3 Body care aspects that are essential for your health

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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

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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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