The words ‘life’ and ‘health’ are often used interchangeably, but what exactly is each’s meaning? When answering this question, it’s important to remember that each has different characteristics and functions. The first definition of health is that health is an absence of illness or impairment. The second definition is that health encompasses a condition that allows the person to properly deal with all life needs (including the lack of illness and impairment).
These two definitions can then be combined to form the first definition of human health: that we are a healthy body at all times. What do we mean by a healthy body? Consider that definition of ‘health’ – it’s a description of the condition of being able to move your bowels and clean out your intestines without any problems. It also involves the ability to think and reason correctly and participate in social relationships. Now consider what makes us tick, and this definition of ‘health’ will become clear.
When it comes to humans, the illness usually describes an absence of one or more of the three major classes of diseases: infection, inflammation, and disease. Most major conditions occur when at least one of these three is present. Infections, for example, are usually caused by bacteria. Inflammation occurs when cells become inflamed. And the disease is the damage or death of cells. The definition of health then becomes ‘the absence of ill-health, since it indicates the absence of illness or disease.
Now that we’ve defined the definition of health, we need to make some further distinctions. Some people think of health as the definition of life, especially in the United States, where they consider their lives healthy if they can breathe easily and walk up the stairs. Others think of health as defining the quality of human existence, with all its varied and important contributions to society. And still, others believe that fitness can be a quality of life – it is something you are or aren’t capable of having.
So how do you know if you have good health? Well, you may want to ask your doctor, but he or she will probably point you in the direction of tests you can take, like cholesterol tests and blood tests. You can’t really know if you have good health unless you have difficulties with everything. If you are over-weight, that’s a sign that you may have health problems, too. But if your weight is under control, that could also be a sign of good health.
What about your emotional health? Are you emotionally healthy? Not just physically fit, but emotionally healthy as well? That’s important, too. Stress, anxiety, and even depression can lead to physical illness. Low well-being, on the other hand, can lead to even more serious conditions.
The bottom line is, you can’t know if you have good health unless you check in with a doctor and get a physical examination. If your doctor detects a medical problem, he or she will likely refer you to an appropriate health care professional such as a cardiologist, an otolaryngologist, a psychiatrist, a pediatrician, a surgeon, a chiropractor, an orthopedist, a physical therapist, a dietitian, a nurse practitioner, a nurse, or a social worker. If you have more than these primary health care professionals, your health care team will determine the best course of action for your well-being and overall health. They will determine whether your potential health status for having health problems in the future is a cause for alarm.
So, what are some of the causes of ill health and their definition? The definition of “well-being” varies from one source to another. In general, though, it includes three components: psychological well-being, bodily health, and environmental health. Psychological well-being is comprised of your beliefs and feelings about yourself and your capacity for living a healthy life; these beliefs and emotions are reflected in your behaviors and attitudes toward your physical health. Your thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors also impact your external environment and how you interact with other people. Bodies will generally function at their most optimal when operating in the healthiest condition possible, and your mental and physical health will dictate how well your body is working.