3 Body care aspects that are essential for your health

A picture of an anatomy body of a man and woman.

Taking care of your body

Your body is, of course, amazingly adapted to care for itself in many respects.

With no conscious thought on your part, it digests food and converts it into energy; it often heals itself of some minor wound or ailment without any doctoring on your part.

It will take a surprising amount of mistreatment without complaining.

Nonetheless, we reap what we sow is unavoidably true in our care of the body.

The ‘harvest’ can be good or bad, depending on us.

And a person does not have to wait until he or she is aged to begin reaping—it starts much, much sooner, sometimes very early in life.

It is not just a matter of trying to avoid “getting sick.” 

You should want to get “peak performance” from your body, to enjoy that feeling of well-being that contributes to happiness, to good work, clear thinking, and that helps to make one an agreeable person to be around.

What, then, are some of the things that merit regular attention?

1.  A balanced  diet

Picture of balance diet foods.

The food you eat does much more than just provide energy.

It provides the building materials your body needs to maintain itself.

Carbohydrates, such as are found in sugar, bread and potatoes, give you energy.

But what if your diet is almost entirely of such things?

What if you were to try to get by on soft drinks and candy?

Your body would begin to suffer from lack of the materials needed to make daily repairs.

You regularly need proteins, such as are found in milk, cheese, meat and fish.

Without them your muscles soon become soft and flabby and growth is retarded.

You need minerals, for without them your teeth will soon deteriorate, your bones will weaken. Leafy vegetables are rich in minerals.

You need vitamins, because these are chemical regulators of the body and they protect the body against certain diseases.

Fruits and cereals are major sources of vitamins. And you need plenty of water, for it forms the basis for your blood and all your tissue fluids.

Not just when you are sixty or seventy, but right in your teens you can reap the results of good or bad diet.

Research has shown, for example, that when students were given improved diet their learning capacity also improved.

Poor diet generally results in poor work, makes people more accident-prone.

It quickly robs the body of a healthy appearance and natural beauty.

2.  Cleanness and good hygiene

A picture of a woman having a bath at a well.

Just as we get far more enjoyment out of living in a clean house, so too, we get more enjoyment out of life if we keep our bodies clean.

Regular bathing is refreshing and healthful.

Your body comes in constant contact with microscopic germs, in the air and in the things you handle. Some of these can bring disease.

Soap acts as a germicide to kill these, while water serves to wash them away.

Your hands especially need frequent attention, for they handle your food and with them you may touch other persons or handle things they use.

You not only feel better when you keep yourself clean; you also make life more pleasant for those who see you or come near you.

If you see a house that is dirty and unkempt, what opinion do you form of the people living in it?

So, too, people tend to judge you by your appearance.

Dirt on your face, in your ears, on your neck, in your hair, on your hands or under your fingernails can hinder you in gaining others’ friendship and esteem.

You will have more self-respect as well if you keep yourself clean.

The body perspires, even when one does not do a lot of exercising or work.

If perspiration accumulates, it can cause your body to have an unpleasant odor.

Regular bathing, washing under the arms and similar places, helps to make you a more enjoyable person to be around.

Cleanness, along with good diet, also contributes toward a better, clearer complexion.

The teeth are a particular area needing attention.

Food particles may lodge between them or on them.

The acids these particles give off attack the enamel of your teeth.

After sufficient attacks, sometimes within a matter of months, the hard enamel is penetrated and tooth decay sets in.

Or you may develop gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that can, in time, cause the teeth to loosen.

You may lose some of them. Decayed or missing teeth contribute nothing to your smile.

3.  Proper rest

A woman taking a nap at a park.

During each day millions of the body’s cells break down and need to be replaced. 

Your body builds up certain wastes that collect in the muscles, especially as the result of work and exercise. 

These wastes are what give you a tired feeling. 

Your body must have sufficient rest if it is to rid itself of the accumulated wastes and also be able to produce new cells to keep your body in good shape and repair. 

Your central nervous system and your brain, too, need rest. These simply cannot relax unless you sleep.

Being young, you may feel you can get along with little sleep. But youthful vigor and energy can be deceptive. 

Actually, a person’s growing body needs more, not less, sleep than that of an adult.

Lack of sleep impairs thinking and increases forgetfulness, it slows down one’s alertness and the body reflexes. 

It can make you tense, restless, irritable and hard to get along with. This is especially true under conditions of pressure and stress.

So, cooperate with your body by giving it the rest it must have. 

When your parents instruct you to be in bed at a certain hour, realize the rightness of their guidance.

By getting sufficient sleep each night, the quality and speed of your work will improve

You will find life more pleasant, have fewer complaints.

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Steps you can take to avoid getting injured at work

Injured worker carried off in a stretcher after an accident.

