One of the things I like to do is help people be healthy. I’m graduating in about a month with my PharmD as one way for me to express this part of myself. The other part of me does a small business built on educating others about nutrition. The question that bothers me the most is ‘why’. Why should I take your product? Why should I eat more veggies, more fruits, more berries? Why do I need an omega? Why should I … all the time.
My question is why not? Have you not seen what is in store for you if you don’t take care of yourself? Have you any idea how much more energy you will have? How much better you’ll feel? How much money and time you will save by not being ill?
May I educate you on the benefits of being healthy? Age is really just a number. Today I saw a woman in her sixties who looked like she was eighty, and she was dying. The other month I met a man who was 95, and I swear he’s not going to stop any time soon! Who do you want to be? 60 and dying? or 95 and living? It’s your choice.
Building a little muscle, eating a little better, resting a little more, sleeping 7-9 hours each night: these little things can make or break you. They have a word for people who aren’t likely to make it if they get sick. This word is frail. Frailty is a person who is just on the verge of being pushed off of a cliff and not having the strength to hold on. The healthy person has the strength to catch something and stop their fall. They may trip, they may skin their elbows and knees, even need stitches, surgery or a blood transfusion. If you’re healthy, though, when some thing pushes you over, then you will have a chance to get up again and move forward with your life. If frail, then you are done. You’re on the slippery slope to death, and death may come quickly or very, very slowly. Which do you prefer?
Might I suggest something? Take yourself seriously. Your body is an intricately created machine capable of amazing things. Given the right care, your body can heal and can heal quickly. Would you like to grow old and enjoy your retirement? Would you like to have the energy to run around with your grandkids? Would you like to go places, do things, play hard whenever you want? Would you like to remember your name? Your wife’s name? Your kids’ names? Health is how you do it.
Or, you could continue to not care like most of the masses. You could continue to eat your cookies and ice cream each night when you go to bed too late to get up too early. Sleep is when your body repairs itself, filling yourself with sugar before bed dampens your immune system and steals from your body’s ability to heal you. Yes, everything counts, but doing even a little something better today and each day onward can make such a huge difference. Have a handful of nuts instead and drink a cup of water.
Many people complain of simple things like dry eyes, painful joints, heart burn, dry skin and wrinkles. They put drops in their eyes, pills in their bodies, and ointments on their skin. They spend hundreds of dollars doing this when all they need to do is drink more water. Water provides an avenue for your body to clean out the junk, it lubricates your joints, forms your tears, and smooths your face. Plane old water costs almost nothing.
It’s difficult for me sometimes. I see people who are extremely sick. I’m working in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit right now. I see them and I know one thing. They did this to themselves. I know that’s harsh, but it’s true. Most of us already know that we should ‘eat our fruits and veggies’, ‘not smoke’ or drink too much. We’ve been told this our entire lives. We were told to exercise, to eat better, to sleep more, to reduce our stress, to take breaks… to take care of ourselves. I know each of the people there today knew that. That’s common knowledge. Then one day they don’t wake up. One day they get found down next to their truck, given CPR, shocked 3 or 4 times and then taken to the hospital. One day that was just like all of the rest. One day that shouldn’t have been any different. One day. (He still hasn’t awoken, by the way, he’s just laying there with a tube for breathing, iv’s in his arm, catheter for his urine, and he’s young. We don’t know if he will wake up, and if he does he needs to go for heart surgery.) His one day may never come.
What will be your one day? One day, I’ll take that trip. One day, I’ll eat better. One day, I’ll have enough time, money, friends, etc… One day. One day might not come the way you expect. Now is the time to take charge of your health. Not ‘one day’.
thanks for reading,