Today’s healthy habit is a continuation from last week’s article on the anatomy and physiology of the body.  I mentioned the systems of the body but today we are going to learn a little more about each system of the body. We all have eleven different systems of the body.  They are all equally important to help the body function properly but for some reason, some systems we are familiar with and yet other systems most people are not familiar with.

One system that most people are familiar with is the cardiovascular system.  It consists of the blood, heart and blood vessels.  Most are familiar with the function of the cardiovascular system in that the heart pumps blood through blood vessels.  But you need to know that the blood carries oxygen and nutrients to cells and then takes away the waste. But the blood only carries oxygen and nutrients to cells, other systems put the oxygen and nutrients into the blood.  The blood also helps regulate your PH balance as well as your body temperature.

The respiratory system consists of the lungs including the bronchial tubes and air passages, the throat and voice box. Its main function is to take the oxygen which you breathe in and get it into the blood. Then take the carbon dioxide produced in the blood and get it out of the body while you breathe out or exhale.

Now the muscular system which consists of skeletal muscle tissue and tendons helps to stabilize the body and produces body movement.  You are covered with muscle tissue from head to toe.  Basically this is what holds everything in place as well as gives you movement.

It only makes sense then to talk about the skeletal system which is your bones and cartilages of the body.  This system gives the body the ridigedness to stand and have posture.  The skeletal system also is like a protective coating around your functioning organs in your body cavity. But the bones or skeletal system also produce fats, store minerals and produce blood cells, especially white blood cells.

Since we are talking about white blood cells, let’s talk about the lymphatic system.  This system consists of lymphatic fluid, which we have more lymphatic fluid in our body then we have blood.  In order to transport the lymphatic fluid you need the lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes.  As well part of the lymphatic system is the tonsil, thymus, spleen and some of the lymphatic system is located in the large and small intestines.   The lymphatic system is your immune system, so naturally its function is to fight off illness.  As well it returns proteins and fats throughout the body.

At this time I want to point out that if you have a problem with your immune system, the root cause could be your intestinal tract or it could be your bones.  You see you can’t just go by symptoms, eg.  I have a cold again, therefore my immune system must not be working properly.  Maybe your immune system isn’t working properly because your intestinal tract isn’t working properly.  Since part of your immune system is in your intestinal area, it is important to go to the root cause of a health challenge.  Or maybe your immune system isn’t working properly because your bones aren’t functioning as they should.

Well I have run out of space.  Stay tuned for next week’s article on the integumentary, nervous, endocrine, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems will be addressed.

Diane Elms D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, Homeopath, Specializing in Drugless Cancer Care, 2006 Iridologist of the Year, if you have any health related questions contact or 905 768 0848.