At a time when diseases and conditions of various magnitudes plague most in our modern world, there has never been a better time to take one’s health seriously.
We want to live, to dream, to work, to bear children, to travel and enjoy life, but so often we forget that all of that is conditional upon our health.
Your quality of life, no matter what you are doing is directly linked to your state and quality of health.
How many beautiful cars do you think you are going to enjoy driving if you live with chronic pain?
How many vacations do you think you will enjoy going on if you have been diagnosed with a terminal disease?
These types of serious questions do not get reflected upon or asked by many of us as we try to plough through life. They are often considered when it is too late.
So what is one to do?
Aren’t negative health conditions inevitable? Doesn’t everybody suffer from something? Isn’t old age equivalent to a disintegrating body and health?
Well, the answer to all those questions is – NO!
Prevention Is The Key
Thanks to one of the most amazing discoveries of all time – the Internet, we are blessed today to have information at our fingertips. No longer do we have to depend on nurses and doctors to hold all the information and our health in the palm of their hands.
Today, we have something else too, called “accountability”, better than any generation ever before.
There really are no excuses any longer for eating the wrong foods, drinking the wrong beverages or even using the wrong products. The abundance of information today is massive and while some may question its credibility, there are a lot of great sources if one truly seeks them.
Today, we don’t have to wait to be told by our doctor that we have a disease or what pills we need to ease our condition or what side-effects to expect. Today, we can be accountable to and for ourselves, by using the great abundance of information that is out there to prevent unfavorable conditions in the first place.
Your Body’s Output Matches Its Input
As the famous Greek philosopher Hippocrates stated “Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food.” It is that mindset that we so desperately need to infuse back into our cultures and societies of the Western World.
We have become a society driven by convenience at any cost. We have sacrificed fresh, wholesome and natural food for processed and chemically enhanced food.
Is it any wonder then that our bodies and health is falling apart and obesity rates are at their all time highest? I think not. The answer is right in front of us and so obvious if we only look.
Your body is made of the 3 basic macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats and proteins and supported by the 2 micronutrients: vitamins and minerals, and the special compound water.
For thousands of years now, your body has been taking in these nutrients from nature in their most unaltered and pure state. Today the tables have turned and these nutrients come to us processed and accompanied by many chemical additives.
Is it any wonder then that the two most common diseases that are on the rise today are cancers and heart disease? Again, the answer seems obvious.
Every single one of your cells, that makes you up depends on the above nutrients to keep you alive and healthy. Hence, to really understand how crucial it is to put only the “right” things in your body and none of the “wrong” things, imagine that maintaining your health is like building a house.
If you were to invest lots of money into building a new home, you would go out and buy the best materials, no? You would get a reputable company to pour your foundation so that your house would not collapse. You would buy new, strong pieces of wood and brick to hold the walls together. You would find the best roofing company to put an excellent product as your roof. Most importantly, you would take your time so that everything was done right.
It would be silly, I am sure we can all agree to get your building materials from a scrap yard or from some second hand facility. You want a sturdy structure after all and one that will last you for years.
Then why is it that when it comes to our bodies – our “biological homes” we do not do the same. We do not buy the best and most beneficial material. We do not take our time to nurturing our “home” or building a solid foundation. In fact most of us can be considered quite “sloppy builders.” With these kinds of approaches, we cannot then expect to have homes or bodies that last us a long time and are problem free.
Your Food Is Indeed Your Health
It is therefore so critical to understand for anyone who wants health and wellness and a great working body right into old age that your first step to achieving that is through what you eat.
It is about really taking the time to educate oneself and learn what your body truly wants and needs and what it wants nothing of. It is about getting to know what will help your body work better and become stronger and what will decrease its function and open you up to a whole array of ailments.
The food we eat is the material that you are consistently building your body out of; hence it has to be fresh, natural, wholesome and unaltered in any way. It has to come from top quality sources.
Sounds unrealistic in today’s society? Not at all. Yes, there is a lot of food out there that is not conducive to one’s health, but there are still a lot of good things left. We just have to make it a priority to build quality health, through quality ingredients.
Hence, take the time to get to know your body and the foods that will enhance it and your health, while getting to know what will hurt it. Get to know credible sites for trusted health information – remember a lot of it is out there today. Get to know healthier food stores and products.
Yes, this is all going to take some time and effort on your part, but remember no one built a quality home over night, so the benefits to you will be well worth it.
Ultimately we have to understand that eating healthy is not a fad, some kind of diet or punishment of self-deprivation. It is a life style choice for those who want to truly enjoy life in the best health possible.
It is indeed about being consistent in one’s healthy eating and understanding that there is nothing better than investing your time and money into the most important thing in your life – your health!
Evita is the author of Evolving Wellness and Evolving Beings. She is a health and science educator, a writer and a researcher in the areas of holistic wellness that focus on wholesome, balanced and organic nutrition and natural living in all areas of one’s life to achieve optimal health.
Learn more at http://www.evolvingwellness.com
Evita Ochel, B.Sc., B.Ed., CHN - is a certified holistic nutritionist, biologist, educator, writer, researcher and speaker in the areas of health, science and holistic wellness. She is a nutritional science expert and her teaching and writing focus on natural, wholesome, plant-based and organic nutrition to achieve optimal health and longevity.
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