Let’s Get Cellular
By Sue Wilby - Naturopath and Nutritionist
We are often led to believe that big and strong is best however when it comes to our health perhaps we should shift our focus?
The human body consists of a number of systems, e.g. the Respiratory system, the Immune System and the Nervous system, each of which contains related organs that work together to keep the system functioning.
Organs contain various types of tissues; if we look at the skin it is composed of epithelial tissue, the thin outer layer or epidermis and the thicker connective tissue in the dermis below. The sub-cutaneous layer consists of adipose and areolar tissues. If we get even more granular, at the cellular level there are keratinocytes, melanocytes (cytes = cells), and in the nervous system there are neurons and astrocytes.
Regardless of the cell type, shape or size they all perform some important functions including: the synthesis of new protein, synthesis of fatty acids and steroids, detoxify drugs and harmful substances, recycle own worn-out structures, produce energy (ATP) and storage of our genetic material.
While we can’t change our inherited genes (genotype) we can affect their behaviour or genetic expression through our environment (phenotype).
At the cellular level it is the small changes that make the biggest difference to our cells’ health:
An extra hour of sleep
Portion control of food
Meditation or relaxation techniques
Organic or less-processed foods
Healthy fats in our meals
Minimising toxins & chemicals in the home
Change plastic for glass
If we look after our cells - they will look after us.
About the Author
Sue is an experienced health care practitioner specialising in Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicine. She has spent the past 15 years providing consultations to clients to improve their health and lifestyle, with a proven record in the assistance of weight loss, stress reduction and general well-being treatment plans. Sue is known for her passion about nutrition, its impacts on health, and the benefits of herbal remedies and is a member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society.
Disclaimer - The information provided here is general only. For specific health advice and before beginning any new supplements, diet or lifestyle changes, always consult your health practitioner or book in a health consultation with our university-qualified naturopaths and nutritionists.