Health and a system to produce it
Firstly Doctors and hospitals are great places to go if you are sick of suffering from trauma. They are disease, illness and injury managers but too often I see people automatically abdicate responsibility for their health to their Doctor. The doctor may not be the best person to manage their general wellbeing.
What is health?
- the absence of disease or illness
- the absence of injury
- a state of mind
- the ability to do what you have to do
The English word “health” comes from the Old English word hale, meaning “wholeness, being whole, sound or well,”. Hale comes from the Proto-Indo-European root kailo, meaning “whole, uninjured, of good omen”. Kailocomes from the Proto-Germanic root khalbas, meaning “something divided”.
Health at a cellular, tissue, organ and systematic level
What I’m talking about is the ability of the body at an intra cellular, cellular, organ, system and holistic level to be able to function as created and to maintain itself. Health is complex but in my experience there are 4 areas where you can positively affect your health every day.
Fitness vs Health
Many people, including myself, are/have been confused about the distinction between fitness and health. Quite recently there was a female marathon runner who crossed the line and seconds later died of a heart condition. Was she fit? Yes but her underlying heart condition meant that her health was compromised.
Similarly I see men and women spend an hour in the gym and then tuck into a meal full of saturated fats and sugar in the cafe afterwards – washing it all down with a beer or two. Are they likely to be healthy and fit? They may be fit but their cardiovascular system may be slowly degrading due to their diets.
Health and fitness are like a brother and sister. You can be very fit but grossly overweight. Equally you can be healthy but very unfit. So the primary systems you need to exercise are:
- heart, lungs and vascular systems
- mind and nervous system
- muscles, skeleton and skin
- endocrine and immune system
- digestive system
- lymphatic system
4 steps to improve your wellbeing
To exercise every one of those you simply need to follow these 4 basic steps and add one or two things to extend the benefits – like reading.
However, there are some very simple things you should do if you value your wellbeing.
- drink more water – 2 litres/day is the minimum
- exercise at least 30 minutes/day – walking is great
- Eat foods closest to the way they are found in nature – excluding poultry
- Supplement only where you know your diet to be deficient
Follow those 4 steps every day and gradually you’ll move closer to a healthy you.
Title: 4 Simple Steps to Health
Reviewed by Paul Barton on Mar 8
Summary: Health vs Fitness
Description: We often find it difficult to distinguish between health and fitness. Health is the freedom from injury, sickness and disease. Fitness is the ability of the body to perform whatever function you ask of it at a given moment. However, to be truly well you need to work on both fitness and longer term and systematic wellness.
4 Steps to wellness
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Total time: 60
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3. food – the way its found in nature
4. intelligent supplementation to fill in the blanks