‘The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts” Albert Einstein
Wellness medicine includes lifestyle factors which are essential to a healthy mind, body and spirit.
The human body was designed to include these wellness factors in our long term survival. Without them, there is an imbalance that can lead to dysfunctional cells, organs, tissues or sub-optimal body performance.
Sunlight is necessary to maintain vitamin D levels for healthy bones, immune system and also provides our body with the stimulation of brain chemicals for healthy circadian rhythms and sleep.
Chronic or acute stress plays a major physiological role in our metabolism affecting the adrenal glands, thyroid, liver and cardiovascular system. Relaxation decreases cortisol levels, maintains blood sugar levels and regulates hormones and healthy brain pathways.
Sleep restores and regenerates the body. Sleep is underestimated as an important part of a weight loss and optimal health program. In fact sleep is just as important as exercise and nutrition in terms of weight loss. Sleep provides energy, hormonal regulation, healthy mood, bone and muscle recovery and healthy brain chemistry.
Take a deep breath. Unconsciously we take in air. Clean, filtered and pure air support a healthy respiratory system. Naturally we crave what keeps us alive. An ocean breeze, smell of the eucalyptus or a lamb roast can encourage a deep breathe in and out. A concious thought throughout the day to take a few deep breaths can help to relax the body, mind and stimulate oxygen and blood flow to vital organs. Breathing can tone the body’s organs, blood and nervous system.
Nutrition is the architecture of the body. Tissues, organs and systems of the body are made up of nutrients which we get from the food we eat. Choosing nutritionally dense foods can help to achieve the bare essential requirements. Stress, poor sleep, alcohol, coffee, sugar can all deplete the body of essential nutrients. Long term, a depleted nutrient state can lead to illness. Research shows malnutrition states in certain chronic illness and an increased demand or depletion for essential nutrients on the body in other chronic disease states. Nutritional medicine is the art of using food and therapeutic nutrient doses to bridge the gaps to provide the body with what it needs. This allows the body the tools it needs to fix it’s own tissues, organs and systems.
Exercise medicine is the medicine of movement. Stimulating lymphatic blood flow to organs, muscles and soft tissue. Exercise medicine can regulate the nervous system, musculoskeletal system and support internal organs by encouraging healthy blood flow and delivery of nutrients and removal of toxins. Encouraging healthy cellular metabolism, immunity and stimulating new neural cells and healthy brain chemistry. Exercise medicine is necessary to support the continuous bodily functions and delivery of essential nutrients to the body.
Connection between yourself, others and your spirit. With love, patience and self-nurture the human body can connect and heal itself. Being aware and learning to process emotions can help your body and mind reconnect to a state of health. Creativity, self-love and forgiveness have been shown to improve quality of life in chronic illness. Mindfulness, prayer, creative activities and connecting with others can stimulate the immune system, reduce pain, improve endocrine function and release feel good chemicals in the brain.