The first 3 steps taken in setting and achieving a goal are
- Awareness about where you are
- Making a decision about where you want to be!
- ….once you know where you’re headed, ask for help!
Where you want to be in terms of health status is difficult to determine, especially if you have been suffering for a long period of time from illness or if you’re not surrounded by people who discuss and share intimate health details.
Read on for a few suggested examples for what I consider to be markers of optimal health for which to strive.
Poor Health: Unable to fall asleep within 30 minutes in bed with lights out; tossing and turning awake for hours in the middle of the night; waking in night or early morning and being unable to fall back to sleep.
Average: Falling asleep within 30 minutes of lights out and waking 1-2 times during the night.
Ideal Health: Falling asleep within 15 minutes of your head hitting the pillow and sleeping soundly, undisturbed, until the next morning upon waking.
Poor Health: Snooze an hour, take several hours to feel awake, then tired the rest of the day; temptation to fall asleep while at work/school/driving.
Average: Snooze 15 minutes, become more alert with a shower and caffeine. Fully functional by the time your workday begins.
Ideal Health: Pop out of bed with a big smile, fully alert with an alarm or naturally after a cue from your circadian rhythm.
This is different for everyone and changes as we age, so no minimum or maximum will be listed here.
Libido is of importance to a health care practitioner because it is one more marker of hormone levels such as testosterone and cortisol, energy levels, the impact stress is having on an individual’s lifestyle.
Poor Health: Constipation = less than every 3 days or hard to pass; Diarrhea = loose/watery stool passed frequently.
Basic Health: Minimum once per day
Ideal Health: 3 per day, once after every meal. Should be easy to pass and feel like a complete evacuation of the contents of the rectum.
The urge to pass stool comes from stretch receptors in the colon and rectum signaling to the brain and the rest of the digestive tract that there will be a mass movement shortly. Physiologically, mass movements and their signals follow meals. This makes sense – the body knows it needs to create more space for what it has just consumed.
Ideal Stool Descriptors
- Doesn’t stick to the bowl
- No blood
- No mucus
- No undigested food pieces
Fluids leaving the body as urine should be relatively equivalent in volume to the fluids entering your body in the form of water, tea, juice, soup, fruits and vegetables.
Ideal: depends on fluid volume consumption. Pale yellow is a good goal.
Be sure there is no blood, mucus strands, cloudiness, unusual odour or colour.
Contact a practitioner if you experience burning, urgency, dribbling, pain or discomfort.
I hope this is helpful in increasing knowledge about optimal health status and providing some concrete goals to work toward.
If struggling with attaining your health ideals, contact a health practitioner who can provide gentle assistance to guide your body in the direction of your goals.