what is health

What Is Health?

According to a 2000 report by the World Health Organization, the US is ranked #37 among all the other countries in the world’s health care system. That’s pretty low when you consider that we are one of the most industrially advanced nations in the world and there’s a hospital or doctor’s office on just about every corner of every major metropolitan city in America.

Turn on the TV and you’ll see commercials advertising the latest pharmaceutical drug for [insert health condition here]. As you watch images of happy elderly people smiling peacefully while running through a meadow, you’ll hear a voice in the background reciting a seemingly unending list of side effects:

“[Name of drug] may cause dizziness, fainting, heart attacks, stroke, vomiting, diarrhea, asthma, dry skin, stomach bloating, depression, suicide and in rare cases, even death. Consult your doctor before beginning [name of drug].”

Hmm… something doesn’t seem right here. With a list like that, you’re likely to need more drugs, one for each of those side effects, each of which comes with its own separate list of side effects, for which you’ll need more drugs, and the cycle continues. Before you know it, your medicine cabinet is full of orange bottles and you’re taking 25 pills a day just to not feel miserable. If you’re reading this, ask yourself two questions:

  1. Does the above sound familiar?
  2. Are you healthy?

If your’e taking 25 medications every day, then chances are, you’re not healthy. You’re in very poor health. This begs the question: what is health?

Because it certainly can’t be defined as “taking 25 prescription meds every single day.” If you were healthy, you wouldn’t need to take so many pills.

A wise holistic doctor once defined health in this way:

“Health is your body’s ability to heal itself.”

According to that definition, whether or not you are healthy can be established by answering the question: “is my body able to heal itself effectively?”

Notice how the very word itself has the word heal in it? HEALth

Pretty cool, huh?

If you’re taking prescription medications just to feel better and mask the symptoms of whatever conditions you’re facing, then you’re probably not healthy. What that means is, your body is not physically able to heal itself. In order to get your body’s systems in optimal functioning condition, you need to make some changes that will allow you to effectively heal.

Our bodies were designed to heal themselves. There is no denying that. Healing is what our immune systems were created to do. If we didn’t have immune systems, then this would be arguable, but we do, so it’s not. Just look at what happens when you cut yourself. White blood cells rush to the area, your blood clots, and your skin produces a scab that eventually falls off once the skin is regenerated in that area. This is a picture of your body healing itself, and is therefore proof that your body can, in fact, heal on its own!

When we take prescription drugs, we do nothing but mask symptoms. By covering up symptoms, we hide the problem and are unable to sense that something is wrong. This leads to poor choices that further affect our health in a negative way, which leads to more drugs to cover up more symptoms and the cycle continues. What can we do instead of taking prescriptions to get our health and lives back?

It’s simple. Practice healthy habits: eat clean foods, exercise daily, minimize stress through regular meditation, drink plenty of water, and minimize your body’s exposure to toxins. Implementing all of these things into your lifestyle will get you back on track to better health. You’ll notice a difference in how you feel, and eventually you’ll be able to discard all those orange bottles in your medicine cabinet. Now that would be nice, wouldn’t it?

Soon, I’ll go into more detail on exactly what it means to practice healthy habits, but for now, we’ve established a foundation by defining exactly what health is. Stay tuned for more in another future post!