The secret of keeping our physical bodies’ advancing on the journey from birth to death is through adequate nutrition, leading to radiant health and immunity. This nutrition is absorbed through the metabolism into the bloodstream! What are vitamins, protein, calcium etc become another, but healthy and life giving component of the blood, nourishing through circulation every organ and vital part or our body.
In youth, the growth of “physical size” through advancement of age – being a characteristic of our species, but health and general well being – other than determined by the genes – are undoubtedly to due proper nutrition.
When adulthood is reached, the quantities and nature of previously essential nutrients slightly change. One eats less and one needs less fat, which in the growing body forms most tissues in various bodily parts and, as in adults already being established, this particular additive in the diet, is no longer required in the same quantities. During that stage in life, it is essential to keep the body and all its organs and functions “functioning”, once again through adequate nutrition. One should eat regular meals of good, nourishing quality and of varying types, to cover all essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients available.
Past middle age and progressive advancement in years this intake is often neglected. Life becomes more sedentary, thus hindering the blood circulation to do its job of distributing the health sustaining “sap”, causing organs through such deprivation to function less efficiently and generally deteriorating the condition of total health. The inadequate intake of oxygen through lessened exercise also contributes towards this condition.
Certainly, our organs and body functions become less efficient through years of “usage” and this condition also contributes towards the end. But the process can be postponed or delayed by observing the rules, which are, keeping the body healthy throughout life and especially, when this is most neglected – the more advanced years. Keep in mind, that there is something “growing” for every disease and disorder, for prevention and cure. Thus a vegetarian diet is healthier than a “lot of meat”. And such diet is supplemented (if preferred to meat) with eggs, cheese, beans etc to replace the protein which the meat supplies and also a supplement of iron tablets from time to time is desirable.
To the aging, where life has begun its “journey downhill”, it is also commendable to remember that one “does not die until one gives up living”. An active lifestyle is recommended and if partially sedentary of necessity, an occupation that uses the mind (like absorbing reading, challenging games, crosswords, even intricate needlework) all keeping the mind active, preventing or deferring the incidence of dementia or senility.
Don’t forget that in every health body should dwell a healthy mind! This presupposes that one must think only thoughts conducive to it. A recommended life as such cannot fail to have its rewards!
Good health and longevity!