In a series of emails, we are going to be talking about health what it means to be healthy. Many people have the idea that as long as you are not coughing, you are good to go. This indeed is not true as good health encompasses an array of aspects. And our expert, and Medical Director will be covering this topic as well as going in detail about specific diseases. If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to direct them to email@example.com
What does it mean to be healthy?
The word “health” refers to a state of complete emotional and physical well-being. Health can be defined as physical, mental and social wellbeing. It is also a resource for living a full life.
Being healthy refers not only to the absence of disease, but the ability to recover and bounce back from illness and other problems.
Factors of good health include genetics, the environment, relationships and education. A healthful diet, exercise, screening for diseases and coping strategies can all enhance a persons’ health.
There are different types of health of which mental and physical health are the two most common discussed. Amongst this, we also talk about “spiritual health”, “Emotional health” and “financial health”. All these have also been linked to lower stress levels and greater mental and physical wellbeing.
Factors contributing towards a health outcome:
Health is determined by a wide range of factors.
As you know, a person is born with a range of genes, and in some people, an unusual genetic pattern can lead to less than optimum health levels. However, this can be determined upfront. (This will be covered in later on in my series)
Environmental factors also play a role. Sometimes the Environment alone can impact your health. Other times, an environmental trigger can cause illness in a person who is genetically susceptible.
Access to healthcare also plays a major role. It has been suggested that the following factors may have a bigger impact on health”
- Where a person lives
- The state of your surrounding environment
- Levels of education
- Relationships with friends and family.
Now that you know some of the factors contributing to either good or bad health, or also the different types of health, we are going to dwell into more detail about the latter.
A person who has physical health has body functions which are working at peak performance either due to not only a lack of disease, but also due to regular exercise, balanced nutrition and adequate rest. These people receive treatment when necessary in order to maintain the balance.
Physical wellbeing, involves pursuing a healthy lifestyle in order to decrease the risk of disease. Maintaining physical fitness, for example can protect and develop the endurance of a persons’ breathing and heart function, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition.
Physical health and wellbeing also helps reduce the risk of an injury or health issue. Examples include, minimizing hazards in the work place, practicing safe sex, practicing good hygiene or avoiding the use of tobacco, alcohol and or illegal drugs and substances.
Mental health refers to a persons’ emotional, social and psychological wellbeing. Mental health is as important as physical health is to a full, active lifestyle.
It is harder to define mental health than it is to define physical health because in many cases, the diagnosis dis dependent on the individuals’ perception of their experience. As technology and the medical field in testing has improved, some signs and types of mental illness can now become “visible” in CT scans and genetic testing.
- Enjoy life
- Bounce back after difficult experiences
- Achieve balance
- Adapt to adversity
- Feel safe and secure
- Achieve your potential.
Physical and mental health are linked. If chronic illness affects a persons’ ability to complete their regular tasks, it may lead to depression and stress.
A mental illness such as depression or anorexia nervosa can affect body weight and function.
It is important to approach health as a whole rather than its different types.
There are different types of diseases in the category ill health and as we go along, we will be unraveling causes, symptoms, treatments, myths and truths.
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Yours in good health