A Wholesome Approach to Health
In the modern world, with a hectic schedule and a busy lifestyle, there are times we feel tense and stressed. As we race to meet. The demands of our complicated lives, sometimes we neglect the basic essentials of good health.
More than 95 per cent of the Indian population has an unhealthy lifestyle. Maybe, five per cent are healthy in all aspects of life. It is ironic, that people take their health for granted, when good health is what accounts for efficiency and happiness in life.
Wholesome, in terms of health would mean looking at all the aspects of one’s life—mental, physical, and social etc. There are about eight essentials of good health. First among them is having a positive mental attitude. Secondly, good physical exercise is required for good health. ‘What you don’t use, you lose’. Walking, swimming, etc., are all good exercises, as they use all major muscle groups. We should start slowly, and build gradually. We are what we eat. A balanced and nutritious diet is a prerequisite for good health. We should eat fresh vegetables and fruits. One should cook on low heat, as excess heat destroys the vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Proper rest is required for good health and healing.
Seventy per cent of our body is made up of water. About eight glasses of water per day is essential for our nervous system as it helps to detoxify and eliminate waste.
Excess sunlight is harmful, but we all need a little sunshine. Sunshine stimulates the photo receptor of the eyes and helps prevent depression. It helps make Vitamin D and promotes respiration which cleans the pores. Fresh air is essential for our nervous system. A sound nervous system is necessary for sound health. Studies show, that resistance is controlled by automatic nervous system, the same system that controls the heart, lungs, digestion and reproduction.
Last, but not least, it is rightfully said ‘Health is Wealth’. So, we should take all care to keep our wealth in good condition, as prevention, is better than cure.