Throughout life, there will always be a constant struggle to find and maintain reliable services, assets, and relationships. Whether it’s having a car that can always take you from point A to B, or a close friend that you know you can rely on when things get tough, we just can’t get through this life without putting our trust in the things we need the most. But this concept sometimes doesn’t include the one thing that we rely on the most from the moment we’re born: our body. Our body is the vessel that we need to rely on every second of the day, meaning that looking after our body is one of the most important ways to ensure a healthy and long life.
There are around 1.22 billion smokers in the world, and around 50% of them will develop lung cancer at some point due to the carcinogenic nature of cigarettes. Most modern cigarettes are made from a material called “sheet” which is a mixture of tobacco leftovers, which are combined with other floor sweepings, which are then glued together and then sprayed with a nicotine solution. It’s not hard to see why smoking is so bad for one’s health, and how it’s considered by the World Health Organisation to be the most preventable cause of death in the world. Smoking increases the chance of getting cancer, developing cardiovascular problems, and can lead to a multitude of other health problems, many of which are permanent.
Humans have been drinking alcohol for thousands of years, and history has proven time and time again that it’s just not possible to separate people from their booze. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a glass of wine or odd beer in the afternoon or during a day at the races, it can quickly become a serious addiction that has long reaching consequences. When we drink too much alcohol, our liver quickly becomes overwhelmed, and we essentially poison ourselves, which is how we experienced the sensation of being drunk. This isn’t too much of an issue if done extremely seldom, but drinking every day can wear out the liver, an essential organ for dealing with toxins. On top of that, drinking can lead to endless bad decisions, such as driving under the influence, which obviously puts others in danger.
For many, the idea of abuse revolves around a person that physically attacks their loved ones, but abuse can come in many shapes and sizes. For instance, emotional abuse is one of the most prolific kinds of abuse in the world and can even be perpetuated by someone you’re meant to love, such as a mother. Abuse, especially the emotional types, can be years in the making, and are often a by-product of the abuse that the abuser had to deal with – many people believe it’s just a normal part of society, such as hitting their children. It’s important to recognise when abuse is taking place and finding the help to try and mitigate and avoid it if possible.