WHAT IS GENERALLY GOOD HEALTH?
What is considered generally good health? There are many answers to this question and the answer will vary depending on who answers the question. Medical News Today has an article titled What is Health? This is I think the best all round definition I could find. It is worth the read.
Good health helps you to control stress and helps you to live longer. According to Stats Canada life expectancy here is 82.9 years. The number is a little lower for men and a little higher for women. It is actually lower in the USA.
TYPES OF HEALTH
When we think about our bodies, many of us think of only the physical. Are our body systems working well? Is my heart healthy? Do I have any chronic illnesses. Many people still neglect to think about mental, spiritual and economic issues. In Canada we are fortunate that our income is less likely to affect the quality of our care (I cannot tell you it never affects health care). There are many countries where the wealthy will receive far superior care and the poor receive next to none.
Medical News Today says ” a person who has good physical health is likely to have bodily functions and processes working at their peak. There is no doubt that the peak performance of an organ or bodily function decreases with age. By maintaining good habits we can help to maintain our body systems. The connection between mental and physical health is now much more recognised. We know that poor mental wellness can lead to poor physical health. The reverse is also true, poor physical health can often lead to poor mental health.
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO GENERALLY GOOD HEALTH
A holistic approach to good health involves caring for the whole person. It is understanding that the whole person needs attention and that one aspect does not exist without the other. Our bodies have 11 organ systems. They include the integumentary (skin, hair, nails) system, skeletal system, muscular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system, endocrine (hormones and chemical messenger) system, cardiovascular system, urinary system, and reproductive systems. Keeping each of these systems working well is key.
Remember that we have control and input in regards to our wellness. Much of what results in good health involves healthy habits and lifestyle choices BUT we can indeed do everything right and still our genes will take over and head us down the path of illness or disease.
Our bodies will age, our bodies will be affected by choices, our genes will predispose us to certain illnesses and mental, spiritual and economic health will contribute. Here at Live Fat and Fit, we will spend 2021 discussing some of these systems, their interactions, influences and how we can work towards contentment regardless. You can find information regarding asthma in winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder, blood pressure, fibromyalgia and more by browsing through the site.
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