Benefits of optimal health

Optimal health is ideal because it reflects an overall satisfaction with one’s life.

*A person who enjoys optimal health can enjoy a number of benefits including the ability to adapt to and manage life experiences and challenges, developing coping strategies for stress and the ability to relate to others assertively and flexibly.

1.Improved immunity-good nutrition gives the body the fuel it needs to operate at optimum levels and fight off infection.

2.A healthy person makes better decisions-a healthy body is equal to a sound mind.

A sound mind makes quality decisions.

3.Increased vigour and energy-getting a nutritious meal after a heavy work out re-energizes the body.

A nutritious meal before work increases the body’s capacity to perform better.

4.Increased resilience-resilience is the ability to recover quickly from a difficulty

The power to pounce back stronger is a good indicator of great emotional health.

Emotional health has a great impact on your general health status.

A healthy person has the ability to be patient and to remain optimistic.

They also have increased stamina both to perform and to persevere.

5.Increased productivity-a good feeling is what fuels better performance.

People who feel good about themselves produce good results.

Optimal health gives a sense of satisfaction.

6.Increased happiness-happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

Happy mental states may also reflect judgement by a person about their overall well-being.

7.Increased self-awareness-self-awareness is the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals.

This plays a key role in understanding one’s purpose in life.


Restoration of optimal health

Restoration of optimal health aims at;

*enhancing quality living

*empowering mankind to solve problems of their generation and

*empowering mankind to live their full potential

The following are the ways of enhancing restoration of optimal health;

1.Whole food production-good nutrition begins with guaranteed production of nutritious food.

Farmers should not only be educated but also supported to produce healthy and nutritious food.

The society we live in today,most farmers focus on how much they can make from their farms.

The quality of food produced is not a big deal for them.

Cases are reported of farmers feeding poultry on ARVs to fatten them.

Quality food enhances quality health.

2.Whole food consumption-this is consumption of food that is as close to it’s natural form as possible.

Nature has a way of gradually adding nutrients to foods in balanced proportions.

3.Consume whole food supplements-whole food supplements fill the gap in our eating habits.

4.Nutritional education-knowing the nutritional value of the foods consumed is essential in enhancing optimal health.

It also improves proper food choices.

5.Food preparation education-food preparation techniques determine the quality of food consumed.

Overcooking of certain foods destroys their nutritional value which in turn affects health because good nutrition is the basis for good health.

6.Consume a variety of foods-different foods have different proportions of the same nutrients.

Consuming a variety of foods guarantees supply of different nutrients which eventually enhances optimal health.

7.Enhance a community based healthcare system-having a way of knowing people’s health status and recommending timely remedies can go a long way in enhancing optimal health.

Some health conditions are better handled in their initial stages before they become chronic.

8.Exercise-exercise and nutrition go hand in hand.

It increases body activities eg blood circulation, conversion of fats and body fitness.

All these are essential for optimal health.

9.Abstain from chemical abuse-chemical or substance abuse is a medical term used to describe a pattern of using a substance that causes significant problems or distress.

These may include both legal and illegal drugs eg alcohol, marijuana and medical prescriptions.

Controlling or abstaining from these substances can have a positive impact on one’s health.

Effects of ill health

1.Loss of employment-when sickness becomes severe, it makes it impossible for employees to continue working.

In very severe cases, one may lose his or her job due to ill health.

2.Loss of life-some diseases like cancer are very costly to treat and very few families can afford the treatment.

When there is no proper and timely medical attention, many lives are lost.

However,some sicknesses may still kill a patient when the body fails to respond to treatment.

3.Poverty-treating lifestyle diseases can drain all resources within a family and leave them in poverty.

4.Reduced productivity-poor health slows down productivity.

Output from people who are always in and out of hospital is very low.

5.Emaciation-being sick for a long time drastically reduces body weight.

In most cases,this happens due to lack of appetite leading to little or no consumption of food.

6.Depression-some diseases leave a patient in depression especially when people are diagnosed with diseases they did not expect to have.

It may also affect close relatives of a patient.

7.Extreme pain-cancer patients need extra ordinary strength not just to live with the disease but also to withstand treatment.

Cases are reported of patients who experience severe pain after chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Some lose hair and for a woman, it’s not an exciting thing to experience.

8.Loss of human dignity-we have seen people die helplessly due to emaciation.

People in hunger stricken areas die helplessly in fields without being noticed.


Optimal health

As explained in the preamble of the constitution of the World Health Organization, health is defined as a “state of complete physical,mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

An article in the “American journal of Health promotion” by Michael O’Donnell, explains  that optimal health is a balance  of five areas of health.These areas are;emotional, physical,spiritual, intellectual and social health.

The concept of optimal health focuses on mental health and healthful relationships,as well as nutrition and exercise.

nurturing optimal health & wellness

Lifestyle changes can be accomplished through education, a change of behavior and creating an environment that supports sound health practices.

Such efforts might include time set aside from work and school for exercise, access to health facilities, reading books and participating in activities that stimulate brain function.

Other solutions might include the availability of nutritious food in cafeterias and workplaces, time provided for meditation and spiritual reflection, and hosting parties and activities where peers and coworkers can gather and build stronger friendships and connections.

Human health has been deteriorating over the years due to food insecurity and poor healthcare.Read more on restoration of optimal health here

Ill health reduces human productivity. Read more on effects of ill health here

It’s more beneficial to be healthy than to be ill.Read more on the benefits of optimal health here