Health is important

Everyone knows that health is essential; it's downright impossible to live a healthy life without taking care of yourself. But what does that mean? There's no one definition, which can be frustrating when you're trying to form your own opinion about living a healthy lifestyle. Some people believe that you must eat organic food and drink green juices every day to maintain good health, while others think being overweight is just fine so long as you don't overeat. While neither point of view can be entirely dismissed, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

Health is about balance: the conditions that affect your body are called life conditions, and they are made up of many factors. These include things like your genes, your weight, physical activity (including the number of calories you burn), the amount of fresh air you take in, the contaminants in your food and water, your exposure to pesticides and other chemicals, and how much sleep you get. Also included are things like stress levels, diet quality (specifically including the types of foods you eat), alcohol consumption, dental hygiene habits (or lack thereof), safety on roadways (and other modes of transportation), sunshine exposure and even income.

Many of these factors are interrelated in complex ways. It can be easily seen that health is not simply about eating enough calories but also about the foods you eat, the air you breathe, and how much stress you are under. People who ignore these factors commonly have a hard time losing weight or maintaining it, which leads to a higher risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. To maintain good health then, it's essential to consider all of these factors every day.

The leading cause of body imbalance is toxic overload: the build-up of excessive toxins in your system due to taking in more than what your body can flush out through natural processes. This happens through consuming toxins in foods and taking in toxins when you breathe, drink, and bathe. The easiest way to avoid a toxic overload is to make changes in your diet and lifestyle that lower the amount of toxins in your system to below the point of critical mass.

There are several ways to do this. For example, suppose you have a family history of heart disease or cancer. In that case, you may want to focus more on going organic with your food choices and consuming less salt and unhealthy fats (saturated animal fats). If you drink alcohol, you may want to cut back or eliminate it. If your weight has been challenging to keep off for a long time, you may need to give up eating large portions and eating poorly prepared food. If you exercise often and are overweight or obese, improving those habits will likely help.

The right kind of exercise is an essential part of maintaining good health. Regular physical activity – such as walking, riding a bike, engaging in sports – is the most important thing to add to lower your risk of getting the disease. If weight loss isn't important to you, you must work out regularly to keep overall health at a healthy level. It's essential to do this even if you don't lose weight (or even if you gain weight). Losing weight is just one of the many benefits of exercise, and having good overall health is much more important than being a certain weight.

Increasing physical activity reduces stress by helping to elevate your mood healthily. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, people who engage in regular physical activity are more likely to have a lower stress level than those who do not exercise – about 30%. Stress causes bacteria in the body to increase, and increased bacterial growth can lead to sickness and disease (including heart disease) and Alzheimer's, cancer, stroke, diabetes and hypertension.

The CDC also notes that regular exercise can help with the following:

You are reducing your risk of stroke and heart disease. This is especially true if you have a family history of heart disease, have high blood pressure, or have been told by a doctor that you are at risk for cardiovascular conditions. Physical activity helps lower blood pressure because it causes your arteries to dilate (thereby decreasing the amount of resistance to blood flow within them). It also increases the muscle mass around your organs, which improves their capacity. Aerobic activity strengthens your heart and increases oxygen consumption, making it more efficient at doing its job.