It is unfortunate that early in life we are not taught about the importance of understanding when our body speaks to us. We take for granted that the body will rapidly deteriorate as we get older, so we ignore all the signs the body tells us to slow down aging.
The body starts breaking down from the moment we are born. The comments “I could eat that much when I was young, now I can’t” or “Doing that exercise didn’t hurt when I was young, now I am too old for that” are basically incorrect statements.
When we are young and “overeat or strain the body beyond its limitations” we are damaging the body. We are breaking down the function of vital organs as well as joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc. We just don’t feel the abuse as much. Very much like a “brand new” car doesn’t get affected by daily wear and tear as much as an “old car” does.
The correct statement should be “I should have never abused my body by overeating, taking drugs, doing alcohol, lifting too heavy of weights, working out incorrectly, depriving myself of sleep, etc. for every time I did one of those things, I was slowly breaking down my body. My body was never able to handle such punishment, but my mind overrode my physical limitations. That damage is the reason for my debilitating condition today.”