Optimum health is a state of complete physical, mental, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual well-being. A truly healthy person feels good, looks good, is full of energy and is able to endure mental, emotional and physical stress without damage.
Dr. Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D., an American physician and strong proponent of orthomolecular medicine, is quoted as saying “Health is the ability to do what you need to do, and what you want to do, with energy and enthusiasm.”
This level of health can only be achieved and maintained by the correct application of nutrition and exercise. Unfortunately much of what we currently believe about nutrition today is a distortion of science and truth. It is essential to understand that food has a significant impact on our health. Our body is a single interacting system of chemistry and any food that we consume will impact this system in a positive or negative manner.
An optimum diet should therefore be based on the food our bodies evolved on and which allows us to function at our best. Pure, wholesome organic food comprising of lots of vegetables, a moderate quantity of fruit and high-quality, non-denatured sources of protein should form the foundation of a healthy diet.
Optimum nutrition also involves the use of dietary supplements. Supplements reinforce the body with essential nutrients, antioxidants and clean non-contaminated macronutrients. They enhance immune function and can improve tolerance to stress. A great diet only gets better when it’s reinforced with dietary supplements.
Exercise is equally as essential as nutrition with regards to optimum health. Regular exercise keeps the body healthy and strong by maintaining the bones, muscles and heart. Exercise must be done correctly and consistently. Exercise is essential in order to combat the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle.
Throughout evolution, humans have depended on habitual exercise in order to survive. We are therefore not genetically suited for a sedentary life, which adds a burden of stress to the body and leads to premature aging. Lack of physical fitness increases the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Walter Bortz of the Department of Medicine of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic in California, reviewed over 100 studies showing that many of the degenerative changes usually attributed to inevitable aging, are in fact caused by lack of exercise.
Older people who take up weight training can prevent some of the loss of muscle tissue that normally accompanies aging (sarcopenia). They can even regain some functional strength and by doing so become less frail. Weight-bearing exercise also helps to prevent osteoporosis and to improve bone strength in those with osteoporosis.
Weight training also provides functional benefits. Stronger muscles improve posture, provide better support for joints, and reduce the risk of injury from everyday activities.
Clean air, pure water, natural light, periodic cleansing and adequate rest and sleep all play important roles in the holistic process of optimum health.
Exercise and optimum nutrition not only prevents disease, but this approach can also be utilized to treat virtually any known health disorder. It offers the most potent and reliable means of achieving optimum health and maintaining a state of wellness long term.