Health – It’s on my mind pretty much ALL the time. I’m not sure if it’s how my mind works, but I see so many out-of-shape, lethargic people everywhere. Personally, I’m kind of surprised – I live out in the country, and while there were certainly sick people where I grew up, most people in my hometown of Bangor, PA were “country-strong” – even if they were overweight, they were vibrant. Strong. Forces of nature. Fat men with big strong arms, John Deere mesh hats and permanently dirty fingernails. Not always pretty, but folks to be reckoned with.
We’re told that we live longer than we ever have, but I often wonder if we hit a plateau a while ago and that only science can prop us up to continue that rise. And I also wonder if it’s really true that we actually live longer– I did a quick study a while ago through my wife’s family history – the Slocumb family – and found that the big difference was that infant mortality was the real killer. If you made it to 16, chances were you’d make it at least to 60, at least out in the country. No Type 2 Diabetes, minimal cancer, morbid obesity. There were an awful lot of entries that said “and he passed at 84 in great health and surrounded by family”.
So, what were things like hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago? Disease, sanitation, and warfare aside, was there a level of vibrance we have a hard time imagining in ourselves? Personally, I think there was. When you look at the hard work it took our ancestors to survive in the wild, build civilizations, survive untold famines, conquer through tremendous foot travel and hand-to-hand combat (right or wrong, you have to admit it was physically impressive), I find myself wondering – could we do the same? Do we have the nutrients to make these physical sacrifices? The willpower?
There are so many aspects to health. As the owner of the world’s healthiest beverage company, our choices in what we eat and drink are obviously one of the most important and visible, as well as our exercise, or, in a more primal/ancestral application, physical exertion. But there’s so many other things. What we put on our bodies. What we put in our minds. How we defend ourselves in a world so different than it was for the first 99% of our history as a species.
Let me know your thoughts, and I look forward to having you along on one humble man’s journey to the rediscovery of our ancestral, rightful health.