Homeostasis imbalance results when the body’s internal environment is unable to remain in equilibrium in the face of internal, external and environmental influences. Cellular malfunction, resulting from homeostasis imbalance, is believed to be an underlying factor responsible for most diseases.
Homeostasis imbalance occurs when cells in the body experience a deficiency, such as nutritional deficiencies resulting from an unhealthy diet, or when cells are exposed to toxins. Homeostasis imbalance can result from three main influences: internal influences, such as aging and genetics; external influences, such as nutrition, physical activity, mental health and drug and alcohol abuse; and exposure to environmental toxins.
Extended periods of imbalance in the body’s internal system can result in a number of diseases, such as diabetes, dehydration, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia and gout, as well as diseases resulting from bloodstream toxins. Stress is also a significant factor affecting physiological homeostasis. According to the World Health Organization, 90 percent of diseases can be directly attributed to stress levels, which can have a significant impact on health and can lead to cellular malfunction and an unstable internal environment. A healthy and stress-free lifestyle is critical in the prevention of homeostasis imbalance and includes proper nutrition, rest, exercise and preventative medicine.