HJ: Health is a tricky subject. Not because it is inherently difficult to understand, but because there is so much disagreement and bad information strewn about, mostly by well meaning folk. The biggest problem in the field of health/nutrition at the moment, is that very few people are looking at the whole picture — most focus only on the body and even more specifically on diet and nutrition. However, there is so much more to health than eating the right balance of carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. For instance, foods have energetic properties as well which have a very real, profound and powerful effect on the body, mind and spirit — just look at Chinese medicine — the entire system is based around the energetics of food. There are also many factors outside of diet that affect health, although the connection is not always immediately made by most modern day health experts outside of the fields of Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.
That being said, there are some common things that any and all dietitians, nutritionists, Ayurvedic practitioners, Acupuncturists, etc. all agree on. This overlap is very important to acknowledge, as it hold some key insights into what it truly means to be healthy. Practices for achieving and maintaining exceptionally high levels of health will in some way acknowledge or adhere to these 10 principles. They are simple, but powerful and best of all, easy to integrate into your life.