The Benefits of Balance

We need everything in moderation. 

This isn’t just a saying used by doctors and nutritionists. It is a basic biological principle. Our bodies survive day-to-day by maintaining a dynamic balance of opposing forces and signals. Our “normal” is actually the successful balancing of a seesaw. A stable equilibrium.

The scientific term for this balancing act is homeostasis. This concept is not new. It was originally described by ancient Greek philosophers who thought that life consisted of elements in “dynamic opposition or alliance” to one another. Over two millennia later, we can still see the validity of homeostasis even at the molecular level when studying signaling pathways in the body.

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