How the Human Body Maintains Homeostasis


Human HomeostasisHuman 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 easily understand way that human homeostasis works has to do with temperature. When you walk from a warm environment, such as being inside during colder months, and out into the cold, if you aren’t wearing adequate clothing, then you start to shiver.

While you may have considered shivering to be an annoying side effect of stepping into that cold air, it’s actually the process of your body trying to warm itself. Bouncing up and down on your feet, blowing warm air onto your hands, and other processes are more conscious efforts on your part to help regulate your body temperature. But it’s that shivering that helps to get muscles moving, calling for more oxygen and blood through the system. It’s the blood that carried warmth to your extremities.

One the other hand, when you’re in a warm environment and being physically active, for example, you begin to sweat. The sweat is your body’s effort to cool itself. By running water over your skin, it’s helping to cool specific regions of the body. The warmer your body becomes, the higher your core temperature. The further from your ideal regulated body temperature you are, the more you’ll either sweat or shiver, depending on the conditions. If your body fails to regulate properly, you face potentially life-threatening situations.

How to Maintain Human Homeostasis

While you don’t need to do much in order to know how to maintain homeostasis, it’s a good idea to keep certain points in mind so that you allow your body to have the right tools in order to do the job it needs to naturally. Hormones helps to regulates the chemicals in the body. Based on caloric intake, you can inadvertently alter the chemical composition of your body, forcing it to make adjustments that it shouldn’t have to.

When this happens, it may be unable to regulate other aspects of your system properly. Consuming the proper number of calories for your body weight, height, and physical activity is important. Consuming too little can leave your body weak. Consuming too many and you can alter the chemical composition.

The number, type, and quantity of toxins in your body also affect human homeostasis. When you drink cola or other non-natural beverages, such as alcohol or ‘energy’ drinks, you are introducing toxins to your body that are not intended to be there. This tends to increase the excretory processes in your body, resulting in a failure of your body to regulate properly.

Alcohol and drugs are common factors in poor homeostasis. A person who consumes large quantities of alcohol, for example, is more susceptible to the cold as their blood cannot carry the proper amount of oxygen through the body.

When you eat right, exercise, and take care of your body, it will be in a better position to take care of you. We often take for granted the natural processes that our bodies go through, but when we get sick, feel run down and tired, or are dealing with stress, we notice something is wrong. Proper Human homeostasis requires us to be vigilant and when we are, we simply feel better every day