Optimal human health requires a holistic approach, that is, the cultivation of a healthy body, mind, and spirit. These three factors can either be counterproductive or work synergistically to promote optimal gene expression and enable you to unleash your full potential.
An individualized, nutrient-dense diet is the foundation. Whether a nutritional regimen is simple or a little more complicated varies greatly from person to person; short- and long-term goals in weight management or fitness, overall activity level, gut health, and any/all chronic health issues will be major factors in our nutritional approach. For many, restoring healthy gut function is the first step towards optimal health.
We'll also focus on establishing a sensible workout regimen that is appropriate for your personal health- and fitness-related goals. Whether you’re simply looking to improve your general health or optimize athletic performance, a combination of low-level aerobic exercise, strength training, and occasional all-out efforts can have you feeling and performing better than ever without risking burnout or injury due to overtraining.
Sleep and stress management also play pivotal roles in a holistic health protocol. While nutrition is responsible for determining 80-90% of body composition, sleep and stress play much larger roles in our overall health, particular in our sense of well-being. Quality sleep is a requirement for consistent energy, optimal hormone function, and proper recovery of both body and brain, while poorly managed stress levels can lead to a myriad of health issues, including increased fat storage and generally being a no-fun grumpypants that no one wants to be around.
Emotional growth and a positive mindset are the glue that holds everything together. Improving one’s mental state can truly kick your overall health and feeling of well-being into high gear. This can be done through a number of methods, including meditation, gratitude journaling, and the cultivation of mindfulness. So close your eyes and take a few deep breathes (seriously, do this now). This beautiful life has so much to offer, and stress makes a better door than a window.
Improving on any one of these factors is always going to enhance the other two. By working to improve all three, we can create a health-optimizing lifestyle that is greater than the sum of its parts.