Health, as 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.” This definition has been subject to controversy, as it may have limited value for implementation. Health may be defined as the ability to adapt and manage physical, mental and social challenges throughout life.
Why is Good Health Important?
Cells are the fundamental units of all living organisms. They are made up of a variety of chemical substances. Cells move from place to place. Even if the cell is not moving, a lot of repairing still goes on within it. Besides this, there are various specialized activities in our body, like the heart pumps blood, the kidney filters the urine, the brain is constantly thinking, the lungs help in breathing. This way, there is a lot of interconnectedness between the various organs in our body. For all these activities, our body needs energy and raw material. Food is necessary for cell and tissue functioning. Therefore, if you are not well, all your bodily activities start getting hampered.
For a healthy life cycle, a person needs to have a balanced diet and has to regularly exercise. One must also live in a proper shelter, take enough sleep and have good hygiene habits. So, how do we ensure that we are doing all the right things to have a good health? Let’s spread the awareness for the importance of health:
Take steps for better health
The World Health Organization provides the advice and evidence needed for people to lead healthy lives. Good health requires the commitment of many, from lawmakers to lunch makers. And there are steps each of us can take to promote and protect health. These include being more active, eating healthy, and avoiding tobacco and harmful use of alcohol.
Physical activity. Adults can improve their health by doing at least 150 mins of moderate-intensity, or 75 mins of vigorous-intensity, aerobic physical activity, per week, or an equivalent combination of both.
Healthy diet. A healthy diet is essential for good health and being protected against many chronic illnesses. Eating vegetables and fruit and consuming less salt, sugar and saturated fats are essential for a healthy diet.
General healthy lifestyle. Do not smoke, avoid drinking alcohol, sleep enough hours every day, avoid stress, take care of your body inside and outside… and don’t forget to SMILE everyday… did you know that smiling more often, regardless of your mood, can improve your health and help you live longer?