Too often, the term "thin" is used interchangeably with the word "healthy." The truth is, just being slender doesn't automatically mean you have a healthy body. While a thin physique can be as much poor diet and genetics as nutritious diet and exercise, a healthy body is toned and high-energy -- and holistic health includes a sharp mind. By looking for the signs of a healthy body, you can ensure that you're using your best efforts to keep your body in peak condition for the best quality of life.
Your vital signs are the ones your doctor will most often check at a checkup or upon your admittance into a health-care facility. Your blood pressure, oxygen levels, pulse and temperature all tell a health-care professional how healthy your body is at any given moment. Medline Plus outlines a range of what is considered normal when it comes to your vital signs. Your blood pressure should be around 120/80 mm/Hg, your breathing should be around 12 to 18 breaths per minute, your pulse should be between 60 and 80 beats per minute and your temperature should be between 97.8 and 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit.
A healthy body helps you to maintain a healthy energy level. When you're feeding your body the right nutrition, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly, you'll have enough energy to tackle your daily tasks. Fatigue is often the side effect of minor problems, like sleep deprivation, but it can also be the symptom of a much more serious health problem, according to the Elsevier Health Sciences book "Toward Healthy Aging." If you notice a sudden change in your energy level, schedule an appointment with your doctor to find the cause.
Skin, Hair and Teeth
When you live an unhealthy lifestyle, some of the telltale signs of your poor health will be evident on your skin, nails and hair. Each requires a high degree of healthy nutrients to look their best. If your diet is lacking, you may notice that your skin looks dull and splotchy, your nails are weak and your hair is brittle and prone to breakage. Your skin, hair and nails require protein, iron and a variety of other nutrients to look healthy and stay strong, so if you notice that they look different, consult your doctor and prepare to reform your diet and lifestyle.
A healthy body begets a sharp mind. When you keep your body in good repair, eat properly and sleep well, you can count on a better brain as you age. Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals help preserve brain tissue, while exercise and fitness can help slow mental decline as it increases blood flow to the brain. Preventive measures now can help ensure that you stay sharp and active as you age due to the healthy body, healthy mind combination.
- Medline Plus: Vital Signs
- "Toward Healthy Aging"; Priscilla Ebersole, Patricia A. Hess, Ann Schmidt Luggen; 2004
- KidsHealth.org: Skin, Hair and Nails
- CNN.com: What You Eat Can Improve Your Health, Mind, and Appearance