How can we all develop greater resilience in our health? We need to create robust health for ourselves. Creating health mainly depends on what we eat, do, think and how we live our lives. So, creating robust health is primarily in our own hands. This is now being realised by governments and national health services, as they are faced with the ever increasing costs of treating lifestyle illnesses like type 2 diabetes. Here in the UK we see the Public Health England strongly promoting a healthier way of eating to reduce obesity, which is linked to many serious health problems and a shorter life.
Macrobiotics has always stressed how every individual and family can take much more responsibility for their health. It teaches a simple way of creating balance and health in our body, through eating a balanced plant-based diet, regular exercise, and balance in our lifestyle. Thousands of individuals have discovered how to create stronger health with more energy, and heal many common health problems themselves.
Everything we do to increase our physical health and emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing has a preventative affect, reducing our chances of developing both minor health problems and also serious degenerative diseases. Of course, if we need the expertise of modern western medicine then we should not hesitate to use it, but there is enormous potential for keeping ourselves well and greatly reducing our need for western medical interventions.
All our classes here at the International Macrobiotic School are teaching simple ways of understanding our internal health, and the dietary and lifestyle changes to increase our health and quality of life. On a social level, this is an enormous shift in how we think about health – from expecting other people to treat our illnesses when they occur, to preventing much illness ourselves and often being able to heal health problems like headaches, high blood sugar levels, coughs and colds, menstrual problems, exhaustion and depression.
A shift to a more balanced approach to health would not only save our national budgets a great deal of money, and take the pressure off our national health systems, but on an individual level people would find it empowering. To be able to take much greater control over our health and lives is hugely rewarding.