Good health is a state of well being or wellness of the body. It is a condition where there is total absence of disease and illness thereby we enjoy a maximum health standard that leads to long life and prosperity. In the whole world today, many people died because of poor health and other related diseases and sickness that sniffed life out of them untimely.
Therefore let us now look at the secrets of of good health and how to secure it to our own advantages which will make us live longer and enjoy life to the fullest.
1. EATING A BALANCED DIET-A food is anything that we eat that gives us energy and make us to grow healthy. Energy is defined as ability to do work. and for us to get energy and strength to do work, we must eat a balanced diet or food.
A balanced diet is a food that contains all the six classes of food in their rightful proportion and quantities. The six classes of foods are protein, fats and oil, vitamins, mineral salts, carbohydrates, and water. when we take or eat all these six classes of food in their right proportion and quantities we can rest assured that we shall maintain a good and sound health.
2. DOING EXERCISES-We can maintain a good and sound health by doing a regular exercises, exercises helps to move our bodies and help to burn up fats and makes us stay healthy, examples of exercise are jumping, skipping, running, sports but to mention a few.
Exercises helps to remove waste products from the body that will make us sick such as sweats etc.
3. GOOD REST AND SLEEP-When we have a good and sound sleep and rest very well after a hard days job or works, we get tired, we can maintain a good health by having our rest and sleep as at when due. it is important to have at least one hour rest or sleep so that we can gain back all the energy lost during days job and refresh our memories.
When we relax and have our rest we can gain more strength and tension will be reduced. Therefore good rest and sleep resulted in good health.
4. GOOD AND IMPROVED HYGIENE AND SANITATION-A personal hygiene and good sanitation habits helps to remove sickness and diseases that can cause death.
Personal hygiene includes regular washing and bathing, general cleanliness while good sanitation habits involves clearing the house, gutters, removal of solid and liquid waste products such as sewage and the refuse that harbors disease vectors. such as flies and mosquitoes.
5. SENSITIVITY TO HEALTH HAZARDS-Health hazards are those things that can endanger our health and causes diseases and sickness, we should be very sensitive about it and avoid them such as mosquitoes, flies, unsafe acts and unsafe conditions that than cause diseases and sickness.
6. SOCIAL INTERACTION-If you want to stay healthy and enjoy good health and life, you must learn to interact and move with people and play with them too so that you can feel belong to the society and this will make you fell happy always because of the social interaction you gained from the public and this will lead to good and sound health always.
7. SMILES AND LAUGHTER-Laughter they said is the best medicine, if you want to stay healthy always learn to smile with people because it helps to cure and relieved tension as described by experts. laughter helps to relieved tension and stress and high blood pressure, please don, t squeeze your face always because it will make you look older than your age.
8. BEHAVIORAL CHANGE/ORIENTATIONS-Let us change our behaviors towards good health and particularly our orientations that we must maintained and improved on our health qualities instead of reducing our health standard.
In the meantime, since health is wealth, let us look at the above suggestions very well and improve on them so that we can have a good and sound health and live a longer life.
Compared with the way things used to be, we have it so very soft today. It’s easy to take our modern conveniences for granted. We can fill our days with leisure, bustle around in comfy autos, work only 40 of the 168 hours in a week, chat with therapists, read philosophy, shop for unnecessary stuff to clog our closets and garages, climate control our dwellings and complain about the softness of our mattresses.
In the year 1000, even when agriculture had been around for some 10,000 years, life was entirely different. In Anglo-Saxon society, a precursor to the modern West, the possibility of famine was ever-present and memories of the last one made dread and fear a part of everyday life. Looming natural disasters were constant specters.
Domiciles were not the neat and clean hygienic environs we experience today. They did not smell of disinfectant or exhaust from engines wafting in the windows, but the exhaust from every manner of farm creature and humans always hung in the air. Manure was everywhere with each one having its characteristic bouquet of fragrance. The human nose in the year 1000 could certainly not be so prissy as ours today.
Latrines were located at or near the back door and moss was toilet paper. Flies filled the dank and earthen floor homes where there were few if any hard surfaced utensils and there was no understanding of disease vectors or antiseptic. If you dropped food on the filthy floor, you picked it up and ate it with relish. Five baths a year for monks was thought to be fanaticism by Saxon standards of personal hygiene.
In time of famine, their law code permitted fathers to sell their sons aged seven or above into slavery. Infanticide was not a crime. Communities of 40 or 50 starving emaciated people would join hands at the edge of a cliff and jump. Some chronicles report that “men ate each other.” They would comb the forests for beechnuts overlooked by the wild pigs and would grind acorns, beans, peas and tree bark into a flour to bake as bread. Hedgerows were scoured for paltry herbs, roots, nettles and grasses. “What makes bitter things sweet?” asked a Yorkshire schoolmaster. “Hunger.”
A “crazy bread” of ground poppies, hemp and darnel gave our poor starving ancestors some relief with visions of paradise. Molds that laced the rye that was aging contained a variety of mycotoxins (and lysergic acid [LSD], the psychedelic drug of the “60s) that could not only make people appear mad but would severely weaken the immune system, permitting disease to run rampant. (Note that the cause of the great plagues and epidemics was not the disease agent, but the fragile or non-existent immune system of the starving and poisoned host.)
The church would help allay the pain by harnessing hunger to spiritual purposes. Lent made virtue of necessity, coming as it did in the final months of winter when barns and larders were growing empty. Feast and famine were linked to spiritual purification and gave meaning to hardship as well as hope for better times.
July was particularly tough since the spring crops had not matured and the barns were empty from the previous year’s harvest. Starving was common in the balmiest month of the year when so much toil in the fields was necessary.
Every single hour of the August harvest month was filled with urgency, since everyone knew from the pains of July what was in store for them next year if they did not fill their larders now. Work was not a right, a place to lobby for benefits and ease. It was a life and death struggle.
The contrast between then and now is astonishing. They were on the verge of starvation; we are fighting an epidemic of obesity. They might have to subsist for months on potatoes or stale bread; we have a glut of food options at our instant disposal. They had shortened life spans and were highly vulnerable to injury and disease. We live longer but suffer cruel lingering degenerative conditions.
It is clear from a realistic view of times gone by that it was not the advent of modern medicine that brought relief, it was, as I mentioned in a previous article on SARS [http://www.wysong.net/health/hl_919.shtml], it was the plumber bringing public utilities and with that the possibility of hygiene and the trucker distributing food supplies that brought us our present long lives.
For them it was a daily struggle for survival. Necessity and muscle ruled the day. It was the physical stress of enduring cold, harnessing 8 oxen to a plow to break new soil, hand harvesting and making their own way every moment of the day. It was the true helplessness and victimization (unlike modern day contrived social “victims” clamoring for rights and handouts) from floods, droughts, winds and rain that could wipe out their only hope to avoid starvation in the coming year. For us it is a surfeit of choices requiring intellectual decisions – decisions that make the difference between whether we experience full health or its slow insidious ruination by mindlessly partaking of every offering that promises yet more ease and flavor just because it is there.