Physical Health

“Fit as a fiddle” as goes the old saying concerning a person in good standings physical health. The World Health Organization defined health in 1946 as follows- “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease of infirmity.”

As the physical world changes so do the human beings who occupy space upon it. Significant gains have been made in agrarian quantities allowing for a richer diet for most of the developed world. Similar advances have occurred in public health and hygiene, resulting in an increase in longevity for the human being whom is able to take advantage of these social gains and apply them to their personal best effort attaining bountiful physical health.

Not all of this world’s population is afforded the ability to achieve physical health in the twenty first century. Wars, famine, poverty, severe weather events, and uneven political climates served to work against the simple basis of physical health that the entire world’s population should be afforded.

Whereas as the most noticeable causal effects of an unhealthy relationship between lifestyle and physical health in a developed nation might be most noticeable in a population who might suffer from obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking tobacco, or a sedentary lifestyle that works against sound physical health. A case of too much good living often works against the public good of a sound physical health oriented population.

In the underdeveloped nations the simple components of physical health ; clean fresh water, unpolluted air, fresh food, and sound housing to keep one protected from the elements of nature remain a continuing goal that the entire developed world should embrace.

No infant, child, or adult should be without the basic necessities to achieve sound physical health as we continue our shared journey as a world in the twenty-first century.

Educated nations are found to produce healthier citizens. A correlation exists between education and physical health. Good habits learned early in life from healthy parents help set a template for good personal hygiene and a path to ongoing physical health. Regular hygiene practice helps to deter illness, and infection, and the simple daily practice of tooth and mouth care (brushing, flossing) and regular exercise, fresh clean clothing, and a positive attitude concerning life are necessary components for a healthy physical lifestyle.

“Into each life some darkness may fall.” Fall it may, how a person reacts to the various periods of psychological stress that a normal life contains has a direct impact on one’s physical health. Learning coping skills, problem solving techniques, and maintaining a stable lifestyle helps prepare one for a balance like that promotes physical health.