What is health?
Is it merely the absence of symptoms? Does it mean you’re healthy today because you didn’t have to take any medicine for a headache or indigestion or are you ‘healthy’ because you can run a marathon or lift lots of weights? As you age, does your health just naturally diminish or is it possible to have control over your health and is bad health a genetically predetermined fate? So many question surround the state of a person’s health, but it is hard to know just what to do to reach sound mind and body.
What happens if one day you’re sitting in the doctor’s office and they classify you as having high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, or perhaps your weight means you’re now classified as being overweight or obese. What do you do ? Diet and exercise of course, but what about all the other stuff ? Fit doesn’t always mean healthy. We all know someone who works-out regularly in the gym, has tried all sorts of diets but still struggles to burn enough fat, tone up or even recover effectively from injury or illness. Maybe we’re overlooking some other important factors that contribute to health.
Being healthy is not just what you eat and how much you exercise.
There’s a lot more to it but it doesn’t have to be complicated. To be healthy simply means to be happy, full of life and vitality, free from disease and ailments, and bursting with energy. Health refers to not just the body, but also the mind and soul. It’s a state of well being. So in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise, what can we do to ensure optimal health?
Firstly we need to recognise that to live a healthy lifestyle we need to create balance, or homeostasis, and to do that we need to take a look at the whole picture. The holistic approach to health acknowledges that the human body is a ‘system of systems’, all of which interact and communicate with each other.
These are the 6 Foundational Principles of Health