Cellular Communication – and no, we’re not talking about your phone – is the simplest form of communication in your body. With clear cellular communication, your body will function at its best. With poor cellular communication, you’ll start to see signs, signals and symptoms of disease. That’s why understanding this amazingly designed form of communication is important for paving the way to better health.
Cellular signaling is, at its most basic level, one cell communicating with another cell. The cell is the smallest living unit in your body that make up your tissues, organs, and organ systems that make you – You! That means that the cell’s ability to communicate with the other 70 trillion plus cells is imperative to optimal function. Without this communication, we are essentially a pile of molecules no different than a piece of furniture. Just a bunch of carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen, hanging out – not interacting, not responding, not living. As with so many things, communication is key.
One of the quickest ways to tear down a civilization is to break down its lexicon, disable its words and its language. When you break down a civilization’s language, you break down its ability to communicate. With no communication, individuals cannot live and work together; the society cannot function at its best.
And the same holds true inside your body. You have an incredible communication system in place to keep the civilization that is your body communicating and functioning at its best. In fact, over the last several decades, scientists have been exploring the intricate way that the cells of the body communicate – combining the previously separated systems into the intertwined neuro-endocrine-immune system. (representing the Nervous System, Endocrine System and Immune System).
Within this communication system, there are three different types of cells: Nerve Cells, Endocrine Cells, and Immune Cells. Each of these cells communicates in a similar way, but sends a very different message. Nerve cells create messenger chemicals called neurotransmitters. Endocrine cells create hormones. Immune cells create cytokines. Each of these chemical messengers send messages to other cells in the body. And each of those messages is extremely important because they will signal other cells in the body to function in a certain way to optimize your body’s health.
The ability to create the chemical messenger is the first important step in cellular communication. But it means nothing if those messengers cannot be received by the intended recipient cell. Every cell in your body has one to several hundred different types of receptors on the outside of its cell membrane. These receptors are unique to the specific chemical message that they are meant to receive. This is the key to how our cells communicate within our body.
When cellular communication is clear and messages are being sent and received without interference, the cells, tissues, and organs in the body are functioning at their very best. And that means that you are in your best state of health and healing. But if there is something interfering with the communication between the cells (and there are lots of different ways that interference can occur that we’ll cover in an upcoming post) the communication between cells is not as clear, signals are missed, function decreases and dis-ease creeps in.
That’s why our goal should always be to identify areas of miscommunication in the body – because removing the interference that is blocking the body’s ability to function optimally is the very best way to not only find the root cause of health challenges, but to clear the path for better healing and stop recreating the problem.