The one thing everyone seeks in life is to live longer. We would do most anything to achieve this goal. The supplement industry can vouch for that! Still, there are things in our lives that we refuse to give up, that do not support striving for longevity. We become emotionally and physically tied to counter-productive and destructive habits. As a result, we see our lives begin to deteriorate as we get older. Over time, diseases such as acid reflux (GERD), hypertension, high cholesterol and arthritis creep into our lives. These diseases tend to be viewed as a natural part of getting older, as part of the aging process. It is not, and should not be accepted as such.
Pharmaceutical companies have created medications that allow us some relief, but none are a cure. Heart disease is still the number one killer in the US, and cancer continues to follow as second. It seems our fate is in the hands of these killers, and as we live out our lives, it’s just a matter of time before we are hit with one. Here are some numbers from the CDC website.
- Heart disease: 655,381
- Cancer: 599,274
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 167,127
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 159,486
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 147,810
- Alzheimer’s disease: 122,019
- Diabetes: 84,946
- Influenza and pneumonia: 59,120
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 51,386
- Intentional self-harm (suicide): 48,344
You can get the final data from 2018 here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr68/nvsr68_09_tables-508.pdf
The number of unnecessary deaths that are related to what we put in our bodies is staggering. If I were to ingest arcenic, it would be called suicide; however, smoking is an acceptable behavior. Both will kill you. This is a bit confusing!
There are three drugs that are actually legal in the US and around the world, and their use is socially acceptable. They are considered the most abused drugs by society: alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. As users, we would not necessarily consider ourselves dependent. We use these drugs as a way to relax from the stress of everyday life. But when you try to avoid them, or cut them out of your diet/life completely, it is surprisingly difficult.
The point is we can control our longevity, at least in part, by what we put in our bodies. The majority of this is the food we eat. This is what keeps us alive. We all know junk food is not good for our health, but we still eat it. The healthier we eat, the greater our chance of living longer. Some people have genetic health problems. Still, eating healthy can only help reduce the suffering from these issues. The best advice is to focus on the most natural and whole foods as the main source of sustenance.