Think about it for a moment... When you get sick, it is not your doctor or the health care company, not your father or mother, not your wife or husband, who is responsible for your health. Nobody but you are responsible for your own health. You alone have the power to choose wellness for yourself. You alone have the power to choose between staying healthy and getting hospitalized for heart disease, diabetes or other illness.
Most of the time, staying healthy boils down to making simple choices, particularly on our daily diet. Will you have tuna or pork for lunch? White rice or brown rice? White bread or wheat bread? White sugar or coco sugar? Coffee or green tea? Diet soda or fresh fruit juice? Cake or fresh pineapple? Cooked vegetables or raw veggies? Fast foods or home-cooked foods? Will I continue to smoke or quit now? Drugs or nutritional supplements?
If we are responsible for our own health, our mom has an even bigger responsibility—for herself and for the whole family, simply because every mother is a “kitchen manager”. In her hand lies the health of the entire family. The choices she makes when buying foodstuff in the groceries and her decision on how to prepare them spell the difference between a healthy and not-so-healthy family.
To stay healthy and put more years into our lives, observe the ABC of Wellness:
Avoid—unhealthy foods, tobacco and too much alcohol.
Be active. Exercise regularly. Be stress-free.
Choose a healthy diet. Choose nutrition and wellness.
1. Exercise regularly. The benefits of regular exercise greatly support the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet.
2. Find healthy outlets for stress. If you live in a rat race, your stress hormones are always high. Cholesterol level increases. Blood glucose shoots up. Inflammatory chemicals are released. This condition promotes low-grade systemic inflammation, and eventually pain.
Given the vast amount of information available in the Internet, we now have the power to learn more about prescription drugs like acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) as well as chemicals stated in the labels of liniments, shampoo, lotion, etc. which are said to have adverse effects to our health.