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Health is more than just the absence of illness. It is a positive feeling of
vitality, energy, optimism and an overall sense of well-being. True health is being able to say "I feel good" for
no particular reason other than being alive.
More and more people watch what they eat, exercise, learn to manage ongoing
health conditions, strive to improve their lifestyles and look for ways to reduce
stress in their lives.
This personal quest for wellness is one of the most positive trends in health care
today. In a parallel trend, many people are using forms of natural medicine such as nutritional counseling,
chiropractic, acupuncture and others as adjuncts to conventional medical therapies.
When most people think about
health they conjure up images that are related to physical health. Physical health is anything that has to do with
our bodies as a physical entity. It has been the basis for active living campaigns and the many eat right campaigns
that have swept our country. With so much information about physical health it is often difficult to determine what
is current and relevant. This site will attempt to provide you with accurate relevant information to empower you to
enhance your physical health.
Physical fitness comprises two
related concepts: overall fitness (a state of health and well-being) and specific fitness (a task-oriented
definition based on the ability to perform specific aspects of sports or occupations). Physical fitness is
generally achieved through exercise, correct nutrition and enough rest. It is an important part of life for both
men and woman.
People are not just physical
entities; an optimal state of emotional well-being is essential to achieving overall wellness. One in four of us
will experience some sort of mental health issue at some stage in our lives. Mental or Emotional health in this
context includes one's ability to appropriately express your emotions, your ability to learn, and to have
meaningful social interactions and connections. Most of us manage our physical health far better than our emotional health, leaving issues and
problems to cause real harm.
Phobias: what to do if you're struggling with a phobia
Understanding stress: spot when stress is becoming unmanageable
Depression in adults and in young people.
Nutrition and Diet
A good diet is central to overall good health, but do you know the
best foods to include in your meals, and those best avoided? We look at the facts, to help you make
realistic, informed choices. Your body's nutritional needs change throughout your life. Most of us know that
diet plays a role in our general health, but over the years it has also been shown that specific foods can
enhance our chances of avoiding certain diseases, and help us cope better with some
Diets to promote weight loss are generally divided into four categories: low-fat,
low-carbohydrate, low-calorie, and very low calorie. A meta-analysis of six randomized controlled trials
found no difference between the main diet types (low calorie, low carbohydrate, and low fat), with a 2-4
kilogram weight loss in all studies.
Generaly in the developed world Obesity is such a problem many peopleask, "Why would anyone want to gain
However there are a number of reasons why someone might wish to
gain weight. Some people are naturally thin and would like to be larger. Physical illnesses can result in excessive
weight loss. Eating disorders can result in massive weight loss and can, in fact, result in death from the lack of
nutrition. Many elderly people have trouble preparing foods and are prone to excess weight loss as well.
Whatever the reason for wanting to gain weight, you need to do so
in a healthy fashion ensuring you are getting the much needed calories and give you all of the nutrients that your
body may have been missing for a while.