"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." World Health Organisation, 1948
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A balanced lifestyle of eating healthily, exercising regularly and thinking positively are all ways to help improve your general wellbeing.
A balanced diet should be varied and contain sufficient carbohydrates for energy, and fat and protein for growth and tissue repair. There should be plenty of fish (particularly oily fish), some poultry, fresh vegetables, fruit, salads, wholegrain cereal, dairy products and at least 6 glasses of water. Water is of the utmost importance as it transports essential nutrients and eliminates toxins from our bodies. For example, if our bodies waste products aren't flushed out of our system properly, the toxins can build up and cause tenderness, swelling and pain in our joints.
There is a fundamental relationship between between the food we eat and the efficiency of our cell function. If we eat well, the cells will keep our bodies at optimal working order. If our diet is poor, our cells will be unable to maintain themselves, the organs and tissues of our bodies become impaired and our health suffers. Hippocrates (c.460-377) was the first to note that ill health was often due to poor eating habits.
We have to be responsible for our own health and wellbeing. An increased awareness of our dietary requirements will ensure our body is functioning at its best.
Just 20 minutes a day of gentle or moderate exercise encourages you to breathe more deeply, improves your stamina and keeps your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons strong. It can also help your mood and relieve tension. Holding the correct posture will help you to breath more efficiently as your diaphragm will expand and contract properly, enabling circulation and the transport of vital oxygen to the cells. Again, enabling your body to function as its best.
How you look at life, your attitude towards yourself and whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist could all affect your health and wellbeing. Researchers are continually exploring the effects of positive thinking and studies have revealed that a ‘glass half-full’ person could have:
*increased life span
*lower rates of depression
*lower levels of distress
*greater resistance to the common cold
*better psychological and physical wellbeing
*better coping skills during times of stress
Jo Marchant in the New Scientist wrote, "What researchers are now realising is that positive beliefs don't just work by quelling stress. They have a positive effect too - feeling safe and secure, or believing things will turn out fine, seems to help the body maintain and repair itself. A recent analysis of various studies concluded that the health benefits of such positive thinking happen independently of the harm caused by negative states such as pessimism or stress, and are roughly comparable in magnitude (Psychosomatic Medicine, vol 70, p 741)."
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