I write this post from a hospital surrounded by many unwell people. There is nothing like a hospital to show you how frail we are as humans. Even an ingrown toe nail can hurt like hell. The Human body is nothing short of of a miracle and we are surrounded by nature designed to heal. Growing up I believed in the power of the human body to heal itself. I am not sure where or why I acquired the belief but I thought no matter what you do the body will find the magic potion to solve for it. When you hear stories of how people have overcome odds and even climbed Everest with artificial legs it’s not hard to be swayed by the power of the human body and the affect the mind and your resolve can have. It may even be true especially as a young adult because the body is resilient and designed to fight many battles.

With age comes the wisdom that while you must never compromise on your resolve and the capacity of the human mind to believe in good outcomes you must simultaneously take extreme levels of care of your body, mind and soul. It’s easy to procrastinate or believe that you are somehow different or that it won’t be you. However the adage  that prevention is better than cure is really true.

I know my example may sound silly but there were few things I liked more than a glass of chilled water filled with tons of ice a habit I picked up from living in the United States. Upon learning that warm water is much better for you I recently switched from cold to warm water. I assure you I never thought this was possible for I truly loved the feel of the cold water slipping down my throat. Surprisingly the change was not that difficult and I very occasionally do get tempted to go back especially when I get strange looks in fancy restaurants from the even more fancy server. I tell myself I am awake to reality and she is not and ignore. Similarly there are so many things big and small that you can do that helps you live a better life. Make the change as soon as you can, there is no time like now to start.  Small habits build up and take you onto a positive chain of events and before you know it, hopefully, you don’t know how to live any other way.

My good friend Ravi made such an impact on me with his words of wisdom almost two years ago and I never tire of thanking him both in my heart and when ever I get a chance to speak with him. I hope my writing can help you too live a healthful life.



Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

2 thoughts on “Prevention

  • August 18, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Thank you Ritesh, another well written article. The power of the human body to heal itself. I strongly believe in this & as I undergo chemo I chant this to myself Everyday that the power to heal lies in myself yet taking care to make all the changes that are good for the body.

    • August 18, 2016 at 1:58 am

      Thank you Munira. Wish you healing and gods hands. Thanks for sharing.

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