What does it mean to be healthy?

Habits to Healthy Blog Post 2

What does it mean to be healthy?

Healthy (adjective): enjoying good health, or not displaying clinical symptoms of disease or infection.

Some people think salads are healthy, or going to the gym makes them healthy. But let’s break it down:

Not all salads are healthy. Does it have a variety of plants? Is it organic? Is it covered in processed salad dressing? What are you eating the rest of the week? Is it the standard American diet? Burgers and fries? Soda and ice cream? Fried chicken or fast food?

Movement is important but being a gym addict doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Are you hitting the gym a few times a week but spending the rest of the time binge watching Netflix while grazing on processed junk food? Do you sit most of the day, or are you active? Are you hydrating with filtered water or guzzling artificial ingredient-filled beverages?

What you do most of the time outweighs what you do some of the time.

What does healthy mean to you?

Most people may think healthy means the absence of disease but true health is when your body is balanced and well nourished.

What are some signs and symptoms of an imbalance?

– headaches
– nasal congestion
– allergies
– bloating after meals
– irregular bowel movements
– brain fog
– anxiety
– low mood
– low energy
– difficulty losing weight
– muscle stiffness
– hair loss
– dry, flaky skin
– inability to fall asleep
– tired upon waking

These symptoms may be common but it’s not normal or healthy. Symptoms are our body’s way of telling us something isn’t right. Like getting food coma after Thanksgiving dinner. That second plate probably wasn’t the best idea in hindsight, right?

Whether it’s nutritional deficiencies, poor gut health, stealth infections, blocked detox pathways, etc… it’s important to get to the root cause rather than taking a pill for it. Start listening to your body… what is it trying to tell you?

 

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