13 BASIC HEALTH HABITS


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The human body is an ecosystem of complementary, co-dependent, and cooperative systems, functioning together to maintain health, and designed to heal itself. Regarding our personal health care, our primary behaviour should involve the support of these natural functions with the practise of basic health habits. 

Neglect of basic health habits leads to physical deterioration, malfunction, a cascade effect of health complications, and finally, to disease.

As long as we are made of flesh and blood, we are bound by natural laws. If your present system of health care is not built on a foundation of understanding and support of the natural functions of your body, then it is a faulty system.

HEALTH COACH Basic Health Habits is a comprehensive, sustainable system for the creation and maintenance of health; to reduce the risk of disease, and for healthy habit formation; essential and fundamental for the physiological health of all humans. 

The 13 basic health habits are also a dependable system for evaluating health. Conventional medical tests give us our risk of particular conditions - high cholesterol warns of impending heart disease, for example, while high blood sugar predicts diabetes. Basic Health Habits, by contrast, help us to evaluate the basic needs to support healthy physiological function, give us an overall reading of how healthy we are, and supply the practical application to address any issues.

HEALTH COACH provides the information, instruction, and the tools to facilitate behavioural change that leads to the creation and maintenance of health, rather than the suppression of natural physiological function and the symptoms of an unhealthy body.




What is a Health Trend?
The world of health is dominated by trends and business, and the world of medicine, which we name healthcare, would get a failing grade for health. Extreme fitness, specialized diets, and weight loss have developed to fill the void. 

During my 39 year career as a health professional, I have seen the same health trends come and go, be renamed and rebranded, and come and go again, several times. 

The current aggressive marketing and mass popularity of idealized body image, weight-loss, and extreme fitness is unique, but it is not about health. 

Canada has two new eating disorders related to health dieting trends, and a new psychological disorder, Body Dismorphic Disorder (BDD), that now includes a growing number of young boys and men, as well as girls and women; engaging in extreme fitness, health dieting, drug use, surgery, augmentation, and supplementation behaviours. 

Unfortunately, most people that I treat have extreme fitness habits, unsupported by basic health habits - with effects compounded by unhealthy habits. I have been charting the short and long term damage of this behaviour for more than 25 years.

While the goal of basic health habits is the creation and support of health, the purpose of a health trend is focused on a specific result such as weight loss, detoxification, or physical fitness. Health trends are temporary measures for achieving a limited outcome - often at a cost to our health, while basic health habits are essential, sustainable, and fundamental for the health of all humans. 

When health is the goal, rather than weight loss or an increase in body size, better choices are made, the health benefits are more comprehensive and sustainable, and include: beauty, weight management, muscle development, and healthy aging.



WHAT IS HEALTH?

Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. 

Metabolism is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. The three main purposes of metabolism are the conversion of food to energy to run cellular processes, the conversion of food to building blocks for proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and some carbohydrates, and the elimination of nitrogenous wastes. 

These enzyme-catalyzed reactions allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments.

This means that the principle life, and health-supporting physiological functions are involved in: 
  • cellular function
  • cellular building and repair
  • elimination of waste by-products

The necessary elements for the physiological functions of health are dependent on and supplied by your Basic Health Habits.

Health relates only to an intact flesh and blood body.

In humans, health is also the ability of individuals or communities to adapt and self-manage when facing physical, mental, or social challenges.





HEALTH COACH BASIC HEALTH HABITS

1. Sleep
2. Nutrition and Digestive Health
3. Hydration: water + electrolytes
4. Physical Activity
5. Breathing
6. Positive Mental Attitude 
7. Sweating
8. Sunlight
9. Rest and Relaxation
10. Meditation
11. Hygiene: personal, home, social, public, occupational, professional, medical, commercial, animal, and environmental
12. Life Skills: emotional intelligence, communication, conflict resolution, practical skills, responsibility, character, integrity, critical thinking, love and compassion, social skills, social responsibility, personal development and more ...
13. Nature: We need a healthy environment to be healthy and disease-free.


All basic health habits are learned behaviours, and the younger the age that we learn these habits, the more likely they are to be our dependable, and default system, especially in response to unexpected demands and unplanned stress.

Our body is equipped to maintain health and designed to heal itself. Regarding our personal health care, our primary behaviour should involve the support of these natural functions with the practice of basic health habits.

We have a social responsibility to be healthy. This is especially true in a social system of Medicare, like we have here in Canada. Doing nothing to care for your health is neglectful; cultivating unhealthy habits is self-abusive.


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Basic Health Habits 1- 13:

1. Sleep 

2. Nutrition and Digestive Health 

3. Hydration

4. Physical Activity

5. Breathing

6. Positive Mental Attitude
       and D-Mystifying Vitamin D 

9. Rest & Relaxation

10. Meditation
                                     
13. Nature


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The New Moderation

In regard to unhealthy habits, HEALTH COACH recommends moderation, gradual reduction, and finally, elimination. An increase of healthy habits is the most effective way to achieve this. 

When you understand what your body needs to be healthy and to function optimally, and when you make informed choices based on this knowledge and understanding, this can give you a relationship with your health, and power of your habits that is more effective than self control. 

Develop a new relationship with your health that is based on knowledge, understanding, and effective choices.




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