How Do You Measure Health?

March 25, 2014 | 2 Comments

Nearly everything you buy, use, and do these days is marketed towards your health.

  • Foods that are advertised as being “organic” or “whole grain” are supposed to be good for your health.
  • Exercising is supposed improve your health.
  • Having sex with yourself or another person is suppose to be good for your health.

Most people will agree with the above 3 statements, but if I asked you why they’re healthy for you,  then I’m guessing that 95% of you won’t be able to confidently answer me.

How To Measure Your Health

Being healthy lies in your blood

So what does being healthy mean?

Here it is: being healthy means having normal ranges for all your blood markers(e.g. cholesterol, fasting glucose, triglycerides, etc…).

Blood markers are the measurable and detectable substances in your blood and your doctor can test them when you have your blood drawn.

Getting your blood tested is really the only way to measure your health. You can eat all the acai berry, grass fed beef, and turtle penis you want, but none of that matters if you have high cholesterol levels.

So if I go to the doctor’s office to get my blood work done, and all results come back in the normal range, then I would consider myself a healthy human being. Blood markers are really the only way to determine if someone is going to be at greater risk of non-hereditary diseases and cancers, which is something that everyone is trying to avoid. Am I right?

Are French fries really bad for you?

People like to blame their problems on specific foods. Here’s the thing: if you are diagnosed with heart disease and you tell the doctor you eat French fries every day, then the doctor is going to tell you that French fries are bad for you and that you should stop eating them.

But in reality, the reason you got heart disease wasn’t because you ate French fries, it was because you ate too many French Fries.

As long as you watch how much you eat, there really isn’t a single food on this entire planet that can change your blood markers for the worse.

High body fat levels affect all blood markers

Adding to my previous point, if you eat too much of any food, you’re going to put on body fat. THIS IS NOT GOOD.

So unless you’re anorexic, putting on body fat will change your blood markers for the worse and will make you more susceptible to nasty stuff like Type 2 diabetes.

I mean, just look at all the people you know who have heart disease. I guarantee that each and every one of them is at least somewhat overweight. On the other hand, I have rarely heard of a lean individual being diagnosed with heart disease.

However, please note that there will always be exceptions to these rules, and genetics may play a small role even though you’re lean. So that means you might not be 100% off the hook even if you’re lean, but at least you did everything you could.

Are you healthy?

Now my question to you is: “Are you healthy?” If you’ve never gotten your blood work done before, I suggest you do so ASAP.

Do you agree with my way of measuring health? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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    1. Hey Mike,
      The BMI is a little tricky. There are people who swear by the BMI, stating that it is all you need to determine your health, while others state that the BMI is outdated and inaccurate since it does not account for composition of your bodyweight(fat vs muscle).

      But in my opinion, BMI isn’t that bad. If you want to get super ripped, then you’re going to have lose weight and accept the fact that you are going to weigh A LOT less.

      Just remember that the only real way to measure your health is with simple blood test.

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