How we frame our understanding of all diseases comes from the foundational areas which we have coined the “6 ways to health”.
Looking at these ‘6 ways to health’ will help you better understand how to tackle your health issues and what to look for. Consider the 6 ways like the foundations that hold up a house, checking for the ones that are weaker will point to where to start and usually needs an expert who knows what to look for.
Check out all the many conditions and diseases we look for at our “what we treat” section.
Understanding “THE 6 WAYS TO HEALTH”
If your cells don’t have access to the nutrients they need it literal means nothing can get made! Not one hormone, not one molecule of energy, not one immune system or repair protein can get produced and nothing can work optimally if work at all!
We cannot emphasis enough the power correct nutrient intake has on mood pathways, energy pathway and basically every single thing that occurs in the body. When we are asked “could my diet be causing my health problems? ” The answer is an resounding YES!
The nutritional pillar is one of the first things to check and gives such a great return on your investment,
For example if you are fatigued due to a nutritional problem – you can’t exercise it away nor can you use therapy to talk it away – the body needs nutrients full stop!
Also, if you are dealing with lots of emotional stress then guess what, your nutrient need just increased.
Wow how important is our sleep not just quantity but quality,
Whilst there are things you can do to help yourself get to sleep (beware of drug pills) taking a pill or supplement can’t make us get into bed and make it happen.
If you feel tired and wired or that you could do with just a bit more energy, taking a close look at your “sleep hygiene” (what you do before bed and how your bedroom is set up) is a must.
Poor sleep can result in fatigue, impaired memory, impaired physical performance, low motivation, poor concentration and a weakened immune system. It also negatively affects our mood, making us fly off the handle quicker, reducing our tolerance to normal things and cause depressive like feelings.
Check out more info on sleep here.
We are designed to move (and outdoors for that matter to get our vitamin D!) and our ancestors were moving most of their waking hours, understanding this can help us design our lives different.
If you are in a sedentary job consider stand up desks and keep other times in your life centred more around movement rather than sitting activities. This can be a difficult concept for us to grasp as so much of our cultural habit now center around sitting in front of computers, iPads and TVs.
Opening our mind first to the possibility that it can be done is challenging but an open mind can do anything. If you are fatigued take a step by step approach by working on your diet and sleep to assist with energy first and move from there. Use it or lose it!
Stress can be physical or emotional and there is no getting around it – if you are alive you have to deal with stress in one form or another and our bodies are designed to cope and adapt with some amount of stress in our lives.
A lack of specific nutrients, food intolerances can cause stress. An argument with someone, a breakup with a partner or friend, a losing a job or a loved one can all cause emotional stress.
If we find we are often feeling stressed then we need to develop techniques to manage stress.
There are two components to this:
- First we must accept that things are going to happen that we don’t necessarily like and this is how life rolls. This understanding brings a kind of acceptance which is very valuable and assists us in problem solving rather than over worrying.
- The second element, is to learn stress management techniques (especially if you didn’t develop this in childhood) such as those taught in the mind power ecourse and meditation classes or things like yoga Qigong, Tai Chi or even walking down at the beach can all be a part of a stress management practice.
As humans we are hardwired for the need to connect with others, feel a sense of belonging and to have a sense of purpose. This happened organically for our ancestors, in tribes and communities but in western life there is a real sense of loss in this area causing isolation and loneliness.
Psychologists and counsellors understand the importance in connections and how it contributes to our health or lack of it. There is much we can do to check our “human connection barometer”. Even if you can’t connect with family or extended family you can connect to others through community groups such as sports clubs, work colleagues, school children’s families, hobby clubs and associatios.There are many community organisations around and if you find it difficult to find something have an expert help you.
Our teenagers and young adults are particularly in need of this and we need ot guide them into the ones that show respect and empathy otherwise the ones they find may not be the healthiest or the best!
Social media just won’t make the grade as a replacement! We encourage parents and carers to seek guidance (psych med bulk bill) in establishing the human connection vitamin 🙂
Apparently we are exposed to more chemicals and environmental pollutants in one day than our ancestors where in their whole lifetime!
There are many places you can start in helping to reduce your chemical load:
- Check your cleaning products, gardening products, beauty and hygiene products.
- Move to organic food or at least look at the ‘dirty dozen’ and ‘clean 15’.
- Stop smoking or move to herbal cigarettes
- Consider your electromagnetic radiation load, switching off your WFii off at night, putting your phone on airplane mode at night, limit TV watching and remove the TV’s from your bedroom.
- …..the list goes on.
To avoid getting overwhelmed just change over the things that are less important to you, as you run out of one thing move to a healthier replacement. .
What About GENETICS?
Of course our genes play a role in how we look, how our body functions, grows and develops – we can’t change our DNA.
But guess what, the “6 ways to Health” influence and determine how our genes wokr and how they impact our health.
Smoking, over- eating, alcohol consumption and nutrient depleted diets all negatively impact how our genes work or are expressed, this is called ‘epigenetics’ and this means our genetic risk factors can be modified and changed. In fact knowing about some of our genes, such as the popular MTHFR, can help us understand if we are in much greater need of a particular nutrient. We can therefore eat a diet rich in that specific nutrient needed or even supplement with higher amounts.