Let's talk Healh

WHO's constitution defines Health as... "A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Sounds really simple, right? If we adhere to this definition, then are there really any truly healthy people on this planet. We all strive to achieve better health in some ways. Physical health, mental health, emotional health, social health, financial health (there is an interesting concept). Let's start with Physical health. each one of us is born into this world with a complete program (that's DNA) whose only function is to ensure that we are compelled to seek out and provide everything that it needs to run smoothly. Early on, it is our parents' or care takers' responsibility to nurture and educate us in the subject of self care. Later, the responsibility becomes ours. That's when it becomes trickier. How to stay healthy in this world filled with so much conflicting information and ever faster changes. Remember, margarine was supposed to be good for you at some point, and heroin was sold freely by pharmacies. I'm not here to harp on the shortcomings of our social structure, but, as promised, I'll try to leave you each time with something of value, that you can apply to improve your life in a healthy way. Some of this you may know already, and some may come as news. The first rule of health is to make sure that you drink enough clean plain water. Each one of some 17 trillion cells in our bodies is mostly water. Only a 2% deficit in the required water content can have interesting effects on our bodies, like headaches, muscle cramps, fatigue, mental fog, to name a few. So make sure that you stay well hydrated. For an average person it takes about 1.5 to 2 liters per day to stay in good health. If you sweat a lot, such as on a very hot day or during sports, it should be more. Also, water is water. Other liquids may not be as effective, and some may actually be harmful, such as sodas of all sorts. If you're not careful, the soda industry may convince you that they provide a source of elemental phosphorus! I, personally prefer anchovies. Back to water. Try not to drink it with your protein meals, as it would dilute your stomach acids and will hamper the digestive process. It amazes me that the first thing they stick in front of you in a restaurant is a glass full of ice water! Ok, so, drink water, and make sure you keep your spine well adjusted. Till the next time....

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