The human body is a well-oiled machine capable of innumerable astonishing functions. One of the awesome abilities our body has is the ability to heal itself. We have inside us an innate capacity to replace, replenish and rejuvenate our own organs. No doubt you have heard the classic “urban myth” that every 7 years our body replaces itself. Although there is some truth to that claim, the exact time is more or less relative to each organ. To answer the question how long does it take for the body to regenerate we have to take it one organ at a time.
Our blood is mainly made of the fluid called plasma, which is basically water with clotting factors. The rest of the blood consists of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The average lifespan of red blood cells is around 115 days, while white blood cells’ life span depends on the type, ranging from 24 hours to years. Platelets, on the other hand, last around 8 to 9 days.  Due to the tremendous number of cells needed for our blood to work, the bone marrow replenishes these at a continuous pace.
The outer layer of our skin is designed so as to be shed off and replaced. This keeps our skin in a state of constant repair, maintaining its ability to serve as a barrier to the outside world. Our skin keeps up with the job of protecting us by replenishing itself once every 2 to 4 weeks. 
Our liver is one of the hardest working organs in our body. It detoxifies our blood, produces clotting factors, aids in our digestion, metabolizes medications, and helps in the regulation of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. Given the workload our liver faces on a daily basis, we need it to be replenished quite quickly. On average our liver cells have a turnover time of about 300 to 500 days. 
4. Stomach And Intestines
Our digestive system is exposed to the harsh substances our body can produce. This includes hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes. For our system to cope with such strong substances it has to regenerate at a fast pace. The turnover time for these cells is around 2-5 days.
Our bones may seem completely static and unchanged when we reach adulthood – since we hardly notice any growth from the outside. However, inside our body it’s a whole different story. Our bones are made up of cells that constantly replenish the structure needed to make our skeletal system sturdy. On average the lifespan of these cells is about 6 to 9 months. Unfortunately, as we grow older, the turnover time begins to take longer. This results in the slowly increasing brittling of the bones seen in the elderly. 
An average person takes a breath around 30,000 times a day. Given that astounding number, you can just imagine the wear and tear our lungs face on a daily basis. Lucky for us our lungs regenerate every 2 to 3 weeks. 
Putting a specific timestamp on the rate the brain regenerates itself is no easy task. In general, we are born with all the brain cells we will ever have and as we grow older we lose some of those cells.  This should give you some added incentive to avoid neurotoxicity whenever possible, as the damage may be harder to repair. There are however a few exceptions. Our hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and emotions, has been found to have the ability to regenerate when damaged.  There is also some study indicating the potential some parts of the brain have for neurorestoration – however research into this highly complex field is still ongoing. 
Hopefully this quick report has given you some fascinating insight into the miracle of the body and the marvels that each and every one of us is carrying within us.
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If you regularly get some fish in your diet, you may have a lower relative risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a new study says. According to the study, the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis can be reduced by consuming fish at least twice a week. The researchers published their findings in the June 2017 issue of Arthritis Care & Research. 
The study’s authors wanted to determine whether eating fish would offer the same kind of beneficial effect provided by omega-3 fatty acid supplements. (Omega 3’s are a type of fat with anti-inflammatory properties which are often extracted from fish). The authors recruited 176 participants with rheumatoid arthritis who were asked about their diet over the past year. Their investigation focused on responses to questions about the participants frequency of eating tuna, salmon, sardines, and other fish that were cooked or raw. This food frequency questionnaire was derived from a study investigating risk factors for heart disease in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Excluded from the data gathering were fried fish, shellfish, and fish in mixed dishes. These meals have lower omega-3 fatty acids. The researchers categorized four frequencies of consumption including never or less than a month, once a month to less than once a week, once a week, and two or more times a week.
The study found out that almost 20 percent and close to 18 percent of participants had fish less than once a month or never and more than twice a week, respectively. Those who consumed more fish were found to experience less pain and swelling than those who ate fish less than once a month.
According to study author, Dr. Sara Tedeschi of Brigham and Womens Hospital, their study is not something new, but it draws attention to the link between diet and arthritic disease. For Dr. Houman Danesh, director of integrative pain management at Mount Sinai Hospital, the small trial raises the equal importance of what one eats and the medications one takes. 
Danesh stressed the need to address a patients diet before administering medication. He shared that he often advises his patients to eat more fish for a few months to see if it will help. However, due to the cost of fish, those unable to purchase several times a week could try omega-3 supplements as a second option.
So which fish are the best for arthritis?  There are a few species that are high in omega-3s, but the best sources are salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. Fish that have high mercury content (typically large fish such as swordfish) should be avoided to prevent brain and nervous system damage.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 1.5 million Americans have the disease which affects women far more than men.  Research shows that having the chronic systemic inflammatory disease also increases the risk of heart diseases. 
Tedeschi and colleagues reiterated that they still don’t have definite conclusions between fish consumption and rheumatoid arthritis activity. They want their findings to be replicated in other populations and over longer periods of time. This will enable them and other researchers to forward the value of eating more fish to people with rheumatoid arthritis.
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Exercise is a mainstay for anyone who wants to be healthy. Unfortunately, like many things in life, everything must be done in moderation since you really can have too much of a good thing. According to a study published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, excessive exercising may contribute to gut damage and can even predispose a person to infections entering through the digestive system.
Note that this is not because of physical shaking of the bowels. In the study, researchers determined that exercising for over 2 hours at 60 percent VO2 maxis the threshold in which gastrointestinal damage is likely to occur regardless of fitness status. VO2 Max stands for the volume of oxygen consumption brought about by the intensity of the exercise. 
Exercising at this level may bring forth a problem dubbed by the researchers as “exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome“. This condition is typically characterized by the inflammation of the protective lining of the gut, which weakens its ability to prevent toxins from seeping into the bloodstream. This is now considered able to cause intestinal injury, endotoxemia, slow intestinal movement and nutrient malabsorption. It was also pointed out in the study that besides strenuous exercise, high ambient temperatures during workouts seem to exacerbate the gut disturbances.
Although the exact mechanism for how this syndrome occurs is not yet clear, researchers theorized that the decrease of blood flow towards the gut during exercise may trigger the occurrence of the symptoms.
Dr. Ricardo Costa, the lead author of the study, recommends several tips you can do to avoid this condition.
1. Exercise in moderation.
2. Stay well hydrated during workouts.
3. Avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs before working out since they are gastrointestinal irritants.
4. Take frequent rest periods between workouts.