"Most people work hard and spend their health trying to achieve wealth. Then they retire and spend their wealth trying to get back their health."
I imagine you have heard or seen this quote before; but now, that I am retired, I have been thinking about the absurdity and the truth in this statement. As we age, our bodies begin showing signs of disease like high blood pressure, heart disease, type II diabetes, arthritis, and cancer; just to name a few. If you have a health plan and follow exactly what the doctor prescribes; then you may fare well. However, what if you don't have a plan or you decide to treat your disease without the doctor's prescription drugs. You can spend a lot of your own hard earned money, seeking alternative ways to get well.
Does it have to be this way? Of course, the answer should be no; but more often than not it is yes.
So, what can we do. We could lobby for more money but alas governmental funding is already being pulled everywhich way. We need to do something now, to prevent the onset of disease and to even reverse it.
That something is to take responsibility for your own health. True enough certain diseases are hereditary; but more often than not a case can be made to prove it's not always so. What does seem to be hereditary is lifestyle or eating habits. I have a book entitled, We Are What We Eat that I bought when I was first diagnosed with cancer. However, since then, I have realized, that a better title would be We Become What We Eat. You could also say We Become What We Do or What We Think.
First and foremost, we all know the health benefits of exercise. It can help protect you from the above mentioned diseases, relieves back pain and the effects of osteoporosis, can improve your mood and general well-being.
Secondly, we are all aware of the importance of relieving stress in our lives. Being at rest or at peace with yourself and getting a good night's sleep allows your own body's natural defenses to do their job.
And last but not least, let's look at what we are eating. Once again, we all know that we should cut back on white flours and their products, eliminate our intake of sugar, increase foods with fibre and drink lots of water. We are even told to buy organic if you can afford it. This is all good advice.
But recently, I have been reading about the importance of eating food that is locally grown or even grown in your own garden, as opposed to food that has travelled miles and miles across our country. Think about this, the food we eat can actually change our DNA over time. So let's start taking care of our health now so that we can enjoy our lives later.