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How to Maintain Your Good Health

Taking Control of your Health

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First published: 11.Oct.2018

Overview: Managing Your Health

Health is the overall state of mental and physical wellbeing, a constantly changing balance between ourselves and the environment which can be preserved and enhanced through simple "healthy" habits.

Keeping physically active, mentally engaged, socially, and emotionally connected, sleeping well, and eating a balanced diet are some ways towards better health.

You can do this at any age. It is never too late to work on your health, so you can start now.

This page looks into what health is and what you can do to maintain it or improve it. It also links to our health-related resources on our website so that you can learn more about conditions, healthy habits, health news, vitamins and supplements, and more up to date valid science-backed information.

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A healthy life. Source

What is Health?

The typical dictionary's definition of health is:

The condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit
especially: freedom from physical disease or pain Merriam Webster

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as: "State of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

So health is not only being free of disease but being in an overall state of wellbeing.

Health is dynamic it changes as the body adapts and adjusts to the internal and external environmental changes.

Types of Health

The WHO definition mentions three kinds of health: physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

Physical health

This is pretty straightforward: our body works in harmony, efficiently, free of pain, and distress.

There are many factors involved in maintaining good health; genetics is one, but a balanced diet with adequate intake of nutrients, regular exercise, and proper rest are the key elements (safe sex, healthy lifestyles - avoiding alcohol, drugs and not smoking are other factors that promote great physical health).

External aspects interplay with these factors and may alter the physical health balance: virus, germs, accidents and injuries, fungal infections can create tensions on our physical health.

This is when we may require treatment to maintain this balance.

So access to decent medical care is also important in maintaining good health.

Mental health

Our psychological well-being is paramount in our internal balance, our social interactions, and our emotional balance. Mental health is as important as physical health.

One usually associates mental health with conditions such as mental disorders, depression, anxiety, or emotional distress. But mental health isn't the absence of mental disorders, to the contrary, it is the presence of positive elements such as those listed below all of which contribute to good mental health:

  • The ability to adapt to changes and deal with stress.
  • Feeling safe, centered, and secure.
  • Confidence, self-esteem.
  • Build and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Resilience: bounce back and recover from life's adversity.
  • The capacity to live, laugh, enjoy, and have fun.
  • Good balance between work and play.
  • Having a purpose in life, emotional ties, and fulfilling activities.

Mental and physical health are intimately linked, one can affect the other. A Holistic (considering the "whole" instead of the "parts" separately) approach to health must consider both aspects, the body, and the mind.

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Feeling healthy

Preserving Good Health

To live a long and active life with a feeling of wellbeing and bringing out the best of ourselves, we need to preserve our health.

Our website covers the key elements that contribute to a healthy life:

  • Actively embrace and live a healthy lifestyle (exercise, diet, healthy habits, weight loss).
  • Work towards enhancing your wellness (social, mental, intellectual, physical, spiritual)
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Perfect balance

Tips for maintaining optimal health

We can't avoid disease completely, but we can be proactive, and start right now building healthy habits:

  • Eat a healthy diet with balanced nutrients and adequate energy for our body weight.
  • Maintain healthy body weight and body fat levels.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Screen for diseases, visit your physician or health care professional periodically for regular checkups.
  • Build healthy habits (don't smoke or use drugs; drink alcohol in moderation and practice safe sex).
  • Enhance wellbeing through social, communal, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Adopt and work on the positive mental health factors (love, resilience, confidence, and ability to change and adapt).

Read more; our website has plenty of resources and information website. Below we mention some of them, related to health.

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All set, getting ready to exercise

Learn more about Health

Each of the following sections has links to many resources covering subjects such as vitamins, health conditions, staying healthy, and the latest health news:

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Vitamins & Supplements

Vitamins are essential to health, they keep us alive and free from deficiency diseases. But, do we need supplements? What are the recommended intakes? And natural sources?


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Keep Healthy

Tips and advice on staying healthy: information on lifestyle changes, health benefits, and risks. Learn about keeping healthy and living a better life.


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Health News

Here is the latest news on health, exercise, diet, nutrition, fitness, diet, wellbeing, and healthy living. Scientific papers, reports, and articles for a healthier and better life.


About this Article

Preserve and Maintain Your Good Health, A. Whittall

©2023, 03 Sept. 2023. Update scheduled for 03 Sept. 2025.

Tags: health.

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