To keep the body in good Health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha
What is Health?
Don’t be surprised if someone asked you what health is. The question you should ask yourself is; why should someone be interested in defining health; seeing that good health is the goal of research and healthcare, then it’s important to know what is it, how to maintain it, and how to measure it. The definition of health goes a long way in telling its importance in the life of every human; this is why the WHO proposed a new definition in 2009 as against the initial definition proposed in 1948.
It is said that this initial definition is no longer of value as it depicts health as only the complete physical, mental and social wellbeing of a person and ignores the fact that health is also the absence of disease. It also limits the ability of the human body to cope with the unstable nature of our emotional, social and physical challenges. You see why it is important for health to be defined properly, and know what it entails.
The proper definition of health with result in revealing its relevance and importance as it concerns our day-to-day living. The new definition proposed by the WHO in 2009 defines health as; the ability to adapt and self-manage” in the face of social, physical, and emotional challenges. There are other definitions, as well as other terms that depict what health is all about. There is a saying that; he, who has health, has hope, and he who has hope, has everything. Health goes beyond just numbers of on a chart, or a good or bad feeling, or an external aesthetic, health encompasses all areas of human life. Health has been misunderstood severally with perfect physique and physical fitness, which is just a branch of health. If it may interest you to know; health is the most important aspect of our life. There are four cardinal areas where health covers; physical health, mental and emotional health, social health and spiritual health. You should note that no area is more important than the other.
Health has been misunderstood severally with perfect physique and physical fitness, which is just a branch of health.
Here is another very interesting definition of health. The business dictionary defines Health as a dynamic condition resulting from a body’s constant adjustment and adaptation in response to stresses and changes in the environment for maintaining an inner equilibrium called homeostasis. This definition broadens the scope of health and what it entails. The concept of health is somewhat so familiar that people don’t even want to know what it really means. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines health as the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially: freedom from physical disease or pain. Health should be seen beyond the shores of just the absence of sickness. Health covers all area of your life. Thеrе аrе ѕеvеrаl benefits оf a healthy life. Yоur bоdу bесоmеѕ free frоm vаriоuѕ forms оf disorders аnd thus, уоu gеt a longer life. Yоu саn live a life withоut suffering frоm аnу aches, pain, оr discomfort. In еvеrу sphere оf уоur life, уоu will bе аblе tо perform tо thе bеѕt оf уоur ability. Dоing excellent work helps уоu tо bе a valuable member оf a healthy society.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan
How can I expand my knowledge about my health?
Expanding your health knowledge doesn’t mean you should go and study medicine if that’s what you’re thinking. Expanding your knowledge about your health simply knowing the basic things about your health and how you can avoid some issues that can affect your health. There are a lot of things you need to know about your health, and the knowledge of these things would help you maintain a proper health. What are these important things we need to know;
- Blood pressure
- Blood cholesterol
- Fasting blood glucose
- Body mass index
- Waist size
- Body weight
- C-reactive protein
- Your Blood group
- Your preferred exercise
- Your family medical record and history
- Basic understanding of your pigmentation and moles
- What your breast tissue feels like
- Your allergies
- What reduces your stress
- Vitamin deficiency
- Food sensitivities
- Your health insurance
- The vaccines you’ve received
The list might seem to be very long, but a basic knowledge and understanding of the aforementioned will expand your knowledge about your health. Don’t see it as something burdensome; just see it as something that would help you better your health, because believe it or not, these health numbers as they are often called are very vital for health.
What Books Should I Read?
As the saying goes; information is power. If you want to know more about your health and how to maintain it, you need to read about it. And in reading, you need to make sure you’re reading the right materials. Don’t just pick up anything you see and read, some of them might not contain the right information on what you need to know about your health. You can meet your health practitioner to help with suggestions on books to read. You can also read health journals; these journals contain updated information about the latest health reports and things you should know. You can also read health storybooks, as they can contain important lessons on how to maintain your health.
What are the most popular health/wellness blogs/websites?
Usually, when people have health issues and don’t want to go to the doctor, they turn to the internet. They believe they can stumble on a website that can help them with their health issue(s). I would like to save you the stress of surfing the net in search of health websites; I would be recommending to you some of the best health websites in the world.
- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Health Finder
- Medical News Today
- Yahoo Health
- Your Disease Risk
- National Library of Medicine and National Institutes
These are some of the websites I know and trust that you can get adequate and accurate information about your health.
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