I spend a great deal of time on the CleanseBenefits Blog discussing issues related to health and obesity. There is a subject of much deeper concern, however, that ties these posts together. Everyone needs to examine the reasons why they are concerned about weight loss, weight control, nutrition and overall physical health. The underlying motivation for many beyond the narcissistic desire for a better appearance is the hope for a better, longer and healthier life. When considered from this perspective weight loss is only one component of achieving this end.
It is one thing for a person to live for 70 years as an invalid tied to a bed and medical devices designed to keep them alive for one more day. It is an entirely different situation when someone lives for 80, 90 or more years as a vital and productive member of society. Anyone who feels that they still have something to contribute while avoiding the potential to become a burden for others should have a desire to stay on this earth a while longer. Society is quick to judge the elderly, and brush them to the side much too early. It is understandable why some of our older citizens begin to devalue themselves as a result. This is sometimes referred to as apoptosis, where the brain tells the body that it has outlived its usefulness and the only thing left to do is die.
I do not speak from experience, but I would venture a guess that many of our elderly in the United States eventually lose their motivation for life when they assume they can no longer offer something of value to society. Despite the fact that I believe
Quality of Life
everyone that is alive can offer something of value to include experience, advice and love I don’t think that everyone shares this belief. I do believe that happiness plays a major role in a person’s health and their ability to remain productive in body, mind
and spirit. When a person ceases to feel they contribute value it is sometimes harder to convince them that their presence is necessary to friends, relatives and loved ones. It is difficult to remain happy with that mindset.
Therefore, we are brought to the topic of the day. How does a person continue to feel as if they have value even as their body moves into the winter years? How is it possible to live extended lives and remain healthy so we can continue to feel like a positive contributor to our communities? This is a topic ever present in my heart and mind as it relates to me as well as my 80 year old parents. What are the steps we can take to improve our health and quality of life to continue feeling like our lives
maintain meaning and purpose? The answer lies in understanding what causes us to age and our bodies to break down. If we can acquire this knowledge then we maybe able to alter the assumed inevitability of our lives as we move into our senior years.
There are essentially four categories of concern when it comes to understanding what it is that adversely affects our health, longevity and quality of life:
- · Toxicity
- · Obesity
- · Stress
- · Inflamation
If there were only a way to influence how these circumstances affect our body we may be able to limit their adverse affects. Over the course of the next several days and weeks I will be discussing potential solutions to these concerns.
Stay tuned for more!