In celebration of the festive season we’re created our own version of The 12 Days of Christmas. When you read this, have that famous tune playing in your head (“fiiiive gold rings”) and learn a little more about your body.
12 – Weeks to create sustainable change. Most of the cells in your body are regenerated every 12 weeks and you can effectively rewire old patterns in your brain in that time too.
11 – Organ Systems of the Body. You are an ecosystem of around 75 trillion cells, organised into tissues then organs and then systems. Although each of your 11 organ systems has a unique function, each organ system also depends directly or indirectly on all the others. They are all coordinated and integrated by the nervous system.
10 – Vagus Nerve or Cranial Nerve. Ten is the link between your gut brain, heart brain and head brain. If this nerve shows good tone, it is a strong indicator of great health.
9 – Months to grow a new human being in a mother’s womb. Starting from just 2 cells and getting to 75 trillion! Your first 1000 days of life set the tone for the rest.
8 – Bones in the wrist: scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, and hamate.
7 – Years to replace every cell in your body. You are literally a new person to whom you were 7 years before!
6 – Breaths per minute give coherence between your head brain and your heart brain. Breathe in for 5 seconds and out for 5 seconds to achieve this rhythm.
5 – Regions of the spinal column. Cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, coccyx giving you 32 spinal segments. By age 21 your sacral segments and your coccygeal segments are fused, leaving you 24 moveable segments between your head and your pelvis.
4 – Primary motions of the spine. Flexion (forward), extension (backwards), side bending (left/right), rotation (turning on the central axis of the body).
3 – kg is the average weight of a human head in ideal alignment. For every 3 centimetres your head goes forward on your shoulders it doubles the effective weight of your head on your spine. Imagine the pressure that is put on your spine and nervous system!
2 – Thirds (2/3) of a circle is how far a spine in good condition can bend. How far can yours bend?
1 – Spine is all you have. It is the lifeline of your body and is responsible for sending and receiving messages from your brain to your body AND from your body to your brain.