Did you know that we have been given a divine feature as a human being since we were born, which some of us may not have noticed yet– the human body’s capability of healing itself naturally? Here is what Dr. Lissa Rankin, MD and author of Mind Over Medicine, tells us:
“Your body is a self-healing organism.”
What Is Self-healing?
According to Dr. Howard Murad, a leading visionary in health, wellness and dermatology and author of The Water Secret, every cell in our body is renewed by themselves roughly every 10 weeks: the skin turns over once a month, the liver about six weeks, and the bone about once every three months. And as Dr. Lissa Rankin mentions, “our physiology texts teach us that it (the body) is brilliantly equipped with natural self-repair mechanisms that kill the cancer cells we produce every day, fight infectious agents, repair broken proteins, keep our coronary arteries open and naturally fight the aging process.”
How to Help Your Body Heal Itself?
Before we understand the natural healing process, it is important to take a look at how our autonomic nervous system operates first. The system has two major operations systems: the sympathetic nervous system, which produces the body’s stress response, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which produces the body’s relaxation response. The latter one is our homeostatic state, which means our body is in equilibrium.
To facilitate the body’s natural self-repair process, our body’s self-healing mechanisms will need to only function when the nervous system is in relaxation response. In other words, if you are under stress or experience stressful thoughts, feelings and beliefs (as the image here suggests), it is likely that you are preventing your body to heal yourself.
As I am writing this, I am thinking to myself: no wonder stress is so harmful. It does not only affect us emotionally, but greatly hinders our physical performance as well. To help us fight stress and create a best self-repair environment possible for the body, Dr. Rankin has recommended a six-step approach to fight stress and reinforce a positive mind. Her suggestions can be found here.
Once we set up an ideal environment for the body to kick off the self-repair process, we would also need to look at other important elements in life that are considered to be fuels to quicken the healing process. Among the different considerations, having enough sleep and rest is crucial for the body cells to renew themselves. Equally important are the foods we feed our body. A healthy and nutrition-packed diet will give the body systems enough energy and enable them to function properly and efficiently under the self-repair mode. Additionally, exercising often helps a lot as well, as it strengthens and conditions the body’s cardiovascular network, helps reduce emotional stress and promotes better sleep. Therefore, working out regularly is like an effective propeller that helps the body facilitates self-repair process more efficiently.
What does that Imply for Acne-prone Skin?
You may be wondering: yes, now I see that my body is pretty powerful because of its self-repair capability. But what does that do with my acne and acne-prone skin? The answer to that question is: once we understand our body’s amazing ability of self-healing and the negative influence by stress, the hidden message behind can be powerful – it is possible that our body can naturally heal the acne skin for us, if we respect our body’s existence, understand how it works and create an optimal environment it needs to facilitate the healing process. Think about this: stress causes acne breakouts by disrupting our nervous and hormonal systems. Additionally, as you have just learned above, stress will also greatly hinder the body’s self-repair process, which means it will slow down the process of healing acne skin. No wonder it is labeled as one of the greatest toxicities.
Once I get to know more about the body, which can heal itself and has been constantly doing it, I am looking at the relationship between me and my body from a different angle. In the past, I did not pay attention to or respect the existence of my body, which has been a diligent and loyal servant silently working for me. Worse still, I even performed activities, such as eating a lot of processed foods, staying up late all the time, not cleaning my makeup before going to bed and improperly handling stress, which would have a negative impact on my body’s self-healing functionality. Sadly, here is the irony: there was a loyal “servant” (or, my body) persistently working to improve my health. Instead of showing gratitude and respect, I had been doing things to not let my loyal “servant” serve me right!
So, my takeaway is this: in order to let our body better assist us, cure acne naturally and efficiently for us, and provide us with a strong foundation for long term success, we also need to become our body’s “servant” as well, by carefully listening to its needs and feeding it with all that it demands to optimize its self-healing process.
Are you ready to embark on this journey with me? As always, I am excited to share what I have learned and look forward to growing with you.
For health and peace,