Menopause Mondays: You, Regenerated. Happy New You!

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Wish you could look at your reflection in the mirror and see a new, younger you? You do it every day! What the human body is capable of reproducing, repairing, and regenerating each year is nothing short of miraculous. You are literally a revised version of what you were last year, and a completely different you than seven years ago. Sound strange? I think it’s inspiring! A new year brings a new you. A better you. If you are considering the idea of making a positive shift towards better health and happiness, then knowing what your body is automatically accomplishing should motivate you to push yourself even further. Here are some interesting facts about why you’re even more amazing this January than you were last:

  • Your skin has regenerated itself up to 52 times. Every 7-28 days, it has completely different skin cells than it had one to four weeks earlier.1 Cuts and scrapes take about 1-2 weeks to completely heal. That’s amazing. Infants and small children heal faster than adults, but adults still have the ability to regenerate new cells at practically lightning speed.
  • Your body has replaced an insane amount of other types of cells, too. While most of us are aware (or were at some point in our child-bearing years) that sperm cells live for about 3 days, did you know that colon cells are replaced every 4 days, and blood cells are replaced every month to a year, depending on if they’re red or white?2
  • Think about how fast your hair and nails grow. Hair grows at an average of 1/2 an inch every month,3 and fingernails grow about 1/3 an inch every 90 days.4 This means that your nails take about 3 months to become completely different than they were at the time of your last manicure.
  • When you observe how fast it takes for a broken bone to heal, a virus to pass through your body, your body to recover after delivering a baby, or the quick time it took for your body to turn one cell and one egg into a baby (a blast from the past for many of us), that’s enough to make you wonder if we are indeed divine.
  • Some organs of the body, such as the liver, are especially known for their fast regeneration. (This is why liver transplants work well – one small piece of another’s liver will grow into a full-sized adult liver in just 4-8 weeks.5 Amazing.) In traditional Chinese medicine, this organ is often thought to be the epicenter of human emotion,6 so it’s interesting to think about the connection between liver health and a good psyche. If your liver is not in great shape, whether it be because of excess drinking, an illness, or some other reason, your state of mind is usually not up to its awesome potential, either. Hmmm…

Ladies! The message is this: view this brand new year as an opportunity for purposeful change, and I’m not just talking about the “brilliant” ideas that are the result of a champagne-induced coma! Improve yourself. Inspire, motivate, and love yourself. If you’re suffering from any kind of health roadblock that could be improved by simply making conscientious lifestyle choices, then please do it! There’s only one you, and your inevitable evolution will be even more fabulous when you take control, and steer yourself into the land of not just positive thinking, but doing. Be even more amazing than you already are. If you believe you’re fabulous, you will be. Happy New You!

Remember my motto: Reaching out is IN! Suffering in silence is OUT!

How will YOU be even more amazing in 2013?

 

 

After struggling with her own severe menopause symptoms and doing years of research, Ellen resolved to share what she learned from experts and her own trial and error. Her goal was to replace the confusion, embarrassment, and symptoms millions of women go through–before, during, and after menopause–with the medically sound solutions she discovered. Her passion to become a “sister” and confidant to all women fueled Ellen’s first book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, Ellen’s weekly blog, Menopause MondaysTM, was born.

  • I am thinking teeth whitening, bust and necklift…I do want to regenerate but sometimes it just doesn’t happen fat enough.

  • Your post rejuvenated me! I remember reading Dr. Christiane Northrup saying we should embrace menopause. Well, I don’t know about embracing it, but I do know it’s been a time of rebirth, rethinking, reevaluating and redoing my life’s plan/work/dreams/passions/hopes. Your post certainly has added to my work in progress. Thanks and kudos to you.

    • Thank you for the kind words and an inspiring reply!

  • I was reading a book by Barbara Strauch, called The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain, in which she points out that we can encourage the growth of new brain cells in the area having to do with memory and cognitive ability. Two ways to do this are exercise and socializing.

    • That sounds interesting, I’ll have to read the book.

  • Very informative and lots to think about–thanks for this!

  • I love being aware of all the renewal that is going on even when I’m not paying attention. Thanks for this inspiring post!!

  • Great advice. I just subscribed to your blog because I love all the great information I get here.

    • Thank you for subscribing, Jennifer! I hope that you’ll like the updates.

  • Such good reminders! I try to remember to be pleased when my nails get too long so quickly, it means things are working!

    • It doesn’t look/feel so magical sometimes, but the magic goes on :>)

  • Our bodies are magical! But I would still like to help my neck skin tighten up some.

  • You are singing my song. Why so many of us settle for mediocrity baffles me when there is a whole, wide world out there and a life within that could be so worth living. And it often starts with healthy lifestyle choices.

    Yes, it is difficult or inconvenient sometimes to make the healthy choice, but the payoffs are tremendous. And there is no better day to start that today, right now!

  • You are all BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for kind words and amazing support!

  • Hear, hear…life is short! I enjoyed learning all of this, but I also enjoy making sure I enjoy and live each day to its fullest… one day at a time!!

  • I found this really interesting and encouraging. Thank you.

  • Thanks for all of your great thoughts – I feel even more regenerated!

  • Great post, Ellen! You’re right–so many of us focus on what we’ve “lost,” we forget that we’re pretty much living miracles.
    Karen

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