Your body speaks to you all the time. Do you listen to what it is saying?
Most people don’t. Life is much easier ignoring those little pains, that bad week of sleep, the occasional stomachache, these reoccurring colds. Most of the time the problem just goes away on its own, you reason. What’s different this time?
And the truth is, a lot of people seem to get by just fine ignoring their symptoms and health problems. But that doesn’t change the important fact: Your body has told you something is wrong, and you chose to ignore it. Perhaps your stomach pain was merely a reaction to a bad piece of fruit, or maybe it meant that your stomach is beginning to have serious troubles. You just don’t know.
Is this how you treat an automobile that suddenly made odd noises, or if a wet spot started to reveal itself on a ceiling in your home? We hope not.
One of the truisms of life is that a problem ignored is a problem that will soon grow worse. This holds true in relationships, the workplace, the government, your home, and with your own body. Perhaps it’s time to turn your ear inward.
It’s easy to categorize health into two parts. The first part Is healthy everyday living and covers issues like food, exercise, sleep, stress control, and energy. The second part of health is what you could call “capital-letter” diseases: health issues like Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, and hundreds of other diagnosable chronic conditions. These are the age robbers, the killers, the conditions that researchers focus on, all of us fear, and each of us wants to avoid.
Starting around age 45, most adults start experiencing more nagging symptoms than when they were younger. The main reason is simple – after four decades of life, natural wear-and-tear is beginning to catch up with you. Suddenly your joints hurt more, your digestion isn’t so reliable, your hearing and eye sight are not as sharp, and your alertness is in decline come mid-afternoon.
More often than not, these health issues are small. But our message is big: By taking strong action to remedy small health issues now, you are taking strong action to lengthen your life and stay vibrant when you are older.
Why? Because symptoms are exactly that: the way an emerging problem reveals itself to you. The pain isn’t the real problem, for example: it’s the cause of the pain that often matters more. Or take a cold. You may be focused on stopping your running nose, but that’s not the important task – it’s stopping the underlying virus from spreading. One doesn’t have much to do with the other.
My big message is that Long Life living is more than just eating well, exercising, and maintaining a great attitude. It also includes listening to our body, and responding quickly and thoughtfully to what it is telling you.
In my next few blogs I will be given you quick-healing advice that you will need to get the healthy long life that you want!
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