Brain, Meet Your Body
Back in the 1600s, an idea known as Cartesian Dualism gained popular currency. In essence, the theory treats the body as little more than a life-support system for the brain—processing food for energy, getting rid of waste and handling other mundane housekeeping needed to allow the brain to do its incredible work.
In fact, however, the body is an amazingly complex machine that actually has more ability to process stimuli than the brain does. Consider that the sensory organs of the body receive 11 million bits of information a second, while the brain can process only about 60 bits.
Above all, know this: the body will do everything in its power to keep itself alive. Input from the body’s neural system and the reptilian brain determine what tasks the body will prioritize and how it will function—not any conscious input from us. Our brain might think it can trick the body into doing its bidding, but not only can the mind not control the body, the body will counteract every harebrained idea the human mind devises.
Still, your body is more than willing to work with you. All it demands is an understanding of its rules and some respect. If you give it enough sleep, nutrition and exercise, it will repair almost any problem you have.