Your Ideal Picture Of Health
- January 10, 2019
When you think of health, do you conjure up the picture of a man with a well-sculpted body pumping iron in the gym, or a slim, beautiful women jogging along the river at sunrise? Or do you think of a 99-year-old agile yoga instructor, or a 102-year-old Shaolin monk with mysterious kung fu meditating on the mountain top?
Whichever one is your ideal picture of health, we all wish to achieve the extraordinary. But how many of us do this whole-heartedly? Most people are inspired but are busy dealing with work, school and family on a daily basis. Does your health have to suffer because of what your life demands of you?
The truth is, you can shape your own health destinies. The secret lies in how you think, what you do and what you eat. Just that simple.
How you think refers to your mindset, meaning, your ideas and attitudes with which you approach life situations and challenges. Believe it or not, you always have the power to replace fear and anxiety with curiosity, courage and confidence. Often, however, you need to give it time and effort to get there. Miraculous results do come from a willingness to practice clear thinking and executing the right actions. Good nutrition, regular exercise and drug-free living will ensure strong, healthy mind and body for years to come.
Clear thinking brings clear actions, done at the right time for the right reasons. What you do in life is, of course, very important. You only live once. If your goal is to make a difference in this world, you are constantly planning and taking actions. However, you can only accomplish this if you are healthy and remain healthy.
Yon don’t need a doctor to tell you that exercise is the key to health, wellness and longevity. You also don’t need to be world-famous to feel fit, beautiful, calm and happy. Scientific research over the past 60 years has provided irrefutable evidence that a mere 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day will bring you good health and shield you from diseases. Active people tend to have lower blood pressure, lower risks of stroke and heart disease. Exercise also reduces risks of cancer and diabetes, and has been shown to lower rates of depression, anxiety and memory loss. Stick with it and you will sleep better at night, your mood will improve, your work more productive, and your risk of developing any chronic illness will drop significantly.
Getting in shape does not have to be expensive or painful. Exercise should be individualized, specifically designed for you, done at your own pace, based on your age, interests and fitness level. Whether it be walking or jogging outdoor, jumping rope on the spot, cycling, swimming, tennis, baseball, golf, basketball, football, hockey or soccer, Tai Chi, Palate, Jujitsu, Taekwondo or Yoga, whatever your brand of exercise may be, you are moving and training for a stronger and healthier you. Exercise can even be fun and social. You are encouraged to exercise with friends, colleagues and various interest groups, in person or online, building camaraderie and healthy relationships that will last a lifetime.
To be healthy, what you eat is equally important. A well-balanced diet containing all the essential food groups in proper proportions is crucial. Good nutrition keeps you energetic and wards off diseases. Ability to differentiate healthy from unhealthy foods has never been more important, as we now have abundant varieties of processed and packaged foods in addition to the fresh vegetables and produce we get from our local farmer’s market.
With over 20 years of experience in medicine, AngieCare is established to help you in all aspects of health, including physical, emotional, nutritional and social health. Thanks to modern telemedicine, for non-emergent ailments or health conditions, you can now see your doctor from the comfort of your own home. Just sign in online or thru a mobile app and have your virtual visits anytime, anywhere. No more long waits in crowded clinics where contagions lurk. The cost is usually less than a brick-and-mortar-clinic visit and your information is kept safe and secure. Virtual visits are by no means perfect, but it may save you some time, energy and money.
A lot of us are already googling and even asking Alexa DexMD about our medical problems before going to the doctor. DexMD uses a proprietary artificial intelligence built from the ground-up by a team of engineers and medical doctors to provide relevant information about your health questions. “Doctor Dex,” the software program, is getting smarter all the time while collecting its data from you. DiagnosisAI, the creator of DexMD, claims that this tool does not provide medical advice and is for informational, entertainment and educational purposes only. DexMD is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. “Doctor Dex was created and is maintained by practicing medical doctors, but Doctor Dex (being a program), is not itself a trained medical doctor.” Call your doctor for actual medical advice. If you think you have a medical emergency, please dial 911 immediately.
A word of caution about using the internet for medical answers—-if you are at a site where someone is constantly trying to sell you something, claims that it’s the best thing for you bar none, and you must provide your credit card and pay immediately, RUN!
Keep in mind that your physician did not become your doctor overnight. He or she has been through rigorous training and knowledge acquisition before he/she even qualifies to examine you. Several types of complex human intelligence are in action when doctors diagnose and treat your medical problems. These include the general gestalt, medical knowledge, procedural skills, hospital and clinical experience, lab results application & analysis, social & cultural knowledge and experience, communication skills, scientific deduction, probability calculation, mathematics, study of human behavior & psychology, statistics, population & public health, up-to-date technical & pharmaceutical knowledge, empathy, not to forget the use of five senses such as sound, touch, smell and sight to carefully observe and make the right decisions specifically for you. Thus, when it comes to health, best not be too quick to ditch your qualified doctor. Smart health technology is impressive and futuristic. In fact, we will indulge in these advances as time goes on, as no doubt the benefits they bring to humanity will be huge. However, at this point in time, they are best used with the help of certified medical experts.