According to the World Health Organization, health is not simply the absence of a disease but it is complete physical, mental and social well being.
Maintaing a healthy lifestyle, coping well with stress and adopting a strong emotional outlook all play an important part in the prevention of illness. As physicians, our role is not just to treat diseases but to also maintain health. It is rightly said by Albert Schweitzer, "within every patient there resides a doctor and we as physicians are at our best when we put our patients in touch with the doctor inside themselves."
There are a lot of common sense things one can do to remain healthy and one of the most important being the diet. A nutrition rich well balanced diet is the most important thing we can focus on to remain healthy and live a long life. However, cutting out the toxins from the diet and trying to educate our palate to enjoy the nutritious food is obviously not an easy thing but it is definitely worth it. No one these days needs to be told of the health hazards associated with smoking and drinking. Again it is moderation in all things but give it up if it is escalating into an addiction instead of being a stress reliever.
Thus by taking responsibility for what happens to our bodies we begin to create for ourselves the balance we want in our lives, and tune into our own feelings, or inner sense, of what is wrong. By developing a positive approach towards creating a healthy life we can move away from automatically taking a defensive position towards illness.