What does it take then to be healthy? To be able to be healthy, one must understand the definition:
\ ˈhelth also ˈheltth \
Essential Meaning of health
1: the condition of being well or free from disease
2: the overall condition of someone’s body or mind
3: the condition or state of something
Full Definition of health
1a: the condition of being sound in body, mind, or especially : freedom from physical disease or pain
b: the general condition of the body
2a: a condition in which someone or something is thriving or doing well: WELL-BEING
According to the above-mentioned definition from Mirriam-Webster, health involves freedom of disease or pain (which also entails freedom from medication); a sound mind-body; and the ability to thrive within the environment in which we live.
How do we go about doing this?
For the past 25 years I have been focused on studying the body and what it has taken to make one’s body healthy. Not just pain free, but truly healthy. How can we measure health, and what do the healthier people do?
The concept of health, especially from a government’s perspective, and people’s understanding of health has greatly put under the microscope over the past 2 years. What can be said, without argument, is that healthier people have a greater ability to thrive in this world, not just survive.
Health comes from within us.
From above, from our brain (mind in the definition) and radiates down and through our body; from inside of us and then without. This is an age-old chiropractic concept of health: From above, down, inside, out.
To be healthy, we need to be able to look after ourselves, and it is a journey. There are many governing factors that determine our health. Most will come under the umbrella as to how we cope with and handle the deficiencies or excesses of physical, chemical and emotional stress. These, over time, manifest as (mostly) chronic lifestyle disease, and are medicated. Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic pain, inflammation, arthritic change, muscle soreness and tightness, infertility, anxiety and depression, poor memory, brain fog, digestive issues and poor immunity.
All of these can be medicated to mask the symptoms to make you feel better. According to the above-mentioned definitions, they do not make you healthier.
If your goal is to live a longer (quantity) life with a greater quality of health take note. Over the past months, we have posted many things on both this BLOG and on our Facebook page that you can do now to improve your health. To decrease the toxic load (e.g. less TV or Social Media) or to improve any deficiencies (e.g. to get more Vitamin D, to improve your sleep, to laugh more or to simply move) that your body in going through.
By taking these simple action steps, and making small gradual changes to your life, you will move towards someone who is thriving or doing well. You will move closer to greater health and well being.