Health refers to the condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by appropriate diet, exercise, and practices. Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do. Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes
Health of the body occurs when all the body processes, physical and mental are performing as the highest levels. What does it take to accomplish total body health? It requires more than simply taking a trip to the gym, getting on the treadmill, or taking a walk around the neighborhood.
There are a lot of factors that come into play when we think about our body’s health. The daily consumption of food, vitamins, and water are absolute necessities, and most often the items thought about. But what about the training of our body to deal with the aspects of life each day?
Does our physical exercise have anything to do with the health of our body? Sure it does. The body includes all of our physical processes, our mind, and our physical being as a whole. When we give thought to the health of the body, most often we contemplate our physical condition as it applies to our cardiovascular needs and our weight. But our bodies are much more than heart and a nice figure. What about all of our other organs? Are they well? How do we maintain a health of the entirety? Daily physical exercise that benefits the body as a whole, taking time to rest and restore what has been depleted from our body over the course of the day, and making sure that we adequately supply our entire body with the nutrition necessary for healthy function.
If we use our resources wisely and educate our selves about the things our body needs to maintain health, over the course of our life, it isn’t a difficult thing to attain. But you cannot abuse your body for years, and then hope for immediate results in trying to attain an overall health. It didn’t become unwell overnight, and it won’t become well again that quickly.
Appropriate attention to the physical needs of each part of your body results in the health of the whole. Every part of your physical body exists to work in unison with another part of the body. Two hands are necessary for optimal functioning of the limbs, two feet, two eyes, etc. The physical body is designed to work better than any machine invented to date. It is more complex and powerful than any piece of equipment we have on the market. It takes more abuse than believable, and continues to operate, even without the daily requirements being met, for several days. It is a fascinating machine, as machines go. But it is an even more fascinating temple, when we choose to care for our bodies as the temples they really are. They house our mind and soul, and when the body is well, it does a tremendous job of providing for our needs.
I trust this has been helpful!
Tony Guthrie, PhD.