Does your health seem like a roll of the dice? Like anything can happen? Will I get this disease or that illness? I have these genes so that must mean I’m unlucky.
What if I told you that we don’t live in a casino and that the house doesn’t always win. Your health is more in your hands than you might be led to believe. Most of the diseases that plague our country are considered lifestyle diseases – obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes (yes, the same diseases that are co-morbidities in the majority of Covid deaths).
Here are the things that we can control: What we put into our bodies. How we use our bodies. How we manage our stress. How much sleep we get every night. Did you know that healthy people express healthy genes? We all have different combinations of genes. The more unhealthy we are the more we express unhealthy genes. We all have healthy and unhealthy genes built into our DNA. So you are not predestined to any fate! The odds are in your favor.
My favorite quote from Stoicism is that we are our own worst enemy. I know at first glance this seems very negative but I think it’s actually good news. If we are our own worst enemy then we can also be our own savior. It’s our choices that determine our fate. Believing otherwise leads to despair. You can be healthy! Make the choice and take the first step!
Yours in good health,