions yet are all inter-related and work together for our health. We recently had another baby and it has been amazing to watch her little body grow and develop each day. There are so many things that could go wrong with the various body systems, so I consider it a miracle that there are not more children with serious birth defects and diseases.

Our bodies have trillions of cells, 640 muscles, 206 bones, and various organs all neatly packed in our bodies. There are some amazing creations in this world, but non can rival the human body. The scientific and medical communities may be able to create things like dialysis machines, respirators, artificial hearts, and prosthetic limbs, but they can't manufacture anything as complex as the human body.

I think the human body is one of the most amazing and beautiful creations, and I'm not just talking about beautiful models or amazing athletes. Even the most out of shape couch potato or person who is afflicted with disease still has an amazing body that does so many impressive things.

Your body is far more valuable and amazing than the most expensive sports cars.
Obviously, the better care we take of our bodies, the better we can expect them to perform. We bring many of the infirmities we experience on ourselves due to poor lifestyle choices. Many of the diseases the population deals with could be avoided by better nutrition, exercise, stress control, and prevention. If you are not happy with your body, then you probably don't realize all of the amazing things it does. Your body is a miraculous creation so you should start treating it that way.

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