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Preservation of Health

March 4, 2019

We are all familiar with the saying “Health is wealth”, but how many of us take the trouble of trying to understand the true import of this? Health is, indeed, the greatest blessing that a man can enjoy on earth. It stands on a higher level than wealth. What is wealth to one who is always ill? Disease and illness give him no comfort and peace of mind. He does not possess the capacity of enjoying wealth, and to him, it is no better than a curse. To possess wealth but to be unfit to enjoy it, is certainly a curse. Such a man would gladly give away his wealth and prefer to be a beggar if by that he could enjoy good health. The first essential condition of living for every man, whether rich or poor, is health. With this, all other things may follow, but without it, life becomes a burden and one finds no energy for anything.

Health, therefore, is at the root of prosperity and success. A man may be intelligent; he may be endowed with uncommon powers and may have exceptional genius. But all these are useless unless he has good health. People with high ambitions and aspirations will see all their hopes destroyed if they are not fortunate to have good health. For, how can a person exercise his powers towards the realization of the hopes if he is constantly in ill health? All people in this world are required, more or less, to work. If this is nature’s plan, it should be the duty of all to see that this law is not violated to render this possible. It is necessary that we should possess sound health, so that we may have the power to work. If one enjoys good health, it is certain that one will be generally cheerful and also enjoy a sound mind. A sound mind is no less important than a sound body. It is the combination of these two that makes a man happy and cheerful and confers upon him the energy required for work.

We have seen the several benefits that health gives to man. Let us now consider the evils which result from its want. The evils of bad health are many. In the first place, bad health makes man easily liable to all sorts of disease. The disease takes away from man all his vitality and energy and he becomes a physical wreck. He becomes incapable of work and so unable to earn his livelihood. Such a man, therefore, is always miserable and knows not what happiness is. A wealthy man not of good health is equally miserable. He may have good dishes for his food, but he has not the power to digest. He may lie on the most costly bed, but he gets no sleep. Of what use, then, is a wealth if the pleasures which wealth brings cannot be enjoyed? A rich Frenchman, who would not sleep at night because of ill health, complained bitterly that sleep could not be purchased in the market. Such is the stake of all men who do not possess sound health. As there is a close connection between the mind and the body, a diseased body is always attended with an unhealthy mind. A man who is in the clutches of a disease can never have a cheerful mind. He is ever melancholy and morose. Comfort and peace of mind are unknown to him. These are the harmful consequences which ill health brings with it.

As a rule, men are born healthy and if they carefully observe certain laws of health, they have every chance of keeping themselves in sound health. The laws are very simple to follow if only one has the mind to do so. Regularity, exercise, temperance, and the avoidance of over-exertion are the four principal rules for preserving our health. The human body is so made that it can only be kept in proper condition by labor or exercise. Physical labor, which is the same as exercise, is thus the best means of keeping the body in a sound condition. Those people, whose duties consist only in mental labor, should make it a point to take regular exercise.

The next important thing is regularity in eating, drinking and sleeping. A departure from this upsets the functions of the organs. Disease and disorder creep in. temperance or moderation in eating, drinking, and sleeping is another important point to be remembered. Once who eats or drinks more than one’s constitution can bear, or who sleeps excessively, is sure to fall a prey to disease. Further, different men have different constitutions and all cannot bear the same amount of strain. We should, therefore, put only that amount of strain upon our bodies as can be easily borne. We should also allow our bodies to have rest after work. All work and no rest wear out the constitution and causes health to break down. Besides these main laws of health, there are others which should also be carefully followed. Our bodies must be kept clean; the quality of our food should be good and we should never take our meals hurriedly. Neither should we sleep late nor rise late. The old but useful maxim

“Early to bed and early to rise,

Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”

Should always be in our mind.

Good health is so essential for the very existence of man, we should, on no account, be indifferent to this important thing. Our youth is the best time when to lay the foundation of good health and we must be careful not to allow this period to pass away without improving it. Once the basis of good health is laid, we shall acquire the habit of preserving it and shall be fortunate to enjoy peace of mind throughout life. Out of India, everyone is health conscious but in India, we need to improve our thinking about health and avoid such harmful conditions.

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