“We All Die Someday”: The Lack of Accountability with Our Health

“Generational Wealth”, a phrase that we see so often thrown around on socials by change driven Millennials. We are infatuated and constantly reflecting on what those before us did or may not have had the opportunity to do. Embracing the opportunity and knowledge that we now have, it seems that a lot of us are on board with reshaping the future for our kids and even bringing awareness to our elders in hopes of “breaking generational curses” {you’ve seen this one before!] We all love to see it! Imagine a generation raised with conscious and aware parents that are building opportunity for their children to be financially free but what else does wealth entail? It is very important but is it really just monetary? All of the currency in the world can’t save your soul, your mental and your body. Your health needs to be your wealth.

“Your Health Is Your Wealth”. I’m not going to delve all into mental health today because that’s a long talk for another day. Today I want to talk about the “everything causes cancer”, “we all die someday”, “it runs in my family” mentality.

“It runs in my family”. Genetics, ethnicity and culture play a huge role in what we are susceptible to of course. Blacks are more susceptible to particular illnesses than whites, such as sickle cell or preventable illnesses such as kidney failure. Americans may be more susceptible to some diseases than say the people of Asia. When we look at this from a regional, cultural standpoint we can see that diseases and our likeliness of getting them in a lifetime depend a lot on environment, how and where we are living, what we’re eating and doing. When we say genetics we are looking at the fact that some genetic variations increase your chances of getting cancer , more prone to certain allergies or again organ failures. Our bodies are all different and have adapted and evolved in many different ways over time. However, are genetics or environment an end all be all? Some genes lead to disease “But for most people, a healthy lifestyle trumps inherited risk,” says cardiologist Donald Lloyd-Jones.

Inflammation is thought to be the root of preventable disease in the body. Inflamed cells and the offset of mucus containing bacteria, blocking passageways and preventing blood flow give disease a perfect environment to thrive. Whether you have heart disease, digestive disorders, diabetes or Alzheimer’s, it all begins with inflammation at a cellular level. Studies also suggest that an inflammatory micro-environment is essential for ALL cancers to grow. Well that’s good news because inflammation is preventable and treatable, there are a ton of methods to keeping our internals clean, keeping mucus to a minimum.

“When you don’t eat healthy, don’t get enough exercise, or have too much stress, the body responds by triggering inflammation,” says Varinthrej Pitis, MD, an internal medicine physician at Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley. “Chronic inflammation can have damaging consequences over the long term. So the food you eat, the quality of sleep you get and how much you exercise, they all really matter when it comes to reducing inflammation.”

I’m simply going to list some rabbit hole things to look into treating/preventing inflammation in the body for now because I feel that that again is a whole long post in the making.

  • Eat more anti-inflammatory foods, look into an anti-inflammatory diet. They laugh at Dr. Sebi’s mucus eliminating practices but it’s literally the same, if not a more developed and strict plan for preventing inflammation than what doctors suggest themselves. If you’re not much of a researcher, start with Pinterest recipes, quick and to the point.
  • Control your blood sugar by cutting back on inflammatory and processed, refined foods. Shop around the rim of the store is my favorite method, most things in the middle are full of preservatives and chemicals, more fresh, less fake.
  • Exercise, move your body in ways that you otherwise would not. Take up yoga, run, lift. Just move more, moving your body offsets detox and keeps everything running smoothly for reasons other than to just look good.
  • Manage your stress and sleep. The way that our bodies work is amazing, your mental health can literally affect you in physical ways and weaken your physical response to disease. Stress is directing linked to inflammation and immune response. Meditate, eat clean, set boundaries, take care of your mental!

We all die someday, you can die abruptly in a car crash and yes it seems as though “everything causes cancer” these days but there are options out there for reversing and preventing these things once you decide not to settle in YOUR HEALTH. Black people i’m now speaking directly to you when I say we have a history of unhealthy lifestyle beginning with the ships and plantations, taking what we can get and making something of it just to live. We don’t have to do that anymore, the knowledge, the help and support is everywhere, take accountability and control over what IS YOUR WEALTH or allow you and your family to continue to fall victim to another “generational curse”.

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