Sunday, February 19, 2012

Take full responsibility for your health

I wonder how many people have been killed by prescription drugs this year like Whitney Houston. Of course , we as a society are constantly bombarded with advertising from Big Pharma convincing us that the answer to our problems are found in a pill. I'm sure they are quite content with us sitting on our fast food enlarged rear ends, not exercising, eating and drinking anything our little hearts may desire then when we get sick, popping one of their little "fix it" pills. Pills that will probably just make us more toxic, tax our immune system and in the long run, make us more sick. Pills that can be deadly.

We must take responsibility for our own health and well-being. In a society where money drives industry, we must understand that big corporations aren't always concerned with our well-being. They are concerned with profit. Just because something is legal to sell and consume doesn't mean it's the wisest decision for us. Did you know that over half of prescription drugs are derived from plants or other natural substances in nature? I find it odd that we can't even have access to some medicinal herbs because the government has made them illegal. What if I want to treat an illness with a natural herb instead of a man made version with horrid side effects? There are many I can't even get access too legally. Natural substances as found in nature are so much more tolerable and have much less side effects. Now I'm not saying it's wise to consume herbs just for recreation. I think they are here on earth for a reason. To treat various illness not to be ingested as a recreational lifestyle causing us to live our lives in a medicinally induced fog. It just makes sense that we have everything we need to prosper, put here on earth by our creator. Consider fruits and vegetables. They are brightly colored as if to signal us to be drawn to them. When we eat them, a whole symphony of chemical reactions go on in our bodies due to the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals contained. They are high nutrient, lower calorie foods that boost our immune system and prevent illness. I'm convinced that the best treatment and prevention of disease should start on our plate. Our current health is a direct reflection of what we have been consuming. Our future health will be a direct reflection of what we are consuming right now. If I can track your daily food habits, I can to some degree, predict your health future. Have you heard of epigenetics? Epigenetics shows us that certain switches in our genome can be switched on and off depending on our choices. Someone may have a predisposed weakness in their health but it doesn't mean they are necessarily going to get sick. They may have a genetic weakness predisposing them to cancer but it's their chosen lifestyle that ultimately determines their destiny. It's time we take responsibility for our health. Time we choose to start taking small steps to improve it. Just like how a brick wall is built one brick at a time, we must build up our health one small positive habit at a time. A 10 minute brisk walk daily is better than no walk. By doing this faithfully, we would create a new habit and eventually we would feel strange if we didn't get our walk in. We will be compelled to do it. Eventually even look forward to it. Eventually we could increase it to 15 , 20 or even 30 minutes. Small changes lifestyle can have huge effects on our life and overall happiness over time. I've heard it said, "people don't decide their future, they decide their habits and their habits decide their future". This all starts with us taking full responsibility for our health. We decide for example to create a new habit of reaching for a apple when hungry, instead of going through the fast food drive through. We decide our health, one small decision at a time. Our health determines our energy level and how much we have to give back to our families and society. It's in direct reflection to how much we enjoy our lives. It greatly effects not only us, but all those we come in contact with. Especially those closest to us. I'm convinced that health is true wealth. To not pursue it vivaciously does not appear to be a wise decision. If we can just tackle this one area of life with enthusiasm, focus and energy what would it do for our overall life? If we can just win in this one area, I'm convinced we will win in many other areas.

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