Not so long ago, President Trump declared that prescription opioids should be considered a public health emergency, partly due to the disturbing trend in overdosing fatalities. The New York Times recently ran an article pointing out that more people in America are on antidepressants than anywhere else in the world, and that their effectiveness has been shown to be overstated because of data manipulation.
Put these two noteworthy items together and you paint a decidedly dystopian vision of the future, of a very close-to-home and personal nature. So why not focus on building a strong foundation today, while it’s sunny, rather than shelling out for triage and recovery when your health hits the fan?
Old News is Good News
You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating. If you’re going for longevity, and you’d like to preserve your autonomy, be vigilant as regards diet and exercise. We were not designed to be sedentary for most of our waking hours, nor to internally process the glut of processed “food” items that pack our grocery markets. God is forgiving, and forgiveness is built into our very bodies. Nevertheless, there is only so much we can accumulate before our biological systems start to fail, expensively and uncomfortably.
We eat very well in this country. Yet, Americans are widely considered to be the biggest eaters on the planet, double entendre intended. It may be understood in this, that the human body looks for nutrients during a feeding session. If the nutrients are hard to come by, as in many of our grocery items, the internal signal to stop eating is delayed until sufficient nourishing is accomplished. For more on this concept, read Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman, M.D..
It’s no wonder, then, that people can get so large. The delivery agent, namely low-nutrient edibles (I have a hard time calling it “food”), gets stored for later processing because we keep shoveling it in faster than we can cycle it through and out. The delivered nutrition may or may not be bio-available anyway, depending on how heavily-coated our intestines are, from years of junk food build-up. You’re beginning to see the compounding of the problem, surely.
Highly Motivated to Change
Taking preventative measures now will increase your chances of having to focus primarily on maintenance down the road. As has oft been observed, we do not pay the price for good health, rather, we reap the benefits. But here’s where the real snag shows up. People tend to pay for what they desire, instead of what they require. This is generally true, until some motivational event stimulates repentance. Think heart attack, gall stones, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, eczema, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etcetera. You experience any of this type of discomfort and you’ll be inspired to make a change, no doubt. And you’ll pay heavily for it.
So, what’s to be done? Thankfully, there are very simple things which everyone can do, but it’s not always easy. It is no fun giving up that personal pint of gelato, or both sleeves of double chocolate chip cookies with pecans, or that secret family sized bag of sour cream and onion potato chips. You’ve earned them, right? They’re yours. You deserve them. And, sure as shivers, we shall reap what we sow. It can be no other way, so we must wake up and wise up.
Making It Happen
The easiest thing to be done right off the bat, for most people, is to get up and take a walk in the fresh air. Physical activity has been shown to improve oxygenation to the blood, important for disease resistance; it has also been shown to stimulate the body to release hormones required for clear thinking, mood improvement and creativity.
For anyone who feels they’re in a downward cycle of poor eating habits, adding one fresh raw fruit or vegetable daily can help you regain willpower and make better choices within the first week. If you’re really stuck, meaning the thought of a fresh apple makes your stomach turn, then high quality all natural vitamin supplements could be the thing to get started on. Good supplements can have a huge impact simply by supplying the body with much needed and long overdue nutrients. This will cost a bit more than bags of citrus or a few pounds of carrots. But we must ask ourselves, how much is life worth living? Would we rather pay dues now, or penalties later?