The quest for health has been a way of life for many centuries. Ancient societies strove to achieve and maintain good health. The early Chinese medical records document the long standing tradition of healthy living that extended from several thousands of years to today. Health is a state of full physical, emotional and social well being where infirmity and disease are either absent or minimal. A sound and healthy body and mind are the key to a happy and productive life. It should be a priority for everyone, whatever your age.
There are a variety of factors that contribute to your health status. You have personal determinants such as genes you inherit from your parents, lifestyle choices such as smoking and alcohol intake, diet, gender, ethnicity and physical environment. These determinants cannot be changed and can only be affected by other factors such as genetics and lifestyle choices. When any of these three determinants are present in a person, it increases the risk for the development of medical conditions. This is why it is important to maintain a healthy weight and to monitor your weight on a regular basis and to make appropriate changes in your lifestyle choices if you find that your weight is becoming out of control.
Other factors that are related to the state of good health are the physical environment and your social interactions with other people. Your home environment provides for a good psychological environment where you can feel safe and secure and in some cases, this may even lead to physical health conditions if you are living in an emotionally or physically abusive home environment. If you are depressed, you are at greater risk of developing physical conditions and mental illness.
Another important area of public health is preventive care. This is the area of research and studies that focus on the prevention of disease and other diseases. Preventive care improves your health by reducing the risk of the development of both common and serious diseases. It also reduces the cost of treating these diseases when they do occur. There have been many studies that show that preventive care saves the lives of thousands of people every year.
In terms of diet and nutrition, a healthy diet is important for your overall health. But it can also help you reduce the risk of various types of diseases. Many people in developed countries have developed unhealthy eating habits that put them at higher risk of developing a wide range of diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. The evidence surrounding the relationship between poor diet and numerous diseases is still developing. But a healthy diet is one of the habits that we can all practice in order to improve our physical well being and to decrease the risk of developing many other serious diseases.
Mental health is related to both physical and mental health. Healthy people are happy people and healthy people are more likely to live longer than those who are less healthy. In the United States, a poor diet and lack of physical activity are associated with a higher percentage of mortality compared to a person who has a good diet and is active. In conclusion, a good physical and mental health can go hand in hand to provide you with a long life and a productive quality of life.