Category Archives: Homeostasis

How the Human Body Maintains Homeostasis

  Human homeostasis is a pretty fancy word that basically means ‘equilibrium.’ It’s the process that allows us to function in a variety of different climates. Not every creature can accomplish this amazing feat and while temperature is the most common and easily recognizable factors that highlight human homeostasis, there are certainly others to consider. The Influence of Climate and Vegetation on Human homeostasis Climate is one of the most important factors when it comes to homeostasis. Where you live in the world directly affects how your body maintains your core body temperature, your weight, and the kinds of foods that you consume. When you look around the world, you’ll notice that different cultures have significantly different diets. That’s because the food that they grow (that is indigenous to the region) is different than in other parts of the world. When your diet changes, your body makes adjustments as best it can. When you begin to consume different foods that contain different  vitamins and nutrients, your body must break down these in a different manner. In order to help you understand how to maintain homeostasis to ensure healthy living, let’s uncover more about how it all works, Basic Regulation of Human Homeostasis The most common and ...

Homeostasis

Homeostasis (from Greek: ὅμοιος, hómoios, "similar" and στάσις, stásis, "standing still";) is the property of a system that regulates its internal environment and tends to maintain a stable, constant condition of properties like temperature or pH. It can be either an open or closed system. It was defined by Claude Bernard and later by Walter Bradford Cannon in 1926, 1929 and 1932. Typically used to refer to a living organism, the concept came from that of milieu interieur that was created by Claude Bernard and published in 1865. Multiple dynamic equilibrium adjustment and regulation mechanisms make homeostasis possible.   Biological Further information: Human homeostasis With regards to any given life system parameter, an organism may be a conformer or a regulator. On one hand, regulators try to maintain the parameter at a constant level over possibly wide ambient environmental variations. On the other hand, conformers allow the environment to determine the parameter. For instance, endothermic animals (mammals and birds) maintain a constant body temperature, while ectothermic animals (almost all other organisms) exhibit wide body temperature variation. Behavioral adaptations allow ectothermic animals to exert some control over a given parameter. For instance, reptiles often rest on sun-heated rocks in the morning to raise their body temperature. Regulators are ...