Daily Thanks – 15 of 30

Day 15 and today I am THANKFUL for…spit! Well actually, saliva. It’s something we usually think of as pretty gross, but it plays an important role in our health and even survival.
Come to think of it, why is it that virtually all bodily fluids (spit, sweat, blood, pus, urine, etc) are regarded as vile once it exits the body, but is perfectly fine while inside? The exception is perhaps tears, but I digress…
Saliva is critical for us to be able to swallow our food, which is why I said we need it to survive. I guess you could just gulp down some water with every mouthful, so I may as well say here that the aspect of God’s providence in our bodies that is the bodily fluids is the same as that of water in the world.
I may be confusing people with these associations but basically each of the aspects of God’s providence (divine workings) in our bodies have a corresponding feature in nature, or the world.
But again, back to spit: Another role saliva plays is to protect the enamel of our teeth. Saliva is mostly water but also contains other ions, enzymes & minerals that prevent the decay of enamel.
Saliva is also a disinfectant, trapping much of the bacteria that forms in the mouth & carries it away.
It also has painkilling properties which are many times stronger than morphine.
A little known function is that saliva aides in tasting flavors by carrying chemicals to receptor cells which send messages to the brain.
Lastly, one feature we can truly appreciate is that saliva keeps the mouth moist & prevents bad breath!
Like anything else, we need the right balance. Too much or too little saliva can result in problems, but generally our bodies are naturally regulated to produce the right amount.
We are truly blessed by God with an awesome body, so hopeful you can now think of your spit in a better light.

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Taiheiyo Church

I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.

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