The reason for writing this blog is to partner with you on your health journey and leave you with some food for thought.
I trust it will add value to your life and give some wisdom in health matters.
Be health wise
As a child, I grew up in a very loving family, and we were looked after really well. However, my mother became ill in her early thirties after having our fourth sibling.
I do not know the ins and outs of her health gradually deteriorating, but as a family we knew she had diabetes, switching between high and low blood pressure, TB, poor eyesight, mental health challenges and so forth. The quality of her life was never the same. It just went downhill from there. However, as a loving mom, she brought up the children as any good mom would do despite her health issues. She lived until 66.
I always loved my mom and I still do.
Hay fever allergies and flu were annual unwelcome guests. Mouth ulcers and headaches were my painful closest friends. I suffered from joint pains in my fingers. Pain in my feet and heels – plantar fasciitis. With a family background of diabetes, I became a pre-diabetic that led me to develop cholesterol and blood pressure issues, stress, anxiety and depression. This continued well into my 40s and 50s.
I was a hypochondriac and felt miserable about my life in general.
It dawned on me, that when I was born, I was a bouncy, healthy baby and up to a point grew up drinking mother’s milk gradually moving to eat freshly home-cooked foods.
As a teenager, my lifestyle changed, and I was regularly eating out with my friends in fast food restaurants. There were street food hawkers, all types of restaurants and low to high priced five-star Mumbai hotels.
I was attracted and absorbed into this lifestyle. My health was being affected as I explained earlier.
Health comes first
I wanted my body to be healed, so I began this journey.
I say this with joy and humility. I am knocking at the door of sixty and have been off all medications for the last two years. It is not advice, hint or a suggestion for you to stop taking your medication prescribed or non-prescribed. At this present stage I have no need to take medication. Old age is inevitable, and our bodies can become frail. However, we can still enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
I am now living a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally and spiritually.
Scientists are working on the genomes aiming to develop perfect healthy babies. Development of new organs and body parts from stem cells to replace the damaged organs and body parts is a scientific breakthrough. They are predicting that humans can live well into their hundreds. I marvel at the advancement of scientific development.
However, before you have access to futuristic scientific developments, you can have the choice and opportunity to improve your health in the present.
You alone are responsible for your health and wellbeing.
My sensible tips for maintaining good health
Regular exercise (physical, mental and spiritual).
I walk a lot and take the stairs even if there is an option to use elevators or escalators.
Mentally, I manage stressful situations intelligently without affecting my mental health.
Spiritually, I create time and space to reflect in quietness and meditation.
A good night sleep
I go to bed early and wake up early. My body only needs 4 to 6 hours of sleep and I feel refreshed. Whenever possible I take power naps.
Excellent quality of sleep is crucial to staying healthy.
Eliminate unnecessary stress and anxiety
I believe that stress and anxiety are significant contributors to poor health. Do not worry about things that are out of your control, you will never change them. Talk to family and friends who genuinely care about your wellbeing.
Read my blog on Stress Solutions.
Seek professional help if necessary.