by Dr. Randy
Are you promoting your health in the best possible ways? It is helpful to periodically review your health plan. Look at specific areas of your lifestyle including your diet, sleep patterns, exercise, and relaxation. Review how you are treating health problems including medications and holistic care. And review your spiritual practices: relaxation, exposure to nature, and meditation/mindfulness.
Some of these personal practices are preventive, and some may be directed at problems, but the line between prevention and treatment can blur because many things that you do can serve both functions. Each of us can move in a direction of better health, despite the inevitability of aging for adults and our lack of control over some areas of our children’s lives.
Let’s talk about each of the areas that effect health and wellness in a little more detail. I have summarized them below, but I am happy to arrange a time to personalize a wellness program for you that considers your unique health patterns, your goals and priorities, and your busy life.
A range of holistic treatment forms have the ability to address imbalances and cure symptoms. These treatments include targeted nutritional supplements, homeopathic medicines, and Chinese and western herbal formulas. The goal of an individualized treatment plan is to increase the overall level of health and treat specific disease symptoms.
Diet adjustments and recommendations need to consider individual lifestyle, food preferences, food sensitivities, and cultural styles. Of course, a whole foods, natural diet is best, with a minimum of processed foods free of artificial chemicals. Different individuals have varying needs for specific amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrates and other specific nutrients. So an individualized eating program is necessary for long term health.
There is no question that an exercise program is necessary to maintain healthy bodily functions, ensure good sleep, and foster mental focus and emotional well-being. For some people this may involve daily walking, and for others a more rigorous program of cardio, aerobics, sports, resistance training, yoga, or exercise classes. Children and adults need to keep their bodies moving.
Adequate and quality sleep are not always available to everyone. Young children wake parents, worries occur in the middle of the night, or some people have difficulty calming thoughts to fall asleep. There are excellent supplements and techniques to solve sleep problems and ensure good rest for alertness and energy the following day.
Relaxation training, meditation, and specific methods for focusing on the present moment are some of the techniques that can help achieve a more peaceful mental state. In our modern lifestyle where many people are bombarded by stressful situations, electromagnetic radiation, and a rushed, fast pace of life it is essential to take some time to slow down and become more centered. Getting out into nature has tremendous health benefits. But all of these activities require a time commitment and scheduling these into the daily flow of life.
Develop a Wellness Plan
I would love to help you develop your individualized wellness program. I am available for local office visits in the SF Bay Area or by phone or video consultation for those living at a distance. Let’s get you on track to create a higher level of well-being and health. I am happy to be your partner in creating and maintaining a wellness program that fits your life.