Until the beginning of the seventeenth century, practically everything was produced in the home by the family and their servants.

There were no big factories and complicated transportation systems. Work-related accidents were minimal when compared with today.

However, with the advent of machines for mass production and transportation, moved at first by powerful steam engines and later by gasoline engines or electric motors, hazards increased and so did serious accidents. 

The wretched and hazardous conditions to which many industrial workers were subjected in those days became notorious. 

Even women and children worked long hours to the point of exhaustion—increasing accidents. 

Blinded by selfishness and greed, many employers gave little thought to safety precautions

In time, many governments and businesses began to recognize how harmful work and traffic accidents were to their communities. 

Economic setbacks through loss of working hours, medical bills and damage to property and merchandise, besides adverse psychological effects, made action imperative.

Insurance companies, of course, are also very interested in reducing accidents

Accordingly, they have made available printed material, posters, films and other types of publicity for educational safety campaigns. 

Recognizing the importance of cooperating with such campaigns, individual firms have done their part by establishing committees or departments in charge of safety and accident prevention. 

Many of them also provide safety shoes and devices such as hand protectors and equipment to protect the hearing, the sight and the face. 

Then, too, special accident-prevention courses have been sponsored in order to make people more safety-conscious.

This extensive concern on the part of the authorities illustrates how big the problem has become and how much pain, sorrow and damage could be avoided if all of us showed genuine interest in our own welfare and that of others. 

However, all of this may make learning the “safety rules” sound complicated. 

Really the principles are few and easily learned. 

Let’s consider what you can do to improve drastically your chances of avoiding an accident.

10 Steps to prevent work accidents

Since statistics show that work-related accidents are the most common, here are a few safety rules that will be helpful to workers in industry, transportation systems, agriculture and, especially, to those in the construction trades, who are the most frequent victims of serious work accidents:

1. Take your work seriously. Lack of attention, horseplay, the taking of chances, and the running of risks for thrills could cost you your life.

2. Strictly obey safety rules and make use of all personal protective equipment recommended for your job. Do not think that using it is unnecessary or ridiculous.

3. Train yourself in the six steps of safe weight lifting: 

(a) Keep feet apart—one alongside, one behind the object. 

(b) Keep back straight, almost vertical. 

(c) Tuck chin in. 

(d) Grip the object with both hands. 

(e) Tuck elbows and arms in. 

(f) Keep your body directly over your feet, using your leg muscles to do the lifting.

4. Whenever you have to work in an isolated place, offering potential safety hazards, make sure that you are accompanied by others or are within shouting distance of them.

5. Recognize hazards ahead of time by being observant, alert and familiar with safety standards and with the properties of the materials that you have to handle.

6. Any equipment of critical importance to the safe performance of your job should be checked each time that it is to be used. Never presume anything. Machines are governed by natural laws, not by intelligent reasoning.

7. Avoid riding devices designed to lift or transport only cargo.

8. Make a habit of good housekeeping: Clean up any spills immediately. 

Keep tools in their proper place. Also, all solvent-soaked rags should be disposed of in airtight metal receptacles.

9. Cleaning, repairing, adjusting and most lubricating of machines should be done with all power sources and valves shut off. 

Only authorized workers should have access to power sources.

10. Guards on the machine are for your protection; therefore, never leave them off while operating. 

Always keep in mind that loose clothing or long hair can very easily get caught in machines.

Your personal share of responsibility

Of course, many other “do’s” and “don’t’s” could be added to these lists.

But these points are sufficient to illustrate basic principles; they are not meant to restrict you to the point of losing the joy of work

If you apply them, they can make you more safety-conscious. 

Safety rules only become meaningful when people believe in them. 

As long as you think: ‘It won’t happen to me,’ you are a potential victim.”

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Is obedience really important?

A boy disobeys the sign of not jumping from the bridge.

A baseball player knew only too well what was expected of him.

He could use his bat as he pleased unless signaled to do otherwise by his manager. 

But this seemed to him to be a most important game and he was certain that he could improve upon the judgment of the manager. 

So, although he was instructed to “bunt,” he did the very opposite; he gave the ball a wallop that resulted in a home run, thereby winning the game. 

The baseball fans no doubt acclaimed him a hero, but he was however punished for disobeying his manager.

He learned that obedience was more important than winning a game.
But it might be asked, Was it just, fair and reasonable to penalize a player for winning a game?

No, he was not penalized for winning the game but for going contrary to orders. 

What would happen to the sport of baseball if each player could do as he pleased?

Where would be the teamwork? 

Besides, while in this isolated case the batter’s judgment may have been better, how often is this the case? 

Moreover, who can say whether the game might not also have been won had the batter obeyed? 

Yes, some people are hired and paid to call the signals, for that is what they are supposed to know best; others get paid for cooperating with them. 

