Importance of Good Health: You’re Most Valuable Asset

Photo by rawpixel on UnsplashYour health is your most valuable asset. Contrary to popular, it is not stocks, bonds, or commodities. Our bodies are a highly evolved piece of functional art which has an innate ability to protect us at all costs. It is absolutely amazing how our bodies are able to compensate for our ill intended poor eating habits. We fail to realize that our bodies communicate to us through aches, pains, and fatigue. We frequently misinterpret the symptoms as normal bodily functions. Consequently, it has been normalized to think that headaches and pains are a normal occurrence that isn’t linked to what we consume.

Lifestyle Changes with Big Health Benefits

What we consume isn’t linked to just what we eat and drink. Disharmony and imbalance occur when our bodies call for us to make lifestyle changes, but its requests go unanswered. Imbalance can manifest in many forms; including dis-ease, anxiety, obesity, and poor health. Our lifestyles are influenced by our culture and upbringing.  Be it a positive or negative experience. We must re-evaluate our core health beliefs, and learn to actually treat our bodies as a temple. This transition requires to undergo and embrace change.

Change in of itself is many things, but most importantly it is not easy. Whether we choose to embrace or resist it, it is the one constant in life.  Transitioning to a healthier lifestyle requires you to disassociate from your core health beliefs. This can be devastating. No matter what anybody thinks, this shit is hard, but it can be done. Outwardly people can pre-judge you based on the state of your health, and presume that transitioning to a healthier lifestyle is a no-brainer. But the decision and determination to change starts in the mental space before it manifests into the physical.

Diet Plans to Lose Weight Fast

In our society, there are thousands of diets that are marketed to appeal to our desire to change. Advertisements are targeted to ease the transition. Avoiding drastic food changes is appealing as it allows to maintain your current lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong dieting does work, but on a temporary scale. Depriving yourself of nutrition lacking foods for a pre-defined period of time will result in improved health and weight loss. But if you soon revert back to old habits, the increased weight, and ill-health will return. 

 Take Home

Education is key to making lifestyle changes that persist beyond the temporary phase of dieting. Educating yourself regarding the state of our food supply is crucial. We have the privilege to shop in a grocery store, where there’s a plethora of various types of produce and pre-packaged foods. But all food products are not food. By definition, food is “material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy.” A majority of the pre-packaged food and drink that we consume do not qualify as food. These products are in fact, food-like substances that mimic food, as they are crafted to look, smell, and taste like food but it does not provide any nutritional value.

Federal regulations and agencies do not prohibit the use of chemical substances that have been known to cause ill-health effects. We as consumers blindly trust that the foods we eat are will do us no harm. The first step to transitioning to a healthier lifestyle is acknowledging that each individual holds the key to their health and longevity. Every piece of food we eat either nourishes or destroys our health. We must treat our bodies with the utmost respect. After all, it is our most valuable asset.

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