The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as follows: "Health is a complete state of mental, physical and social well-being, and does not consist only in the absence of illness or infirmity." This well-being is global, internal, or external signals that allow us to assess it.
We wake up every morning, according to our usual system, drink coffee, and head for our work. We do not feel any aches and pains in any part of our body, but how do we know that we are in good health?
In other words; Are there indicators and measures that help us to know our health condition?
The answer is most definitely: Yes, and we must observe these indicators and signs and pay attention to them from time to time.
In today's article, we provide the following basic signs that guide us whether we are in good health or not.
1. An appetite on time: a good appetite, a sign of good health
Eating healthy food gives energy to the body. It is a vital need and one of the life enjoyments. Have an appetite means that the body functions well if it is "real hunger," a hunger triggered by physiological mechanism and not by stress, boredom, are responsible for snacking, which is bad for health.
Our organism is composed of hormones that regulate the appetite: the ghrelin and leptin.
The ghrelin is a digestive hormone that stimulates appetite: its rate is high before meals and diminishes when the stomach is full.
Leptin is a hormone produced by the stomach that induced satiety while its rate increases.
Have an appetite and filing the stomach by balanced meals guarantee good health and contribute to preserving it.
All in all, It’s certainly not good to eat too much fat, too sweet, or too salty. But if you have a good appetite, and you eat everything in reasonable amounts, it means you are in good health.
Loss of appetite may be due to:
Hypothyroidism, an infection, a digestive problem (intestinal obstruction, Crohn's disease, etc.)
a brain tumor, cancer, depression, and anorexia nervosa.
Excessive appetite may be due to:
Hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, diabetes mellitus, Graves' disease, bulimia, certain medications, and sleep disturbances.
2. Maintain a healthy weight
Having a weight control or a stable weight is an important sign of good health.
If a difference of 2 to 3 kg is insignificant, or if you are suddenly and unexplained losing weight is an alarming sign.
Likewise, if you suddenly gain weight without modifying the diet should lead to consulting a doctor.
3. A healthy glow
Our face reflects our health condition: the appearance of skin, eyes, and mouth are criterion that detects an underneath problem.
The skin is the mirror of our health. Dehydration and Paleness of the skin with dark circles means a sickness, physical or mental fatigue. Thus the rest is necessary. If despite all, the fatigue and tiredness persist and the skin condition doesn't improve, you should see your doctor.
NB: we can look pale and be healthy; it all depends on the carnation. Some people have a very pale carnation by nature, without being unhealthy.
4. Healthy nails
Our nails are a precious indicator of deficiencies and even illnesses. When we are healthy, they are pink, strong, and smooth. Their color and appearance are indicative of our health. If they are streaky, you may have hypothyroidism or anemia.
If they are very pale, even white, it is a sign of poor blood circulation and, most likely, anemia. And when they are yellow, it's due to tobacco. If you don't smoke, yeast or sinusitis may be the cause.
Your nails are brittle and split; this is a sign that you have iron, zinc, or vitamin B deficiencies. To cure this, it is enough to consult your health professional and make a cure.
The white spots on the nails mean a lack of calcium.
5. A healthy mouth
To keep a healthy mouth, you have to make sure of the absence of any infections, and consult your dentist at least every six months to make sure of your healthy teeth and gums and to avoid any dental problems of any advanced gum disease. Otherwise, increased sensitivity of the teeth may have a link to heart disease, and bad breath from the oral cavity due to a malfunction in the digestive system.
5.1 Oral hygiene
To protect oral health, practice oral health habits every day.
- Brush and floss your teeth a minimum of two times a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Use the mouthwash to remove leftovers left behind after brushing.
- Eat healthy foods and cut back on food that contains added sugars.
- Replace the toothbrushes every three months or less if the bristles are wet or torn.
- Regular dental checkups and cleaning.
- Avoid tobacco of all kinds.
Also, contact your dentist as soon as any health problem appears in your mouth. Oral health care maintains general health.
5.2. A pink tongue
A pink tongue, uninflated and free of mouth ulcers, shows general good health.
If instead, the tongue is white and seems inflated, it's better to see a doctor, especially if it follows halitosis or a sensation of "dry mouth and bad breath."
This may be a symptom of a mycosis, digestion troubles, hepatic troubles (Cirrhosis), an infected area, if not a pre-cancer.
It may also reveal mouth candidiasis due to Candida albicans.
6. A strong and shiny hair
A healthy person has strong and shiny hair. However, if they are brittle or getting lost, they may reveal a deficiency or a dangerous sickness.
Equally, a safe scalp skin that doesn't itch doesn't have skin flakes and doesn't burn means generally good health. If it's not the case, this may reveal a silent sickness or merely a non-appropriate cosmetic use (too aggressive or too nourishing)
7. You don't lose hair
Losing some hair every day is quite typical; it’s the natural cycle of the hair. Therefore, make sure that if you lose some hair is the sign of good health.
Likewise, if they are shiny, thick, and soft, this shows the fact that you eat healthily, and you don't have any deficiency.
8. A good sleep
The balance of the body is reached, notably with a night of good restful sleep.
If it’s easy to fall asleep, the rhythm sleep/wake is well established, without a nocturnal
awakening, sleep apnea, or nightmare, it means that the body and the mind are in good health.
In opposite, insomnia, or rather hypersomnia without remedial effects of sleep, should be consulted.
Sleep is the ideal aspect of evaluating the quality of your life mode! An individual needs to sleep at least 8 hours per night. You don’t even need an alarm clock if you wake up every day at the same hour. It’s a good thing because it proves that your body has sufficiently rested.
9. Tonicity and energy
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines the health as “a complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing, and doesn’t consist only of lack of sicknesses or infirmity “
Feeling good, not to feel any local or widespread pains, the sensation of the body and mental wellbeing are indicators of good health.
Noting that, temporary fatigue is not necessarily a sickness. It is a signal of the body inviting to rest. If instead, the fatigue lasts, or the recovery is inexistent despite the rest, you should consult.
To be in good health, it is advisable to sleep at least 8 hours per night. If it's your case and you fall asleep like a baby without waking up, this means that you are in excellent health.
You don't have insomnia, your sleep rhythm is steady, and you don’t consume any excitement before going to bed. Moreover, you have understood that you shouldn’t watch screens one hour before sleeping. Congratulations!
Originally published on Live Positively.