Two Things You Must Do To Live Long and Healthy
Two Things You Must Do To Live Long and Healthy
I had open heart surgery when I was 41 years old to repair a faulty valve. I suspect that I could credit the health awareness I have today to events like that in my life. But regardless of the reason why, I just think it’s important for each of us to respect the miracle of life enough to want to preserve all that is positive about it.
My mom had cancer when she was young, and my dad died of cancer. My aunt recently died of cancer too. And a few years ago I was diagnosed with a precancerous condition - related to what my dad had. I could suppose that cancer is hereditary and that through what has been genetically passed down to me that I am predisposed to follow the same path as those who came before me. But deep down I don’t accept that my fate is so predetermined. After all, we wouldn’t need doctors or medical research if we were so hopeless. And so every day I do what I can to live as if hope exists.
I believe God created us and all that is in nature around us to work in harmony in such a way that, if provided the right inputs from within ourselves and from our environment, our bodies would be healing machines. I've distilled all this down to two things that make this healing machine possible. First, there is an element of faith (belief) and, second, there is an element of best behaviors (taking good care of ourselves) that, when combined, become a very powerful force for living a long, healthy life.
On the matter of faith we have thousands of years and stockpiles of testimony that suggests there may be something here we can’t ignore. I’m not a scientist so I’m sure some smarty pants can pick apart what I believe with some recent test tube results. But the reality researches cannot escape is what has been proven by the placebo effect. Science has shown for decades that the body can completely heal itself without medical prescription. Illnesses have completely and miraculously disappeared simply because the person believed what they were doing would heal them. One the largest volumes of evidence that proves faith can heal is the Spontaneous Remission Project, a database compiled by the Institute of Noetic Sciences. It contains over 3500 case studies from medical research literature around the world of the incurable being cured without treatment. The message in all this is to have faith; believe the unbelievable. It’s obviously not the only course of action, but it is powerful stuff.
The other factor is to honor ourselves by taking good care of what we’ve been given – life. Among those honorable things we should do is physical activity. Physical activity is one of the single largest attributors to longevity. (Web MD) Avoiding stress, spending time outdoors, being social, and eating right are other elements that contribute greatly to healthy living. (BBC Science) So, get off your lazy butt and get moving! It will give you more energy and better health.
Here’s a side note: I was on an antioxidant binge for years, having heard that it was the key to avoiding cancer. Guess what? Science is a process of discovery. The truth is that antioxidants have not been substantially proven to reduce the risk of developing cancer nor do they help in the treatment of existing cancer. In fact, some studies have shown the opposite to be true. The idea that antioxidants reduce cancer because they help neutralize free radical cells just hasn’t been unequivocally proven to have an impact on prevention or cure. However, there are plenty of other benefits for including antioxidants in a well-balanced diet of natural food sources, so keep eating your five servings of fruits and vegetables every day – not canned or processed, the real thing. (National Cancer Center and Harvard School of Public Health)
It’s been over 10 years since my heart surgery. I’m happy to report that I am stronger and healthier than I’ve ever been. Technically, my diet is pescatarian. I do not eat meat. Instead, I eat fish and almost exclusively wild caught ocean fish. I eat at least several raw meals each week consisting of unprocessed fruits, vegetables, and nuts. And I absolutely love being outside hiking the great Colorado country. I put 137 miles on the trails last year and this year I hope to log 200 miles. Contact me if you want to join me on any of my adventures.
Sounds like a success story to me! So grateful you are still here! I would love to do this kind of hiking in Colorado with you, but know I would never be able to keep up with you or even make these climbs. lol
God bless you & Bobbi
Thanks for sharing your adventures,
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