Image: healthy lungs and smoker's (black) lungs
I am studying Nutritional Medicine and a huge component of this is understanding how the human body works - anatomy, physiology, symptomatology, pathology and diagnosis. Last weekend we had to attend Wet Labs and wow, I am even more amazed by the human body. Nothing we learn from textbooks and lectures compares to actually being able to see and hold the body by taking a closer look inside. By closer I mean in a lab where the bodies have been preserved and cut up appropriately for further study for us to handle. These bodies are donated to science and treated with absolute respect.
Probably the single most astonishing thing that I took away from this experience is the amount of damage we inflict on ourselves unnecessarily. The damage to our joints when we hold too much weight, the damage to our liver by drinking too much and the most horrifying was to see a "black lung" in the flesh (amongst the hundreds of other things that happen to our bodies through simply getting old etc). It was not funny. To see a smoker's lung sitting next to a healthy non-smoker's lung was a real eye opener. We all know smoking is bad for us, we've all seen the images on the cigarette packets but to have a "black lung" literally centimetres from your face *shudder*, it takes on a whole new meaning of seriously wrong to me.
So for the past week I detoxed. I gave my body a real good rest from all the stresses currently in my life. I feel rejuvenated and ready to rock 'n' roll again, but by being more mindful about how I choose to live my life - how I treat my body and what I put in my gob.
'Not taking care of your body is like not paying rent;
you end up with no place to live.' Gayle Olinekova