Back to Basics – Defining HEALTH!

Back to Basics – Defining HEALTH

For any common person, health may simply be put as absence of any form of illness. It means if you are feeling fine then you are a healthy individual. Those looking at it from a higher perspective see health as a state of complete well-being.

Here well-being encompasses the balance between one’s body, mind and spirit along with social environs. Same is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

So to achieve and maintain healthy body one must keep all these in sync. Any disruption in their harmony makes us susceptible to ill health.

Health and longevity can be attained with conscious decisions. For best results one must focus on personal diet, exercise i.e. physical activity and mental happiness.

The status of our health cannot be static. It remains dynamic. Above mentioned factors impact our well-being in general. For instance, our food intake could be responsible for making us feel sluggish and overweight. Though its role should be to nourish us and help us feel satiated. Our choices of food items, cooking methods and medium are significant.

For instance, during the processing of wheat grain, 40% of its original content is removed. This makes it less nutritious. 100% whole wheat food contains both the wheat germ (embryo) as well as the bran (shell of the wheat grain). So, when you eat the whole wheat food, you gain the many wonderful health benefits that come with the grain and the bran.

Physical workout including exercises, yoga asanas and an active routine can be advantageous in increasing flexibility, balance and energy levels while strengthening muscles naturally.

Changes in our food intake and environment could make us feel stressed. Research shows that along with relaxation techniques, Omega 3 fatty acids rich diet also contribute to the better functioning of our brain and body. Through the nervous system they promote development of circuits in the brain. This, in turn impacts the speed at which information gets processed. Deficiency of Omega 3 can lead to mood swings, decline in cognitive abilities, poor memory and even depression.

Keeping the above-mentioned holistic view of health can help in various ways. It prevents ailments and assists in faster recovery of those who are already unwell.

- By

Dr. Priyanka Gupta (Consultant), DocOnline

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