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World Health Organization (WHO) has defined health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being of a person and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Yet most people focus on improving physical health while neglecting the importance of mental and social health. The real situation is more dismal because the physical health is generally misconstrued as another name for good outwardly physical appearance. A physically fit individual with a good muscular tone and strength suffering from serious physiological diseases such as high blood pressure, high level of blood cholesterol, diabetes, etc. is not a healthy individual.
Physical health can be compared with an iceberg. Although, a very small part of an iceberg is visible above the water surface, a much larger portion of the chunk of ice is beneath the water surface that could pose a threat to ships on the waterway. Similarly, an outward sign of good health is not an assurance of good physical health. Moreover even if physical illness has not been diagnosed in a person, the person could be physically unhealthy as the disease at that point in time may be clinically undetectable. Thus to maintain physical health you should have such a life-style that will prevent the development of the clinically undetectable disease too.
W.H.O. has defined attributes of physically healthy person. It defines that a physically healthy person has normal anatomical and physiological state of various systems such as cardiovascular system, digestive system, endocrine system, respiratory system, etc. It further defines that the person has bodily weight, respiration, blood pressure, etc. within the normal limits corresponding to the person’s age, gender and height. It has also been found that in order to be physically healthy a person must: (1) have positive thinking (2) get regular sound sleep (3) maintain balanced diet daily and (4) do regular physical exercise.
In our previously published article, Take Care of Your Self Holistically, we discussed these very same issues from different perspectives and yet what boils down to is that you must eat well and maintain good health both physically and mentally.
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