Maintaining a Healthy Body

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Maintaining a Healthy Body

There are many theories and definitions to what a Healthy Body is. Health can be defined in terms of the absence of disease, which can be described as a negative approach to health (1). However another definition is that health are a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease (2). Each individual body is different therefore it can be difficult to perceive if they are healthy. By looking at a person you can see if they are in good physical health, that is, you can see if they are overweight (obese), or if they are extremely underweight (anorexia). However a healthy body is so much more than how a person looks physically and what they eat or how much exercise they do, although they do play a very important factor. Although we don’t have the power to change some risk factors concerning our health, such as family history, sex or age – there are some steps we can take to help reduce the risks (3). By smoking you can increase the risk of over 50 serious health conditions (4). Not only is smoking the most significant risk factor for heart disease (3), it also causes around 90% of lung cancers and also cancer in other parts of the body (4). Regular Exercise, scientific research shows that by doing regular exercise this not only will this help a person be healthier physically it will also help mentally and increase our energy levels. Exercise can also help you to sleep better and decrease the risk of stress and anxiety and can also help boost self-confidence (5). Regular check-ups, Preventative checkups are important to maintain our body’s vital organs, such as the heart. By detecting early problems this can help in the curing process and in getting the correct treatment or lifestyle changes that may be needed (6). A Healthy Diet, Eating the correct foods is not only good to help maintain a healthy weight it can help to reduce the risk of developing mains other illness including coronary heart disease (7). Healthy eating also helps reduce the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. A low cholesterol level can also be maintained through a good diet and this can also help to reduce the risk of some cancers (7). However although the above steps are all recommended by doctors and health officials there is also reports to show that some may actually cause more health problems in the long run. According to a report in the daily mail, the worry of preventative check- ups may cause unnecessary anxiety, a health issue in itself. It is said that some of the blame lays with Health Promotion, in the last 10 years the number of fit and healthy 25 year old men demanding full health check has soared – but they don’t need it. Dr Vivienne Nathanson says that although it is important to take an interest in our health very rarely these tests pick up anything significant. MRI and CT scans are great if we have some can of symptom and have an idea there is something wrong with you, but they can at times also pick up abnormalities which are classed as unimportant and pose no danger to our health. People then tend to worry them about their health in the future and may undertake further test which leave them venerable to stress, financial worries (8). We have always been told that chocolate is bad for your health as it is full of sugar and fat, but now according to research a piece of dark chocolate a day may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease (9). We are now also hearing that a glass or two of red wine a day may also help to reduce not only the risk of heart attack but also good for our lungs, brain, kidneys and more. Red wine contains anti-oxidants, this helps keep your arteries clear from plaque and therefore reduces the risk of heart disease (10). The worlds...
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