What does health mean to you? I talk to many people everyday, (I work at the gym), who think that they are (fairly) healthy. And they cite the fact that they don’t have any problems that they know of. I want to submit that health is bigger than not feeling any pain, or being on medications, or not having any outwardly symptoms of disease. Diabetes doesn’t hurt. Heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, some cancers, may not show any symptoms until the disease is full-blown. So I would conjecture to say, how you “feel” is not the best indicator of your health.
So what is health? According to Dorland’s Medical Dictionary, “health is a state of optimal physical, spiritual, and mental well-being, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” So are you living a balanced life? Are your stress levels in check? Are you thriving in the different areas of your life? Are you physically and mentally able to tackle life’s challenges?
Just think of your body like a house. You have many different things going on in house…ya got the foundation, the plumbing, the electrical wiring, the walls, the roof, and the extras like furniture, dishes, and such. If you had a termite infestation or rusted pipes or a rotting roof, your house may not fall apart right away. It could take months or even years before those issues manifested. But they would definitely create problem. Same thing could be said for our bodies. There could be things going on within you right now that are slowly eating away at your foundation. So to combat that, start creating healthier behaviors. Increase the water intake, fruits and veggies, sleep, and exercise. Then start decreasing some unhealthy behaviors. Decrease the stress, fried and processed foods, and risky behaviors (you fill in the blank here.) We clearly cannot control everything about our health…there are environmental and genetic factors in play. But we can do the best to control the controllable.