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  1. 1. ==== ====For great Natural way to treat Type 2 DIABETES, Check this ====What is Health?How do you define health? Is it a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being? Is itmerely the absence of disease or infirmity? Or is health a resource for everyday life, rather thanthe objective of living; a positive concept, emphasising social and personal resources as well asphysical capabilities?Good health is harder to define than bad health (which can be equated with the presence ofdisease), because it must convey a concept more positive than mere absence of disease, andthere is a variable area between health and disease. Health is clearly a complex, multidimensionalconcept. Health is, ultimately, poorly defined and difficult to measure, despite impressive efforts byepidemiologists, vital statisticians, social scientists and political economists. Each individualshealth is shaped by many factors, including medical care, social circumstances, and behaviouralchoices.Health CareWhile it is true to say that health care is the prevention, treatment and management of illness, andthe preservation of mental and physical well-being, through the services offered by the medical,nursing and allied health professions, health-related behaviour is influenced by our own values,which are determined by upbringing, by example, by experience, by the company one keeps, bythe persuasive power of advertising (often a force of behaviour that can harm health), and byeffective health education. Healthy individuals are able to mobilise all their physical, mental, andspiritual resources to improve their chances of survival, to live happy and fulfilling lives, and to beof benefit to their dependants and society.Achieving health, and remaining healthy, is an active process. Natural health is based onprevention, and on keeping our bodies and minds in good shape. Health lies in balancing theseaspects within the body through a regimen consisting of diet, exercise, and regulation of theemotions. The last of these is too often ignored when health advice is dispensed, but can have apronounced effect on physical well-being.DietEvery day, or so it seems, new research shows that some aspect of lifestyle - physical activity,diet, alcohol consumption, and so on - affects health and longevity. Physical fitness is good bodilyhealth, and is the result of regular exercise, proper diet and nutrition, and proper rest for physicalrecovery. The field of nutrition also studies foods and dietary supplements that improveperformance, promote health, and cure or prevent disease, such as fibrous foods to reduce the
  2. 2. risk of colon cancer, or supplements with vitamin C to strengthen teeth and gums and to improvethe immune system. When exercising, it becomes even more important to have a good diet toensure that the body has the correct ratio of macronutrients whilst providing ample micronutrients;this is to aid the body in the recovery process following strenuous exercise.If youre trying to lose weight by "dieting", dont call it a diet, first of all - successful dieters dont callwhat they do a "diet". A healthy diet and regular physical activity are both important for maintaininga healthy weight. Even literate, well-educated people sometimes have misguided views aboutwhat makes or keeps them healthy, often believing that regular daily exercise, regular bowelmovements, or a specific dietary regime will alone suffice to preserve their good health. Despitethe ever-changing, ever-conflicting opinions of the medical experts as to what is good for us, oneaspect of what we eat and drink has remained constantly agreed by all: a balanced diet.A balanced diet comprises a mixture of the main varieties of nutriments (protein, carbohydrates,fats, minerals, and vitamins). Proper nutrition is just as, if not more, important to health asexercise. If youre concerned about being overweight, you dont need to add the extra stress of"dieting". No "low-fat this" or "low-carb that"; just healthful eating of smaller portions, with weightloss being a satisfying side effect. Improve health by eating real food in moderation. (For manyreasons, not everyone has easy access to or incentives to eat a balanced diet. Nevertheless,those who eat a well-balanced diet are healthier than those who do not.)ExercisePhysical exercise is considered important for maintaining physical fitness and overall health(including healthy weight), building and maintaining healthy bones, muscles and joints, promotingphysiological well-being, reducing surgical risks, and strengthening the immune system. Aerobicexercises, such as walking, running and swimming, focus on increasing cardiovascular enduranceand muscle density. Anaerobic exercises, such as weight training or sprinting, increase musclemass and strength. Proper rest and recovery are also as important to health as exercise,otherwise the body exists in a permanently injured state and will not improve or adapt adequatelyto the exercise. The above two factors can be compromised by psychological compulsions (eatingdisorders, such as exercise bulimia, anorexia, and other bulimias), misinformation, a lack oforganisation, or a lack of motivation.Ask your doctor or physical therapist what exercises are best for you. Your doctor and/or physicaltherapist can recommend specific types of exercise, depending on your particular situation. Youcan use exercises to keep strong and limber, improve cardiovascular fitness, extend your jointsrange of motion, and reduce your weight. You should never be too busy to exercise. Theresalways a way to squeeze in a little exercise, no matter where you are. Eliminate one or maybeeven two items from your busy schedule to free up time to fit in some exercise and some "YOU"time. Finding an exercise partner is a common workout strategy.EmotionsYou may have heard about the benefits of diet and exercise ad nauseam, but may be unaware ofthe effect that your emotions can have on your physical well-being and, indeed, your longevity.Like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life. Mental health is how wethink, feel, and act in order to face lifes situations. Prolonged psychological stress may have a
