Updated: Jul 15, 2021
Health is not valued til sickness comes. Thomas Fuller
As I mentioned in a previous article, to me, health is multi-faceted. It is very complex. It encompasses a physical, mental, and spiritual component, and involves different factors as well.
While we know that being diagnosed with a health condition or being classified as overweight deems one to be "unhealthy," there are other indicators of health that don't necessarily elicit a diagnosis that you may only observe or know yourself.
Keep an eye out for some of the less obvious signs that you might not be as healthy as you think.
Because each element (your body, soul, and spirit) is intertwined, no single metric or test can adequately capture something as large and complex as your health. When it comes to your health, you can't separate the body, soul and spirit from each other. However, there are numerous methods for obtaining a picture of each.
Take these easy suggestions to find out if your health could do with an overhaul.
Your physical health condition is probably the easiest to measure.
Learn Your Body Mass Index
The BMI is a scale that compares your weight to your height. A healthy BMI ranges from 18.5 to 25. A BMI greater than this increases the risk of obesity-related disorders such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Find your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms or lbs by your height in meters or feet squared.
You can find the calculator here: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm
Determine Your Biological Age
A lousy lifestyle might make your body feel like you're much older than you are. In society, an increasing proportion of young individuals are suffering middle-aged conditions such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which some health professionals attribute to being overweight, not exercising enough, and eating a poor diet.
Most Naturopaths can verify your bio age for you.
Get Your Waist Measurement
Because all of your essential organs are stored in the area around your waist, any extra weight makes it difficult for them to function effectively. A waist measurement of fewer than 94 centimeters (37") for men and 80 centimeters (31 1/2") for women is considered healthy. Any number greater than this could suggest a higher risk of acquiring a chronic weight-related condition such as type 2 diabetes.
To get the complete picture of someone's health, a physician and health and wellness specialist will measure waist circumference. This figure helps determine the likelihood of developing major health problems like stroke, sleep apnea, and heart disease.
According to registered dietician Malina Malkani, this measurement might tell her more about a patient's risk of disease than weight.
"Waist circumference is a sign of visceral (or 'belly') fat, which is fat that surrounds the internal organs," Malkani explained. "Visceral fat is a far better predictor of obesity-related illness risk than total body fat," she says.
Take Your Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure is the amount of pressure that blood exerts against the arterial walls. High blood pressure indicates that they are being subjected to excessive pressure, increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80mmHg, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Making an appointment with your doctor is the most straightforward approach to determine yours.
About 70% of those who have their first heart attack and 77 percent of those who have their first stroke have high blood pressure (140/90 mm Hg or greater). However, even at lesser levels, the effects on the heart might be felt. Prehypertension is now defined as a systolic pressure of 130 to 139 mm Hg — or an 80 to 89 mm Hg diastolic pressure — and is considered a risk factor for heart disease. Although blood pressure typically rises as people become older, there is a growing understanding that this rise should be addressed through lifestyle changes and, if required, medication.
Know Your Resting Heart Rate
Measuring your resting heart rate is a reliable indicator of your fitness level. It should be between 60 and 100 beats per minute for most people. The resting rate of elite athletes will be lower. A resting heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute indicates that your body is working harder to complete its tasks and has been linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Place your index and third fingers gently against your neck and count your pulse for 15 seconds, then multiply that number by four to get your heart rate.
Survey Your Sleep
Sleep is essential for practically all physiological activities, including immunological function, brain waste removal, and balanced metabolism. Even so, roughly a third of adults in the United States do not obtain the required seven hours of sleep a night.
A single night of inadequate sleep can temporarily boost blood pressure, and sleep deprivation has been related to heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic disorders in more than a dozen studies. Researchers discovered that sleeping five hours or fewer per night increased mortality from all causes by around 15% in three extensive epidemiological studies.
Monitor Your Movement
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity is essential for maintaining strong bones, lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes, and boosting your mood.
If the prospect of going to the gym encourages you to move more than counting steps, that's fantastic. Whatever exercise you undertake, you should like it, and Okeke-Igbokwe recommends including some physical activity in your daily routine.
"Studies have revealed a correlation between exercising for at least 30 minutes every day and a lower chance of dying young," she explained. "When it comes to exercise and physical activity, the goal should be to be as active as possible to reap the most health benefits."
She explained that the number of steps you should take varies based on your degree of physical activity, but that a good sign is if the amount you take causes you to break a sweat.
Understand Lung Capacity
Our lungs' ability to expand and utilize oxygen optimally can be harmed by too much sitting, not enough cardiovascular exercise, and, yes, smoking.
Here's a quick way to see if your lungs are in excellent shape: Walk six blocks or run up two flights of stairs. Without stopping or becoming out of breath, you should be able to accomplish either.
Study Your Stool
While looking at your poop may seem disgusting, regular, well-formed stools are a sign of overall health. Constipation affects over 16% of Americans, and it's not only bothersome; it may also be hazardous. Colon cancer, which is on the rise in the United States, can be detected by paying attention to your excrement.
Here's a handy article to help you identify if things are going smoothly. Pun intended.
Check Your Urine
When it comes to their health, most people overlook one of the most important indicators: pee. It may appear weird or even disgusting, but there is a scientific basis for it.
"The color, density, and smell [of urine] can disclose health concerns," according to the Cleveland Clinic. Your urine should be a "pale, straw yellow," and it shouldn't have much of an odor. Keep a close check on your urine if it has a strong odor or is a darker color, and consult a doctor if it doesn't improve.
