July 26, 2015

How Does our Health Affect Loved Ones?



Our well-being is not only important to us. It is crucial to the people who rely on us, such as family members, friends, and co-workers. If we want to be as capable of frolicking with our loved ones as the lady pictured above—at any age-- we will need to work at it. Regularly.


We’re all busy these days. Many of us juggle one or more careers, a family, and other obligations. On the other hand, we do a disservice to our loved ones if we neglect proper nutrition and medical/dental care. Think about it: If we let our own health run down in any way, how will that benefit the individuals who count on us? It won’t.

Truthfully, I am amazed when I see the abundance of organizations that offer free food and other services to children.  Some organizations also solicit donations for underprivileged minors throughout the world. My first thought is “Well, what about the adults who need to be healthy enough to take care of these kids on a permanent basis? Why don’t we empower them in some way as well?”

I have been thinking about this subject quite often lately because of my own situation. There are many people who rely on me in some way. I wouldn’t be able to help them, or myself, if I hadn’t finally gotten serious about improving my health.

For example, I found out about nine years ago that I was gluten intolerant. If I had continued eating the foods that were damaging my brain and body, I would probably be hospitalized, or dead, right now. Then, where would my family be?

As it is, I have gone through nine years of misery in order to correct the injury eating gluten caused to my intestinal tract. The last four years, in particular, have tested my patience and finances.

Would I trade what I’m going through for the world? No! It is absolutely necessary--no if’s, and’s, or but’s. The long-term, yet temporary, trauma will ensure the rest of my years on Earth will be fulfilling. I am preparing myself for a quality of living that will guarantee my continuing ability to help myself and others.

Case Studies of People who SHOULD Care More About Their Health

Sandra—This lady is obese. In addition, she has various skin and intestinal disorders. She was diagnosed with diabetes about four years ago because of her poor dietary habits.

Bob—He passed away about two years ago. He had intestinal cancer, which he didn’t get checked until it was too late.

Cindy—She also passed away two years ago. She had breast cancer. Cindy had refused to get mammograms for years because she was too busy.

Jack—He is an older man nearing the end of his life. Unfortunately, he is bedridden and in constant pain because of the poor lifestyle and nutritional choices he has made throughout his life.

Examples of Individuals who DO Care About Their Health

Alexis—This woman is in her lower 80’s. Yet, she still works almost full time. She also does her own cooking, cleaning, and house repairs.


Shirley Claire—is an 87-year-old contestant on the hit reality series, America’s Got Talent. This former showgirl did not let her age stop her from flirting with every young man in sight, waiting in line for hours to audition, and singing. Shirley’s voice is still well-trained, too!

My Conclusion


Our lifestyles don’t only affect us; they involve everyone with whom we interact. In addition, the decisions we make today are likely to shape us, for better, or for worse, during our entire lives. That’s why it’s important to devote time, energy, and research to the following:
  • Nutrition
  • Health Care
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Stress Management


Are you making beneficial lifestyle choices?