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Our Body's Cell Replacement Timeline

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In SparkPeople, we have some amazing friends in our various teams. In Keto Clarity, the leader James, is always sharing thought-provoking information. The latest is this:

"Once we start feeding our bodies what they really need, it still takes a while. There are some immediate effects in the first weeks, but long term it can take a while to get rid of excess body fat accumulated over many years.

The cells in our bodies are constantly dividing, regenerating, and dying, but each cell’s life cycle is different.

- The cells lining the stomach, because they’re exposed to acid, replace themselves about every five days.
- skin cells, about a week.
- Red blood cells, four months
- liver cells, five months
- bone cells, 10 years
- intestinal tract (other than the lining of the stomach) last for about fifteen years,
- muscles between the ribs, 15 years
- heart cells, 1% replacement per year

An adult’s bodily cells are likely to be, on average, between eleven and fifteen years old. So the road back to better health, rebuilding a better body is a long one, but that is no reason to ever stop." (My note: that is the reason to NEVER stop! Especially if I'm not going to get a new heart until I'm 100 years old.)

But isn't it great to know that over time, we are not just losing weight but building new, stronger, healthier bodies from the cell level. That's incentive for me to stay with the plan!
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