Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is “an optimal condition of total physical, mental and emotional well-being and not just the absence of illness and infirmity.” There has been a variety of different definitions used over the years for what constitutes health. For some, it is having strong healthy relationships, being financially stable, and having a sense of self-worth.
Other people consider health to be having the ability to experience joy in life, participate in activities that are meaningful, and having a sense of compassion and understanding for others. For many other people health simply means a balanced diet, regular exercise, having adequate sleep, and knowing and following a basic set of hygiene practices. When asked what good health is, many people will agree that it includes a balanced diet, a healthy body weight, and the prevention of serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
Having these three things is essential to one’s mental and physical health, but not all people meet this minimum standard. Indeed, while most of us would gladly accept good health as something we strive for and work hard to achieve, there are a small percentage of people who are unhealthy, and that number increases every year. As a result, the question becomes “What is the best definition of health”, and what can you do to improve your health and prevent future diseases?”
The answer to this question can be difficult, but it is not impossible. The only way to get to a healthy lifestyle is to start with your own mind and your own body. You must learn to be aware of what you are putting into your body and be proactive about making sure that you consume foods that are good for you. This is the only way to develop a positive self-image and to start on the road to good health.