Health: Your invaluable wealth

While mass media offers innumerable benefits to society, the demands of business and marketing have debilitated its role to the extent of conveying shoddy information. While some organizations (from individual entrepreneurs to MNCs) remain socially responsible and reputable in carrying their goals out, others find it inevitable to sham just to catch the attention consumers in order to make huge profits. There are those who are wise in making decisions and firm in taking only the most important and appropriate actions but there are also those who prefer or are unaware of the fact that they have chosen to conform to trends, want new goods or services or want what others have. Yet, advertisers are able to be as convincing and persuasive as they can to influence people’s buying behavior.

I cannot excuse myself from one of the many who easily or helplessly fell on their trap. Because of this, I used to wonder how possible it is to achieve optimum health if every thing that our body needs is costly and the government cannot offer a health care system for the Filipino to enjoy. Having a chance to read lots of books about health and wellness, my dilemma of choosing the right diet and activities has become a conundrum. Nutritionists have different opposing views on arriving at the absolute nutritional law. What makes it a perplexed idea is the vast number dietary programs as well as detoxification options made available in some commercially oriented propaganda. This really makes me think that health is expensive. This doesn’t mean, however, that if we don’t have economic means, there’s nothing we can do to keep or improve our health.

It made me feel better when I read that turning to vegan or vegetarian diet is not the ultimate way to attain a healthy body. These types of diet contribute to saving thousands of animals, improving your blood chemistry and enhancing your body organs to function more effectively but, in reality, only a few are able to or are willing to practice these eating habits for a cause. People’s attention in alkaline diet, which was introduced in Japan has significantly increased, especially in the U.S and European countries. Unfortunately, only those who are extremely health conscious are willing to spend thousands of pesos to get the healthiest foods and water ionizers. So how can an average person maintain a healthy body? The author of the waterfy blog claims that a combination of a healthy diet, exercise, reducing stress, and drinking clean pure water to achieve a healthy body with stable alkaline pH level of 7.2 to 7.5. If we can’t get the right food and water, at least we try to stay away from people that create a stressful environment or situation, and do physical activities that we can enjoy. There must be many other alternatives that is right for you and you have to find them out. We just have to be resourceful and patient in looking for health solutions.

(November 2009)

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