is an important part of environmental health. By having a
healthy diet we increase our body's ability to maintain homeostasis.
refers to the ability of an organism to adjust its internal
environment to compensate for changes in the external environment.
For example, when you are cold, your brain automatically
tells your body to shiver and your skin's pores to close (goose
bumps). Shivering helps generate heat and goose bumps help reduce
can only adjust an organism's internal environment to a limited
degree. Thus, when we are very cold, we put on a coat or
find shelter to compensate for the adjustments homeostasis cannot
part of maintaining homeostasis is the immune system. The
immune system helps us fight disease and the effects of toxicants
that enter the body. The best way to help our immune
system is by making sure we eat a diet containing a proper supply
of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and water.