We hear over and over again that we should live healthy lifestyles, try to maintain good health in order to live longer and happier lives, but have you ever thought about the individual factors that combine to determine whether somebody has ‘good health’ or not? The term ‘good health’ is one that encompasses a varied number of different elements, both mental and physical; let’s break them down.

Structural Health

This term refers to the condition and well being of your bones, organs and muscles. It is important that these ‘structures’ are kept healthy in order to be able to function to their full ability and help the body to work as is should. Structural health is most commonly the type of health that people tend to notice about themselves and work to maintain. The key factors associated with structural health are a person’s height and weight, combining to produce a BMI (body mass index).

Mental Health

Mental health refers specifically to all the emotional and cognitive processes that the body produces every second of the day. People who are in ‘good mental health’ do not suffer from any kind of mental problem such as depression or bipolar disorder, and can easily cope with the stresses of everyday life. To be in ‘good mental health’, however, is extremely subjective and can change from day to day depending on the individual.

Chemical Health

To be in good chemical health means that the chemicals found within a person’s body are acting in a correct and balanced manner with the right amount of nutrients and a good lack of any toxicity. A person can swallow, inhale and absorb both synthetic and natural chemicals, but in most cases these chemicals will be broken down or excreted, therefore keeping us in good health. However, if these chemicals are introduced in too high an amount, they can destroy cells and tissue and increase the risk of, for example, cancer.