Our cells are constantly dying and regenerating, all the time, 24/7. This process does not end until the day we die. So, we have some cells that are years old, and some that are just seconds old. So, how do we grow a healthy body? Ideally, one new healthy cell is created for each one destroyed. 70 billion cells are destroyed daily out of 70 trillion. One out of every thousand cells in our body "leaves the stage" each day.
Since we have the power to constantly grow new cells, we ideally want to grow healthy, undamaged cells. Our cells are made up of the foods that we eat. So, if we eat junk food, we grow junk cells. Let's say, for example, you have damaged skin cells. Skin cells turn over (die and are recreated) about every 27 days. That means, about every month, we have the potential to create a new set of healthy skin cells. Why, then, don't we?
Assuming we lived in perfect conditions, with nothing that can harm our cells (like pollution, chemicals in the air, (and food &water, for that matter), and ate a 100% organic diet that had the healing vitamins and minerals specific to the cells we need to regrow, then yes, we should change our damaged skin cells into healthy skin cells over the course of the month. But you know as well as I do, that we don't live in a perfect world. We live in a damaged, toxic world, and even if we do our best, we aren't always able to regrow and maintain the healthiest of cells every day.
So, if you eat "clean" and reduce your toxic load 50% of the time, then, instead of having a completely healthy set of new skin cells in an ideal 1 month timeframe, it may take about 2. (this is where I tell my clients: "Patience, Grasshopper!") The same goes for any organ system you are trying to heal. What we eat and what we are exposed to plays a major role in how quickly we CAN change our physiology through food.
Let's take a look at how long it takes to create a whole new body:
- Skin cells turn over constantly - every 27 days
- Blood cells turn over every 90-120 days
- Muscle cells turn over every 1-3 years
- Bone cells turn over every 2-4 years
- Nervous System cells turn over every 7 years.
As you can see, different systems and organs take longer to heal. If you have a severe muscle or tendon injury, it may take at least a year to heal completely, and up to 3 years, based on how you choose to feed the cells (are you feeding the body so it can make clean healthy muscle cells? or damaged junk cells via junk foods?) Have a bone injury? Expect a 2-4 year recovery timeframe based on how you eat (and what you eat also means what bone (or ogran specific) healing supplementation you take).
To me, this is an inspiring message. It means that every day, every moment, every food choice is an opportunity to grow new healthy cells. It also means that if you've been following a clean diet for a few months, but aren't seeing or feeling results yet, it's because your body is still made up of 90% what you ate over a year ago! Stick with the process for a year, and your body systems will begin re-growing healthy cells that, one year from today, will serve you better! Start cleaning up one thing at a time, and before you know it, you'll turning damaged cells into healthy cells, 24/7!