The body is a complex organism. Over 15 trillion cells make up the average human body, with various types working to support multiple processes and functions. This is before you begin to look at macro-scale components such as organs. That each part of the body functions sufficiently to keep you alive is almost a miracle in itself. So, while it would take forever to get to know each cell on an individual level, there are steps you can take to understand better how your body functions and the different outside factors that can have a severe negative or significant positive impact on its ability to perform.
Factors Affecting Health
To varying degrees, most people are taking steps to optimise their health. To achieve longevity, fitness, aesthetics and many other outcomes, people engage in activities that are traditionally considered healthy. This can range from exercise to dietary improvements.
Exercise has several positive impacts on health. It helps with body recomposition (the conversion of weight from body fat to muscle mass), building muscle and cardiovascular health. There are two types of training typically used to help optimise health. The first is resistance training. This involves putting a muscle under duress to stimulate hypertrophy (muscle growth) and strength improvements. Increased muscle mass has been shown to aid strength and mobility in old age. The second form of exercise is cardio. Cardio training involves activities which increase heart rate such as running, cycling and swimming. Cardiovascular exercise helps with fat burning as your body uses body fat for fuel. It also benefits heart health because, as with any muscle, with exercise, it becomes stronger and more efficient at performing its tasks.
Something else people will look to address when they’re attempting to improve health is the food they eat. Food is the fuel that powers your body. Both cognitively and physically, your body is dependent on food to be able to perform. Food consists of macronutrients; protein, carbs and fats. Each macronutrient has its own performative function within the body and cells. To get your daily requirement of macronutrients, you must eat a diverse diet. This can be made all the more challenging by a consideration you may not have made; food sensitivity. For some people, foods that are considered traditionally healthy are not good for them, after all.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Without food sensitivity testing, it is pretty much guesswork to figure out which foods don’t agree with you. With symptoms such as bloating, nausea, headaches & fatigue occurring anywhere up to 72 hours after consumption of your problem food, it is incredibly challenging to identify which food you have eaten has caused you problems. The only way to easily do it is sensitivity testing. Using just a hair or blood sample, you can identify the foods that are causing you problems and eliminate them from your diet. Global Testing Labs offers a range of sensitivity testing to suit your budget. You can find yours and begin your journey to better health here.