The physiological systems in the human body are constantly regulating themselves in order to maintain homeostasis (balance). This is why we sweat to cool down, why our urine changes colour when we are dehydrated, how we maintain optimum blood sugar levels etc.
Our bodies are amazing at maintaining balance. It is only when we are ‘out of balance’ for long periods of time that problems begin to arise.
Lifestyle choices, such as nutritional balance, optimum hydration, detoxification and the development of a healthy psychology can influence the expression of wellness or disease by our biochemically unique metabolisms.
To understand the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle, here are some interesting statistics that shows what happens when we don’t keep in rhythm with a balanced lifestyle:
- Current costs in England for obesity alone range from between £588-686 million per annum. Apart from obesity, other diseases also frequently begin in adolescence (e.g. diabetes), and are developed often in relation to faulty habits or self-mismanagement during early formative years.
- Over 900,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in the UK between 2008 and 2010. About 30% of cancer deaths are considered to be related to the five leading behavioural and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, smoking and alcohol use.
- Cardiovascular diseases kill more people each year than any other disease. The majority of these pathological conditions can be prevented by addressing well-known risk factors such as physical inactivity, tobacco use, unhealthy diet and raised lipids.
- Statistics show that 75% of adult mental health problems begin before the age of 18. Simple education on how to manage emotions and psychological states positively will dramatically reduce this number.
These facts have urged us to target education on a foundational level to introduce Vibrant Health Education in schools, I am sure you can agree it is a sorely missing link within our national curriculum for a higher achieving and more wholesome society!