-Healthy versus Unhealthy-

Updated: Mar 13, 2018

Lately, I’ve been working on coursework for workplace wellness certification, which has me thinking more about the concept of wellness. Some would define wellness as the state of being in good physical and mental health. Others would say that wellness is more of a process of being aware of and working toward being healthier, but both associate wellness with health.

Feeling ill or un-well from time to time seems to be a fact of life, at some point we will deal with a headache, a stuffy, runny nose, head congestion, or the stomach bug as we live our busy lives.

So this begs the question, do we have any control over this state of being unwell or ill? You may be surprised by what the research is saying today.

Wellness or illness has to do with the body but also the mind, spirit and our physical environment. For example, our body can become unwell if we subsist on food items devoid of nutrients and packed with chemical additives, surround ourselves with negative individuals, don’t connect to God each day, or live in a house with mold.

Research indicates that more than 75% of our chronic illnesses are preventable with lifestyle changes such as better nutrition, exercise, reduced exposure to toxins and a reduction in our level of daily stress.

Chronic illness such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and certain cancers, are preventable with lifestyle modifications. So, what constitutes a healthy lifestyle versus an unhealthy lifestyle so that we can prevent these chronic illnesses, let’s take a look…