Cooperation often means to obey, which this player failed to do.

How important is it to obey?

The very sound of the word “obey” is irksome to many people. 

Some modern brides object to the word “obey” in their marriage vows. 

Ever so many people want to be free to do as they please, to do their “own thing.” 

But life begins and continues only as long as we obey. How so? 

In that we all need to obey the laws of nature—such as gravity, cause and effect, metabolism, and so forth—to keep on living.

Not only is it in our interest to obey the laws of nature, but it is also in our interest to obey the laws that have been made for the orderly functioning of society

Anarchists would do away with all laws; but what confusion and jeopardy would result! 

Without those lights and the obedience of car drivers, the traffic at that point could be hopelessly snarled, not to mention how many persons might be killed because of accidents. 

No question about obedience to traffic laws being important!

Or consider the musicians in a symphony orchestra. 

The conductor might be a genius, but what good would that be if they did not obey him? 

Musicians know only too well the importance of obedience, for their jobs depend upon their implicitly obeying the conductor, the notes and the first musician of their section! 

Is obedience important for them? It certainly is!

By the very nature of things in every human society, if there is to be order, harmony and accomplishment there must be cooperation, and cooperation involves some measure of obedience.

Indeed it is, for not only did parents bring the children into the world, which of itself makes them responsible, but they have the greater experience and the obligation of providing their children with food, clothing, shelter, education, training, and instruction.

How can they properly discharge these duties if their children do not cooperate by obeying? 

No more so than a conductor can do justice to a piece of music unless his men fully cooperate by obeying him!

And there are other spheres of human activity requires individuals to obey. 

For example, obedience is called for in the marital relationship if there is to be peace, harmony and happiness in the family, among citizens in relation to their governments for justice to prevail, among workers or employees in relation to bosses or employers so as to get work done .

Of course, all such obedience is relative, meaning that it is rendered so long as it does not go against harming the fundamental rights of the individuals involved.

So, how important is obedience? Truly very, very important!

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How pride can ruin your personality, reputation and relationships?

A very proud woman pointing finger.
Have you ever dealt with a person who deliberately tried to make you feel small?"

Perhaps a manager, a boss, or even a family member who looked down his nose at you and treated you with utter disdain?

How did you feel about that person?

Were you attracted to his personality?

Certainly not! Why?

Pride and relationships

Pride usually creates barriers and stifles communication.

Pride makes a person downgrade everybody else, so that he or she always appears to be superior.

The person with such an attitude seldom says a good word about others.

There is always some negative qualifying phrase—"yes, that may be true, but he has this problem or that defect.”

In Thoughts of Gold in Words of Silver, pride is described as

 “an ever-defeating vice. It eats up a person, leaving very little to admire. In contrast, the world loves the humble—not the humble that are proud of it, but the really humble.” ” 

Is it any wonder that no one feels at ease around a proud person?

In fact, the price of pride is often a dearth of true friends.

The proud person is capable of hubris, of being insolent, of causing humiliation to others. 

He enjoys hurting someone in a cold, impersonal way and then gloats over the other person’s discomfort and ignominy. 

But undermining or destroying someone’s self-respect is a two-edged sword. 

It results in losing a friend and, more than likely, making an enemy.

Pride can have many faces—pride that springs from nationalism, from racism, from class and caste distinctions, from education, wealth, prestige, and power. 

In one way or another, pride can easily creep up on you and corrode your personality.

Many a person appears to be humble when dealing with superiors or even peers. 

But what happens when the apparently humble person gets into a position of authority? 

This may happen to some when they put on a uniform or carry a badge that implies power. 

Even government workers can become proud in their dealings with the public, thinking that the public is there to serve them, not vice versa. 

Pride can make you harsh, unfeeling; humility can make you kind.

The Spanish proverb is true, “Tell me who you walk with and I will tell you who you are.” 

If you prefer to associate with people who are slovenly, lazy, uncouth, and foulmouthed, then you will become like them. 

Their attitudes will rub off on you, and like them, you will lack self-respect.

Some people have difficulty saying, “I’m sorry. I made a mistake. You were right.” 


Too much pride! 

Yet, how often a genuine apology could easily put a stop to a verbal disagreement.

Or, in your pride, do you hold a grudge, perhaps for days and months, refusing to speak to the supposed offender? 

Do you even carry on a vendetta in an effort to get even? 

People have been murdered in some vendettas.

In others, character assassination has been the method. 

In contrast, a humble person is loving and forgiving. 

Or do you always have to find a defect to take the shine off their reputation? 

Yes, are you capable of genuinely praising other people

If you have difficulty in this respect, perhaps personal insecurity and pride are your problems.

Self-respect means having respect for yourself. 

It means that you do care about what other people think of you. 

If care about your appearance, relationships and your reputation, avoid pride at all cost!

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