Following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the New York Post.
"Think you've got the body of someone half your age? Turns out you're right. If you're in your late 30s, your muscles are only around 15 years old, say scientists. And some of your parts aren't much older than a newborn's - your eyelashes are only 2 months old, while the surface of your skin has been around a mere two weeks.
That's the word from scientists in Sweden uncovering new information about the way the body breaks down and renews itself. They found that as you get older, your cells are constantly dying off and being regenerated, meaning many parts of your body are years younger than your chronological age.
Your taste buds? New every 10 days. Your bones? Ten years old, on average.
Your cerebellum? It's roughly three years younger than you are, which is something to consider next time you're tempted to shave a few years off the age in your online dating profile."
The question arises that if the body continuously completely renews itself, why does it not rid itself of sickness and disease? There is scientific discovery that indicates that the biblical proverb, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he", not only refers to our beliefs, character and behaviour, but also extends to our physical bodies. Amongst others, Candice Pert (PhD.) has done extensive research in the role that thoughts and emotions play in our mental and physical well-being.
In her book "Molecules of Emotion", she asserts that the condition and quality of our thoughts and emotions determine the condition of our bodies as these determine the types of chemicals released in our bodies that either harm us (stress) or benefit us (well-being). Your dominant thought patterns have a direct influence on you health. Positive thoughts release positive chemicals with positive results in the body, while negative thoughts release negative chemicals with negative results.
It seems clear then that we are far more responsible for our physical and mental well-being than we have been taught. The secret to well-being lies in the following:
- Healthy diet
- Regular exercise
- Regular inventory of our thoughts and emotions.