Monitor Your Energy Levels
For many people, being tired is a state of being, but the reason for it could be more than what they're putting it down to. While over-caffeination and not getting enough sleep are possible causes of weariness, there may be more to it.
According to Health.com, dehydration, low iron levels, too little exercise, and too much sugar in the diet are just a few of the health-related reasons you could be fatigued. If you're often weary, you might not be as healthy as you think; examine your diet, physical activity, and hydration levels, and consult your doctor about any nutritional deficiencies.
Censor Your Gas
While passing gas 10 to 20 times a day is regarded as normal and healthy, more than that is considered excessive. Excessive gas could indicate that you're not as healthy as you believe.
While our diet and certain meals are frequently the sources of gassiness, it could also indicate something else. Excessive gas can be caused by various health issues, including lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, and celiac disease. While these conditions do not make you sick, they prevent your body from functioning at its best.
Check Your Nails and Hair
Have you ever thought about the connection between your health and your nails? Probably not, but the shape, texture, and color of your fingernails and toenails can reveal whether you're in good health or not.
While smoking and specific nail polish colors can induce yellowing of the nails, according to prevention.com, "the yellow color is thought to be produced by poor circulation and fluid build-up in the body."
You may be deficient in nutrients if you have indentions in your nails or irregular nail development. So, take a closer look and see if there's something crucial you're overlooking.
The same goes for your hair; if your hair is dull and thinning, you may lack some vital nutrients.
Mental and Emotional Health
Measuring your soul’s health is done through questioning. Being brutally honest with your self is of utmost importance here.
Assess Your Loneliness
We often miss the genuine problem of social isolation, which can be even more dangerous because of our cultural focus on our weight. Loneliness was linked to an increase in mortality equivalent to smoking and double that of obesity, according to a 2013 study of older persons. That's alarming news, given that the number of Americans who say they're lonely has increased since the 1980s.
It's not about filling your calendar to the brim or having a predefined, doctor-approved amount of buddies to combat loneliness. What matters is a sensation of exclusion, of being misunderstood, and of being unable to connect.
INSTRUCTIONS: Indicate how often each of the statements below is descriptive of you.
C indicates, "I often feel this way."
S indicates, "I sometimes feel this way."
R indicates "I rarely feel this way"
N indicates "I never feel this way"
1. I am unhappy doing so many things alone O S R N
2. I have nobody to talk to O S R N
3. I cannot tolerate being so alone O S R N
4. I lack companionship O S R N
5. I feel as if nobody really understands me O S R N
6. I find myself waiting for people to call or write O S R N
7. There is no one I can turn to O S R N
8. I am no longer close to anyone O S R N
9. My interests and ideas are not shared by those around me O S R N
10. I feel left out O S R N
11. I feel completely alone O S R N
12. I am unable to reach out and communicate with those around me O S R N
13. My social relationships are superficial O S R N
14. I feel starved for company O S R N
15. No one really knows me well O S R N
16. I feel isolated from others O S R N
17. I am unhappy being so withdrawn O S R N
18. It is difficult for me to make friends O S R N
19. I feel shut out and excluded by others O S R N
20. People are around me but not with me O S R N
Make all O's =3, all S's =2, all R's =1, and all N's =0. Keep scoring continuous.
Take a Depression Test
Depression, according to new research, may be just as harmful to your health as fat. Depression is frequently accompanied by additional health-harming variables, including insomnia and substance addiction, and the longer depression goes untreated, the worse the long-term health consequences become.
The online test from Kaiser can help you assess whether you need to see a doctor.
Of course, this list is no substitute for getting regular medical checkups, but it's an excellent place to look for warning signs or questions to discuss with your doctor.
Spiritual health to me means a movement toward the increasing compacity for God in my life. It involves a journey toward transcendence, a growing connection to my spirit, and a growing faith in a Higher Power.
Spiritual health covers those aspects that are neither physical, psychological, or social in nature.
It can be measured by an individual's feelings about a higher power, themselves, others, and nature; having positive feelings; balance; peace; experiencing vigor and empowerment, hope and satisfaction; and having less unpleasant sensations like despair, anxiety, and rage.
A spiritual health study done in Iran in 2018 quoted one of the interviewees stating, "I think an important parameter of spiritual health is to have positive feelings about spiritual matters."
Measuring Spiritual Health
One way to measure the spiritual health of an individual is checking the color of their aura.
We are all surrounded by an energy field referred to as an 'aura'. We are energetic beings in physical bodies. Auras exist in both plants and animals! The auric field is a seven-layer, oval-shaped aura that radiates and vibrates throughout the body and extends two to three feet beyond our physical form.
The colors of your aura reveal details about your health and spirituality.
The origins of the aura notion can be traced back to Indian spiritualism.
It is frequently believed that comprehending the aura might aid in bettering or speeding up the diagnosis of one's health. This article is not intended to support or refute the claims of anyone who use or promote these methods.
While the existence of an aura seems to be a widely accepted concept, not many can see it. So, such diagnosis is restricted mainly to the realm of faith healers – those who can see auras.
The Colors of the Aura
The aura's colors represent the frequency of an individual's energy and their thoughts, feelings, health, and spiritual awareness. The colors of your aura should ideally glow brightly, as this denotes happiness, good health, and vitality. Negativity, disease, sluggishness, and general unbalance are all represented by dark, murky, and muddy colors. Colors that surround the physical form frequently appear as blocks, flares, shards, or clouds.
Purple in you