Tuesday, May 3, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found


VideoLost orange & white female fox terrier on 5/1/16 near 775 & 3432. Please contact Lindsay @ 210-284-0094. Thanks.
Found: 2 female dogs, 1 black and white Terrier mix and 1 Lab mix puppy, Floresville. 812-632-8164.
Lost: Border Collie, black and white male, one eye, microchipped, C.R. 319/F.M. 775 area. 210-382-2167.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

>Hiring FT/PT individual to work at local Child Care Center. Must have High School Diploma or GED. Please apply in person at Little Bear Child Care Center at 12992 HWY 87W.
*Fair Housing notice. All help wanted advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference limitation or discrimination." This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for help wanted ads, which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

South Texas Living


Healthy Living: Well-being advice from our ancestors




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
June 13, 2012 | 2,747 views | Post a comment

Every time we turn on the television or read a magazine, we are faced with an onslaught of health advice. What we should be doing, what we shouldn’t be doing, the latest new fads, workouts, and dietary recommendations. You could be forgiven for thinking that all of this information is new, since it’s really only come to media attention in the last couple of decades.

But delve a little into the history books, and you will find that many of the core principles of the modern health and well-being movement are considerably older than expected. In fact, they were already known to ancient civilizations thousands of years ago, and widely proclaimed well before anyone had even heard the term evidence-based medicine!

•Healthy diet

The Indian practice of Ayurveda, starting around 2500 BC, specifically emphasized the importance of nutrition for vitality. Fruits, vegetables, and spices such as turmeric, were endorsed as healthy foods that could act as natural cures for a variety of ailments. The Greeks raved about the wonderful benefits of olive oil, and Amazonian tribes believed in the healing properties of Acai berries. Other wholesome and nutritious foods such as wheat and grapes were also frequently acclaimed in biblical times.

•Regular activity

Chinese practices from 1500 B.C. heavily promoted walking and stretching exercises. The word gymnasium, now shortened to “gym,” was coined by the Greeks around 500 B.C. They understood the relationship between exercise and health, so much so that Athens built three huge public gymnasia to actively encourage regular workouts. And staying on the subject of taking care of the body, the Egyptians advocated meticulous personal hygiene, even paying great attention to their teeth. The Romans later became obsessed with public health and sanitation, recognizing that it was essential for healthy living.

•De-stressing

It’s easy to presume that only the fast-paced modern world is full of stress. Think you have it tough? In the old days, with the next deadly plague or war always just around the corner, there was certainly plenty to be worried about! The detrimental effects of high stress levels have long been known, with a number of different methods utilized to help with relaxation. One of the most famous, the meditation practice Yoga, originated in India almost 5,000 years ago. Ancient Chinese mindfulness techniques, such as Qigong, also remain very popular to this day.

•Society

The very earliest societies documented the value of strong family cohesion and structure as a crucial component of well-being. Furthermore, our ancestors knew the benefits of regular social interactions, doing their best to encourage them. The Greeks and Romans, for example, built large public meeting areas to regularly get people together. They also wrote about the significance of organized education as a key to their future survival. •Life goals

We can perhaps draw the most inspiration when it comes to fulfilling aspirations and reaching our own personal goals. From stories about Confucius to Robert the Bruce, historical texts are packed with anecdotes, parables, and sayings that resonate just as strongly today as they did back then. Working hard, overcoming adversity, and being true to yourself have been the cornerstone of life advice for millennia. Carpe diem, the Latin phrase compelling us to “seize the day,” is one of the simplest yet also most powerful.

Nowadays, the World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” It therefore involves a combination of factors, including emotional as well as physical aspects.

This balanced, holistic approach was practiced in some form or another by most of the great civilizations, and even quoted by individual thinkers such as Socrates. Remarkably, many of them also theorized on preventive medicine as a key to maintaining good health.

So as you can see, there’s much to admire in the well-being teachings of our ancient ancestors, especially since they didn’t have the benefit of modern scientific knowledge to guide their lifestyles.

It’s a sobering thought that all of the answers are not necessarily found in the latest multi-million dollar trial or journal research article.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

South Texas Living Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hear John Muir music at San Antonio Missions (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Judy Bolton Mysteries (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Kendra Scott Trunk Show in Poth (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Merle Haggard tribute to highlight Opry (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mother’s Day Bake Sale (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Musical Club hosts a Bealls style show (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See ‘Shenandoah’ at Night in Ol’ La Vernia (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Suspected bank bandits charged (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Sängerfest brings German choral feast to Floresville (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Theatre Arts students plan variety show (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Treat Mom to a play May 8 (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. America needs old-fashioned values (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Boy Scouts will mark 105 years April 24 in Floresville (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cowboy Breakfast will benefit families in need (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Dance to the ‘Countrymen’ April 24 in Geronimo (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Davy Crockett lunchbox (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy Parish Festival May 1 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Gospel Music Association plans convention (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Historian’s archives secure the past for the future (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Jazz Festival to feature Grammy winner (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lions seek vendors for upcoming Car Show (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Paper Clover Campaign continues (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Road Runners group run April 23 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See Johnny Rodriguez at Texas Theatre (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Shop books and more at Falls City library (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Annual Cowboy Breakfast set for April 23 (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cutting the cord on sugar (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free Grafting Seminar (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free movie night at El Mesias (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hanging out at Hangar 9 (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Match Safe (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Play Texas Hold ’em to help children (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Powerful illustration takes top prize (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register your ride for the Lions Club Car Show (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Saddle up for Poth’s Ride to Remember (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. St. Hedwig church feast is April 24 (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Suspects taken to jail in Floresville (April 13, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Aggie Muster is April 21 (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Beauty hides work to save historic county courthouse (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Blue Bonnet Club supports SISD Hope Day (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bluebonnet Festival of Texas is April 9-10 (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Celebrate the Burton Cotton Gin Festival (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy free jazz concert in Kerrville (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Find out the many uses of native plants (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. First Baptist to host Bible Conference (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s not just complaining (It’s about justice) (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s Swing Dance time in Seguin (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Jump-start SA party at Fiesta Fiesta (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. OLPH plans tour, wine tasting fund-raiser (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Pilgrim Opry set for April 9 (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Playhouse 2000 features ‘forgotten’ Mark Twain play (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Ruby Glass (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Service Through Music benefit (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Shoot skeet, play washers for ACTS (April 6, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Witness ‘The Gospel Side of Elvis’ (April 6, 2016)
WCN Photo Contest HHF
WWII Clippings HHF
Coupon Q&A HHF-right
coupon home-rght
Triple R DC ExpertsHeavenly Touch homeEast Central Driving SchoolVoncille Bielefeld homeAllstate & McBride Realty

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.