News — May 15, 2012 at 1:17 am

The Science behind “What Doesn’t Kill You Make You Stronger”

April Casquejo


“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, is not just another clichéd advice or an overrated esteem booster; the same has its scientific basis and really, you might want to know.

Human beings have the survival instinct that is present as much in every living organism, because of this; we do ways that may be indirectly geared towards this. We earn a living, we plan for the future, we invest for the days to come—this is because, in spite of the reality of death, we are living each day with the full conviction that whatever happens, we are decided to keep ourselves alive. This same hope spring from the faith that we have the capacity to maintain this life, and more importantly, we are alive because we indeed have capacity to keep ourselves in this same lively state in spite of every threat that is posed upon us—whether it be from the inside, or out.

In reality, everything is toxic. The inevitable changes in the environment is a great threat, out psychological state may always be in an impending danger, and so is everything about the human body—our make-up may be as sturdy and frail at the same time. Changing temperatures, dropping high and low, is fatal. Mental pressure and stress is lethal, and even the supplements we take so as to boost our systems or aid it altogether may be toxic, and toxicologists agree to the same. Vitamins A, B, C, and name the rest, can be much of a poison if taken in without regulation. So why are we still alive? This is because our bodies have the capacity to sustain these changes, luckily.

Homeostatis, The Process of

Biology tells us that each living organism has their own respective mechanism to adapt to its environment. This survival mechanism is as important, owing to the fact that without it, death is the obvious recourse. Luckily, human beings have the Homeostasis, the process which is highly responsible for maintaining everything that needs it.

Homeostasis is the ability of a body to maintain a condition of stability within one’s internal systems when dealing with external changes, in other words, Homeostasis is the process which the body undergoes in to adapt to one’s external environment. Biology also dictates that each and every living organism has this, up to the living tiny cells.

This same process is responsible also for activating the other processes in the human body, causing the same individual systems to act and be responsive to the changing conditions imposed upon it.

The good thing too about Homeostasis is that it adjusts the bodily systems to the point that it becomes immune to the same conditions—thus, even making it stronger than it was before the external stress or pressure was present as yet.

Intrinsic Mechanics of Adaptation

The process of Homeostasis affects the important organs in the body, which in turn, affects the regulation of one’s systems. These essential organs include the Kidney, Liver and of course, the Brain.

Adapting to the body’s needs

Owing to the process of Homeostasis, the liver capacitates the body to metabolize harmful substances. To begin with, not everything that we consume on a daily basis is void of the harmful chemicals that are present in the same. Vegetables are sprayed with the toxic fertilizers, the meat that we eat may be present with the harmful bacteria, and so are our packed and canned juices are mixed with preservatives. Because of this, the body is always as prone to the destructions that could harm the same if without the mechanics to break down these harmful substances. Good thing, there’s the liver to deal with it.

Aside from breaking down the harmful substance, the liver is also responsible for maintaining one’s carbohydrate metabolism, which in turn, gives of the energy balance that is required for the body to function properly, if not to function at all.

Kidneys, on the other hand, are responsible for the re-absorption of the metabolized nutrients and body, and so with regulating one’s water levels.

These functions though, increase to more aggressive functioning if required too—that’s when the Homeostasis take place. For instance, if one takes in more toxic substances, the liver has to work double time to maintain the balance, breaking down the toxics altogether. With increasing intake of the same inevitable harmful substances, the liver’s capacity to break down the same may optimize better as well, and this might well explain how adults are more resilient when it comes to food intake, as compared to kids of younger ages.

Adapting to the changing temperature

Aside from the internal changes that occur in one’s body, there are the external pressures too, which includes the change in temperature. Sudden rise or drop in the temperature may be a fatal threat to the bodily systems, but thanks to Homeostasis, the same may be dealt with, successfully. Save of course, for some extreme cases where the immersion in the changing temperatures is as abrupt.

The liver and the muscles mainly control the production of heat in the body, and the same may develop more resilience as when exposed to the changing conditions more frequently. This is because the body is not static, and immersion in the changing temperatures can be dealt with, given the thermoregulation, which is also an aspect of Homeostasis.

Imagine Life without Homeostasis, if Any of the Former without the Latter

Without Homeostasis, life may not be sustained at all. Disabling the body to adapt to the changing conditions of its environment may cause the same to break down or incur a failure in any of its systems.

Some Real-Life Repercussion

Then so if you feel burdened about whatever extremes you are facing today, be it a physiological adversity or a psychological challenge, remember that your body is engineered to adapt to the same, and so you have no reasons to just wish to die, because you can’t. Keep your survival instincts no matter what, and how, and see your body work miracles for you; because it can.


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