Although the terms “health” and “wellness” are frequently used interchangeably, each has its own definition that has changed over time.
Health, or the lack of disease, was once tightly associated with religion, with the belief that gods, devils, and supernatural entities needed to be appeased in order to acquire it. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is recognized for rejecting this belief system and advocating for the premise that health requires physical balance. His overall idea of health is the bedrock of functional medicine, which necessitates a comprehensive approach to health.
The World Health Organization’s current definition of health is “a condition of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not only the absence of sickness or disability.”
With our enhanced understanding of how to obtain health, it’s critical to comprehend why wellness must be pursued in tandem.