Are we “healthy”?
What is your definition of true health? Is it how you feel, how you look, how you perform, or is it what’s going on inside your body? And even if you knew what true health was, how would you obtain it?
Our search for health can easily become exhausting and frustrating, given the amount of information our there, and the contradictions that we see and hear.
Defining what health is, and figuring out if someone is truly healthy is actually a very hard question to answer. Especially when health has many definitions depending on where you look.
So, how would it feel to be better able to identify the meaning of true health?
The World Health Organisation (WHO), for example, defines health as:
“A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
As a clinician, I have always looked for proof and results based on scientific evidence, so here is a more clinical definition that resonates better with me:
“Health is a continuing property that is measured by how well an individual is able to fight off and overcome external or internal insults, whether physical, chemical, infectious, psychological, or social”.
What that basically means to me is this: Health is about how well we can maintain balance between ourselves and the environment; the outside and inside environment. We all know that when our body is functioning well, there is a state of consistent homeostatic (body’s ability to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium) function. What that means is that the cells that make our body are programmed to be self-regulating throughout life. They NEVER malfunction unless there are chemical, physical, emotional stressors. All our cells are genetically programmed with the recipe for heath: that is the hard scientific evidence! It is our choices and our living environments that determine whether or not the proper ingredients are supplied. So the good news is, if we are clear on what true health means to us, and understand the consequences that our lifestyle choices can have on our lives, then we can literally design how we want to live our lives.
As a chiropractor, my role is not only to diagnose disease, or really to even focus on it, but to create health. By definition, sickness/disease is a lack of health, just like darkness is a lack of light. Sickness therefore does not exist as an independent entity; just like darkness doesn’t exist. If we want to become healthier, could we look for the sickness and remove it? Of course not; you cannot remove something that doesn’t exist. To become healthier, we have to increase the amount of health/improve the way our body works. In order for our body to function in balance and produce health, it must have all ingredients met and be free of toxicity. In other words, it is impossible to be 100% healthy if you only supply your body with SOME of the needed requirements, or by removing SOME of the toxins.
For me, true health represents finding a reasonable balance between my body and the environment. True health is measured by how I feel physically, think mentally, and respond emotionally.
True health is actually a simple concept. Just treat your body with respect, give it all the right ingredients, stay away from harmful stressors, and it will pay you back, HUGELY!
For more information please refer to upcoming podcast episodes and articles.
Use lifestyle as your medicine!
“Your lifestyle choices today can change the world tomorrow, so why not change it for better?!”
Dr Stefan Gospodinov DC (MChiro)