In Pursuit of Health and Wellbeing
It is important to acknowledge that each one of us should take responsibility to protect, feed and nurture our own physical body and seek help around mental and emotional support if we do not cope on our own.
Considering the Illness-Wellness continuum we need to know how to reach out to what support us to move towards a feeling of abundant wellness and health. We should also avoid what pulls us down and leave us tired and suffering from a disease process, in order to heal and gain wellness.
How do we move up the wellness ladder and maintain health and wellbeing?
Attend to important physical, emotional and spiritual needs;
Food provides nutrition, information and energy to the body. The quality and quantity of the food we eat is important.
The best sources, to improve the quality, are fresh, clean (free of hormones, steroids, antibiotics, chemical preservatives, and colourants, pesticides and insecticides), whole food. It needs to be unprocessed, free range, grass-fed and non-genetically modified to be best recognized by the body and not load the body with non-nutrient molecules that should be processed/ detoxified by the liver and excreted by the kidneys and intestines, without adding to function and health.
It is important to consume a variety of foods, ideally from plant and animal sources, on a daily level. Foods consist of macronutrients (fats, protein, carbohydrates and fibre) which provide the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and mesontrients).
Eighty present of the body consists of water. The body loses water through breathing, sweating, digestion and urination which needs to be replenished by drinking enough water. Water supports hydration, protects tissue, aids digestion, regulation of temperature and detoxification of the body. Clean unpolluted water, free of added chemicals is important.
Exercise offers incredible benefits that can improve nearly every aspect of your health. Physical activity involves moving the body. Regular physical activity can increase the production of hormones that make you feel happier, help you with relaxation and improve sleep. Being active support the maintenance of a healthy weight. It is good for your muscles and bones. It increases energy levels and improve brain health and memory. Important is that it reduce the risk of chronic disease
There are 4 types of exercise that is supportive of health; Stretching (improves flexibility), balancing, resistance training (builds strength) and aerobic exercise such as running, swimming and dancing (are activities that work your cardiovascular system)
It is never too late to start a regular exercise program. People of all ages can improve health and fitness by including moderate amounts of physical activity in their daily lives. Do not attempt to go from nothing to extreme. Build up the amount of exercise to achieve a flexible, fit, healthy and stronger body.
It is important to check with your doctor before beginning a strenuous exercise program.
Scientists do understand some of sleep’s critical functions and the reasons we need it for optimal health and wellbeing. Sleep is an active period in which a lot of important processing, restoration, and strengthening occurs. Optimal sleep should occur naturally and without struggle on a consistent basis.
It provides the opportunity to solidify and consolidate an incredible amount of information, took in by our brains through the day, to be transferred from more tentative, short-term memory to stronger, long-term memory.
Our bodies require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, synthesize hormones and adapt to the stressors of life. We also need to sleep to detox (flush toxins) the brain and body from toxins collected during the waking period.
The experience of friendships, community and belonging to provides emotional support and reduce the experience of stress. It adds to wellbeing and health.
Our religious convictions or believe system can influence our self-perception and may affect our health care decision making. Spirituality may be a dynamic in our understanding of and healing from a disease process.
A healthy environment is central to increasing quality of life and add to a healthy life. ’’Globally, 23% of all deaths and 26% of deaths among children under age 5 are due to preventable environmental factors’’. Environmental factors are diverse and far reaching.
- Exposure to hazardous substances in the air, water, soil, and food
- Toxic substances and hazardous wastes
- Homes and communities
- Infrastructure and surveillance
- Natural and technological disasters
- Climate change
- Occupational hazards
Remove the underlying causes, triggers and mediators resulting in disease;
- Sleep deprivation
- Poor dental health; gum disease,
- broken or rotted teeth and chronic low grade dental root infections
- Microbes/ Infections/ Mould
- Poor water and nutrition sources
Support the functional imbalances and disrupted organ systems to balance and heal;
Have a customized, comprehensive treatment plan that address therapeutic diets, nutritional supplements, stress management techniques, sleep, exercise, botanical medicine and drugs where necessary. It is also important to address the environmental toxins, provide detoxification support and balance hormonal secretion.
It is crucial that the patient takes responsibility for him/ herself and plays an active part in the improvement of his/her health to change the outcome of the disease process.
An exercise, nutritional and lifestyle coach can play an indispensable role in supporting the process of change.
Functional medicine principals support us to look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, nutrition and lifestyle factors that can improve long-term health and address complex, chronic disease. In this way Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
- 7 Lifestyle Strategies for better Sleep (DrJockers)
- Why do we need sleep? (National Sleep Foundation)
- The 4 most important types of exercise (Harvard Health Letter)
- The top 10 benifits of Regular Exercise (Healthline.com)
- Why is water Important? (Healthline.com)
- 5 Benifits of Healthy Relationships
- The Role of Spirituality in Healthcare (US National Library of Medicine)
- Enviromental Health (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)
- Mesonutrients (The Whole Journey)
- The 4 Key Types of Phytonutrients (Health24)
- Phytonutrients as Therapeutic Agents (US National Library of Medicine)