  3. 3. negative impact on health, such as weakening the immune system.Children are particularly vulnerable. Caring for and protecting a childs mental health is a majorpart of helping that child to grow into a normal adult, accepted into society. Mental health problemsare not just a passing phase. Children are at greater risk for developing mental health problemswhen certain factors occur in their lives or environments. Mental health problems includedepression, bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder,anxiety disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia and conduct disorder. Do your best to provide asafe and loving home and community for your child, as well as nutritious meals, regular healthcheck-ups, immunisations and exercise. Many children experience mental health problems thatare real and painful, and they can be severe. Mental health problems affect at least one in everyfive young people at any given time. Tragically, an estimated two-thirds of all young people withmental health problems are not getting the help they need. Mental health problems can lead toschool failure, alcohol or other drug abuse, family discord, violence, or even suicide. A variety ofsigns may point to a possible mental health problem in a child or teenager. Talk to your doctor, aschool counsellor, or other mental health professionals who are trained to assess whether yourchild has a mental health problem.Control your emotions. If a driver overtakes you on the wrong side, or pulls out of a side road infront of you, dont seethe with rage and honk your horn; Youre hurting no one but yourself byraising your blood pressure. Anger has been linked to heart disease, and research has suggestedthat hardening of the arteries occurs faster in people who score highly in hostility and anger tests.Stay calm in such situations, and feel proud of yourself for doing so. Take comfort in theknowledge that such aggressive drivers only increase their own blood pressure. Your passengerswill be more impressed with your "cool" than with your irascibility.If you are in a constant rush, feeling that every second of your life counts, just slow down a little.Yes, every second does count, but consider the concept of quality of life. Compare how you feelwhen youre in a hurry with how you feel when youre not. Which feels better? Rushing everywhereincreases your stress level. The body tries to overcome stress by making certain physiologicaladjustments. Some time after you slow down, the physiological adjustments and the stresssymptoms revert to normal. If you dont ever slow down, the physiological adjustments and thestress symptoms persist. It is this persistence of the bodys response that matters. You maydevelop physical, physiological or psychological problems, and may not be able to lead a normallife. Many cases of stress are somehow connected with money, or rather the lack of it. Suchpeople struggle to make ends meet or to acquire more material possessions. This brings us to ourfinal discussion: attitude.AttitudeIt is always pleasant to enjoy the fruits of our labours, of course. Sometimes, however, it seemsthat whatever we do, its just not enough to be able to afford that new car or that foreign holiday.So, what do we usually do then? We work harder, longer; we increase the stress on our minds andbodies; we spend less time with our families and friends; we become more irascible and lesslikeable people. If you find yourself in this situation, just stop for a moment, and consider: Is it allworth it? What is the purpose of life? Surely it is to be happy. Youll probably be happier if youadopt the philosophy that true quality of life is not to be found in material things. If you convinceyourself that you want less, youll need less. If you need less, youll cope with life more easily, and
  4. 4. the happier, and therefore healthier, youll be. Buddha called this "enlightenment". Enjoy a "good-health attitude". Focus on your abilities instead of disabilities. Be satisfied with what you have,rather than be dissatisfied about what you dont have and probably never will have.If you simply cannot cope with a healthy diet, exercise and emotional control, but genuinely preferto eat junk food, be permanently drunk, be under constant stress, and be disliked by others, thenenjoy your life while it lasts, but understand that the trade-off is that it will probably not last long. Ifyou accept this willingly, youll be happy. There is some merit in the philosophy that it is better tolive a short, happy life than a long, miserable one.ConclusionPersonal or individual health is largely subjective. For most individuals and for many cultures,however, health is a philosophical and subjective concept, associated with contentment, and oftentaken for granted when all is going well. The evidence that behavioural factors such as diet,physical activity, smoking and stress influence health is overwhelming. Thus, health is maintainedand improved not only through the advancement and application of health science, but alsothrough the efforts and intelligent lifestyle choices of the individual and society. Perhaps the bestthing you can do for your health is to keep a positive attitude. Optimal health can be defined as abalance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual health. Maintain a positive attitude!Links to this article on the WorldWideNewsArticles web site are permitted by copying and pastingthis code: publisheshourly updated news items and daily articles on the most popular topics. All rights reserved.Article Source: ====For great Natural way to treat Type 2 DIABETES, Check this ====