The concept of balance, understood as the vital energy that maintains and regulates mental and physical health, is particularly dear to Eastern philosophies and holistic disciplines, whereby the organism is a system of interconnected parts, in which things function if each component works in relation to the whole. Man, therefore, does not end in physiology and does not sublimate in thought: we are made of flesh and soul, two arms of the same scale that remind us how the material and immaterial aspects of the self have the same specific weight in the development of a serene and harmonious individuality.
We need well-being
In the theoretical interpretation of the diagram, the satisfaction of the most elementary needs is the necessary and sufficient condition for the emergence of needs of a higher order. At the base of the pyramid are the essential needs for survival - hunger, thirst, sleep, thermoregulation - while rising towards the top one encounters the most immaterial needs, which tend to the superfluous first, and then to the super structural. The satisfaction of the basic needs of shelter, nutrition and rest, responds to the instinct of self-preservation while, going up to the top of the pyramid, we find the needs of security (protection and tranquility), of belonging (cohesion and social participation), of esteem (respectability and recognition of their skills), of self-fulfilment (self-expression), which guarantee the "health" of the soul.
Let us think of rest, for example. Sleeping on a shabby bed or on a guest sofa does not guarantee the same quality of sleep as a king-size mattress designed according to the ergonomics of a sleeping body, let alone the same pleasure. Getting out the wrong side of bed can compromise the fate of the day and, in the most tragic cases, complicate the existence of unpleasant consequences.
Overweight and obesity are responsible for about 80% of diabetes cases, 55% of hypertension cases and 35% of ischaemic heart disease and cancer cases.
And then move
Physical inactivity, which characterises sedentary people, is a sworn enemy of health. At least let's remember to walk, an extremely underrated free activity. According to research conducted by the University of Warwick, 15,000 steps a day - the equivalent of about 11 kilometers - protects the heart and avoids the risk of heart attack and diabetes. Eleven kilometres is an ambitious goal, it is true; actually, experts are resizing, it would be enough to cover three to four continuous kilometres a day. If a person has arterial venous problems better than sitting for more than an hour in a row. A normal subject, after a few hours it is better to stretch your legs and reactivate the circulation. Sitting makes all the functions of the body cloud. But standing is not enough.
In short, eating well is synonymous with being well. Adopting a Wellness-oriented lifestyle is the best medicine for our health.