Your Internal Organs Care for You. How do you Care For Them? Let’s Talk About It.
Mar 30, 2016 by Dr. Jess Goodman | lifestyle
A number of years ago I was studying Tai Chi under the guidance of a Taoist monk. He had patiently been teaching me for twenty years and at the end of his life asked me to show people health benefits associated with stretching between the heart and kidneys. Fulfilling this request has been a journey that has completely changed my understanding of health and the power we each have to feel better and live longer.
Affecting The Function Of Your Internal Organs
As a medical doctor, I was aware of the critical functions of the body's internal organs but had no understanding that every individual is able to directly affect and support internal organ function, leading to better overall health.
Your life and everyone's life is supported by the unseen effects of our internal organs. Located in the 'great cavities' of the chest, abdomen and pelvis, the internal organs keep us healthy and strong. The heart, lungs, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, intestines, ovaries, uterus and testicles are some of the well known organs, each with specific functions.
Most people give little thought to maintaining health of their internal organs. We eat when we are hungry, drink when we are thirsty and sleep when we are tired. With just a bit more effort we can understand how to improve internal health, feel better and live longer.
Proper Circulation And Your Health
Internal health and internal organ function is related to circulation of fluids through each organ. Internal circulation of the organs is critical for organs to perform their work and maintain their integrity. The heart pumps blood to each organ but flow of fluids within each organ depends on a sponge-like mechanism. The internal organs are soft and squishy. Alternating compression/relaxation forces propel fluids through spaces within each internal organ. The liver, spleen, stomach, pancreas and kidneys lie below the diaphragm muscle and with each breath the diaphragm descends and compresses these organs. With exhalation the diaphragm relaxes and the organs expand. Movements of the ribs, abdominal muscles and the spinal column also promotes internal organ circulation and overall health.
The Level Of Stiffness Of The Aorta
About twenty years ago, medical scientists noticed that the level of stiffness of the aorta, the body's largest blood vessel running from the heart through the chest and abdomen, was related to a person's risk of death from all causes. This has been confirmed many times. The aorta is located immediately in front of the spinal column. As the spinal column gradually stiffens with age and inactivity, the aorta stiffens as well. Aortic stiffness is a measure of stiffness along the spinal axis. Aortic stiffness is an indicator of movement within the 'great cavities', internal organ circulation and internal health. Additional research over the past two decades has shown that exercise, attention to diet and stress management lower aortic stiffness.
Movement within the 'great cavities' can be described as Core Mobility. Many exercises improve Core Mobility, especially those exercises involving the whole body, allowing the body to stretch along the spinal axis. Yoga and Tai Chi have for many centuries taught that health depends on the body's core regions and spine remaining supple and able to move without restrictions. Modern medical science, by investigating aortic stiffness, has provided evidence that Yoga and Tai Chi (as well as walking and a host of other forms of exercise) are powerful ways to maintain health.
Improving Your Internal Health
Exercise, diet and stress management are widely recognized to have health benefits. However people have been unable to see a direct connection with Internal Health, to know what exercises and foods are the most effective. People have not had a way to measure internal health and see internal health improving with positive lifestyle choices.
Measurement of aortic stiffness has until recently been very expensive and difficult to measure. It has taken equipment costing over $20,000 and a skilled operator to measure aortic stiffness. The iHeart Internal Age System has made it simple and easy to measure aortic stiffness. iHeart costs less than $200, uses a simple fingertip optical sensor and take only 30 seconds to send results to an iPhone or iPad.
iHeart examines the shape of the fingertip arterial pulse signal in order to find a wave that travels down the aorta, reflects back towards the heart and then travels on to the finger. The Aortic Reflected Wave is present in every human being's pulse signal, but has never before been used to help people measure and monitor aortic stiffness. iHeart characterizes the Aortic Reflected Wave in the fingertip pulse signal to calculate the speed with which pulse waves traveled along the aorta. This speed is called aortic pulse wave velocity (AoPWV). AoPWV is used by medical scientists to describe aortic stiffness.
iHeart allows people, for the first time, to simply, easily and objectively use measurement of aortic stiffness to show themselves health benefits as a result of attention to exercise, diet and stress management. iHeart teaches people how to care for their internal organs in order to feel better and live longer.