It is a famous saying, " If Wealth is lost nothing is lost, If Health is lost, something is lost, but if character is lost then every thing is lost". Those are really unfortunate people who give the highest importance to wealth only instead of health or character. Health and character are totally neglected.
This saying is hundred percent correct that " Health is Wealth but Wealth does not only mean money. It means something very useful and precious. People collect wealth but health is more important than wealth.
Let us suppose the example of a man who is very wealthy. He has a plenty of money ---- all the comforts of the world ---- a grand house, fine clothes, best of food, but he has no health. He is ill, suffering from some disease. Will he be happy? He would not be able to enjoy the good things of life he has got because he is not healthy. On the other hand, let us consider a poor man who does not possess all these comforts of life, still he possess a good health, he will certainly, be happy. He is free from all types of pains, sufferings and diseases. That is his great happiness. One is unhappy inspite of his wealth, while the other is happy although he has no wealth. That is why we say that Health is real Wealth.
Wealth is not a bad thing. In fact, it is also necessary for life. However, with wealth, health is absolutely necessary. You cannot sleep a night if your body is in pain. You cannot eat the best of the food if your digestion is bad, you cannot enjoy the sight of beautiful things or notes of music if your eyes and ears are in pain. Even a severe headache could turn all pleasures into pain.
When the body is diseased, even the mind is affected. "Sound mind in sound body" is also an old saying. The mind can remain healthy and active when the body is healthy. A person who is weak sickly cannot do much mental work. Health of the body is therefore, absolutely necessary for mental work. Poor health means poor mind.