Have you ever wondered what it means to be truly healthy? Is it the absence of disease that defines true health or is it living a vibrant gratifying life in spite of having a health condition? On almost a daily basis, we are bombarded with health information from all sources, some more legitimate than others. There are varying opinions in the health industry as to what constitutes a healthy body and most times it’s motivated by what can be sold to you, the consumer, in the form of products or services.
I believe that your personal true health is what you want it to be. There are limitations of course. If your expectations are to have a perfect body and never to fall sick then you might need the help of alien technology. However, if you want to optimize your health and strengthen your body and mind, then you are on the right track. As I have discussed in my book, health falls on a continuum. It is an ever evolving and dynamic process within you, which means it keeps changing to suite your needs. It is influenced to a certain extent by your inherited genes but it is more greatly influenced by your diet and lifestyle.
We as a society have delegated the responsibility of our health to the health professionals. But is that a right move or should we be taking more accountability for our own health? These highly trained individuals are there when we need their help in case of emergency situations. However, if we truly want to achieve optimum wellness, we need to take our health into our own hands. True health starts with learning what constitutes healthy living. Most of us intuitively know what that entails. We are natural beings, as in we literally came from nature. All the ingredients that made us at one point were part of Mother Nature. It only makes sense that if we align ourselves as best we can with our natural world then our health will balance itself and reach a point of equilibrium. This will manifest itself as return of your health to where it should be and many more days where you will feel amazing both physically and emotionally. Your body will start healing and rid itself of ailments. All this will happen without any effort on your part. All you have to do is provide the right ingredients for health and get out of the way and let your body do its thing.
Our bodies are designed to self-heal. The last time you had a cut or a bruise were you worried that it would not heal? I bet, it never even occurred to you that your body would not heal itself. The same expectation should be applied to any health concern we have. The bigger the concern the longer it may take for your body to heal but it will undoubtedly take care of itself. However, if the things which are affecting your health, what we call obstacles to health are not removed then your body is fighting an uphill battle which it may not win. Most times these obstacles to health are our unhealthy behaviours, such as smoking, drinking excessively, eating highly processed foods regularly, being overly sedentary, living in a toxic environment (physically and/or emotionally), not sleeping well or enough and being highly stressed. By removing these obstacles and adopting a healthier lifestyle you will give your body a chance to repair itself and restore homeostasis. This may seem easy to do but is harder than it sounds in our modern world and the techniques I teach in my book, “Rules of health” will help you get there much faster, in a safer way and with less effort.
Why have we become obsessed with health as a society? There is a rise in chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, depression and heart disease. This plus the lack of permanent solutions to such conditions has made the average person anxious for their own health and well-being. To overcome this challenge, you may get on the internet and start searching for answers and quick remedies and undoubtedly will find something. However, because you may not have the training in human physiology and how the body works or how to decide if what you are reading is accurate or trustworthy you may get lost in a sea of misinformation and more confusion. If this describes your behaviour, I would recommend not to randomly search for solutions but to be methodical about it. Educate yourself first and foremost on how to do proper research and learn how the human body functions. Learning how to filter this information correctly is the critical next step and finally knowing how to apply what you learnt to real life situations and assessing the outcome is the final step. If this is something many are interested in I could write more about it in future blogs. Let me know.
So what is true health for you? Have you decided? Assess where you are now and where you want to be. Educate yourself on ways of achieving a healthy diet and lifestyle that are sustainable. Allow sufficient time to reach your health goals and be patient with yourself while you implement your newly learnt health strategies in achieving these goals. You will have good and bad days and that is just part of life. Don’t give up. Health is truly a journey and not a destination. On this journey you will discover things about yourself which may surprise you. Appreciate the uniqueness which is you and celebrate the life you have been given. True health can be achieved and it’s yours for the taking.
I hope this article was of some value to you.
In Good Health
Dr. Behzad Azargoshasb, ND