It is is more a goal than a state, and this for several reasons.
First, because the physical condition varies from one moment (of age) to another in the same person depending on his activity, your diet, sleep it provides or refuses , environment, etc.
Secondly, because the human body is not static; it is constantly changing. Between conception and adulthood, organs grow almost continuously (it is considered as brain development continues as around the age of 25).
Past adulthood, the body continues to change as it stimulates or that the leaves go limp; and of course it is aging under the combined effect of physical activity, environment, diet, normal events (pregnancy (s), breastfeeding) or accidental life.
Yet one can tell if someone is or is not “in good health”. And it is relatively simple.
In developed countries, those born without disabilities and without chronic disease are usually healthy as they are properly fed and receive basic vaccines that prevent the most serious childhood diseases (diphtheria, polio, measles , tetanus).
When they are “sick” is temporary – they have a cold or bronchitis and gastroenteritis, which spontaneously healed in eight days because their immune system does the job.
Some people are born with a disability, despite it, very healthy.
Deaf or visually impaired or even born without an arm may be otherwise perfectly healthy.
Even when disability is very embarrassing and compromising their social life, it does not necessarily affects their overall health or psychological health.
Similarly, some people affected by chronic disorders (seasonal pollen allergy, migraine) may be otherwise perfectly healthy and remain so. Allergies can disappear changing region (or with appropriate treatment); Migraines may subside after menopause (for women), or changing working or family problems solved (for people of both genders).
People with seasonal allergies or migraines are not unhealthy. They bring a physical characteristic which sometimes is a source of distressing symptoms, but not affecting their future health.
Good but when there is nothing special, how does one know if one is healthy?
Most often, one is concerned about his health in only two circumstances:
- we do not feel well
- it does not feel bad but we want it to last.
I do not feel well, am I sick?
Take the first circumstance. We can feel bad (or sick) occasionally (as in the cases cited above of a mild respiratory or gastrointestinal infection).
But from a general point of view, all benign diseases spontaneously recover within one to two weeks.
So anything that lasts less than a week is a priori Benin. (Between eight and fifteen, it is also very likely.)
Some common symptoms are painful but do not mean that one is in poor health:
“Mechanical” pain: have pain in a limb or back is not necessarily a sign of ill health (or illness). When this pain occurs in certain positions or after certain movements, it is very probably muscular and not serious. The muscles of the body hurt when they are overstretched. Pain is a warning, and not necessarily a symptom of ill health or illness. Occasional pain (especially when it is short) is not worrisome.
Digestive disorders (constipation, accelerate bowel movements, heartburn). Their brevity (again – less than a week) is a sign of benignity. Beyond eight days (or if significant as to interfere with daily living) justify a consultation but it makes not serious either.
Fatigue: this is not a sign of poor health, it is a signal that the brain sends us to tell us that we do (or that we suffer) too. In other words, do not treat fatigue, they treat the causes of fatigue. The first treatment of fatigue (when possible) is rest and sleep. Sometimes we do not know to stop and rest. You have to ask his relatives to force us to stop. You may also seriously want to consider a detox program which can help to flush your system of toxins that could clog up your system.
Poor appetite: everyone has the right to skip meals (including children over two years when they are too busy to eat). Skipping meals was (is) severe when the population suffers from hunger. It is not in the plethora of countries as in Western Europe or North America. Moms have always better not to fight with their child who is not hungry. To quote one of my bosses pediatricians to a worried mother: “Your fridge and your cupboards are full I’ve never seen a chicken die of hunger on a pile of grain..”
What are the signs that we might be sick?
- Fatigue that is not repaired by sleep and rest, and a considerable lack of energy in the morning at sunrise, for several weeks;
- Lack of appetite that does not concern only one meal but several, for several days or weeks;
- A loss of regular and marked weight (several kilograms in a few weeks) in someone who does not diet
- A loss of sexual desire, whereas previously it fine (NB: a woman, the temporary disappearance of desire can be linked to many minor things, starting with inadequate hormonal contraception … In a man, sixty years before, sustainable disappearance of desire is never benign.)
These symptoms should then encourage you to consult.
I feel good but I want it to last. What should I do about it?
- You feel good, always (you happen to be wrong here or there or be seized but it never lasts long)
- Your weight is stable, neither too high nor too low
- You eat your fill (no more) and with a good appetite
- You sleep properly, and when you sleep less, you catch you or the following nights
- Have you ever been hospitalized for something other than appendicitis or a minor accident
- Do not take medicine in the long term
- You are not completely sedentary (walking half an hour a day at least)
- You do not smoke
- You have regular sexual activity and fun
- Your parents are healthy enough and / or have reached the age of seventy years without major health problem
- You get along pretty well with your spouse (e)
- Your children (if any) you tan but “fart form”
- You do not have (too much) money worries or work