Do you have a New Year’s resolution to become healthier this year? Too often we only spend time thinking about our health once we actually become sick. But consciously doing things all the time that will help us stay healthy will go a long way to help keep us from getting sick in the first place.
‘Preventative medicine’ is defined as the part of medicine engaged with preventing disease rather than curing it.
Nutrition is considered the first line of defense and an integral part of preventative medicine.
Good nutrition provides energy, and it also provides basic building blocks, i.e., vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants that will keep the body healthy and vibrant.
In many cases nutritionally unbalanced food choices directly contribute to an imbalance in overall health. Yo-yo dieting that creates drastic ups and downs in body weight is not healthy. Improper diet practices can cause malnutrition, organ damage, slow metabolic rate, inflammation and other imbalances within the body. Biochemical and energetic imbalances may present themselves as pain, sleep disturbances, mood changes, abnormal digestion, headaches and menstrual irregularities.
Regular exercise, and other forms of stress relief, such as yoga or meditation, can be helpful in keeping us in balance and reducing stress.
Whether it is a daily walk, stretching exercises, swimming, yoga, meditation or another form of relaxation, doing something on a regular basis can help to keep us in balance.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine plays a role in preventative medicine.
Through the process of evaluating subtle physical signs, as well as the emotional condition of a person, practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can detect health problems in their early stages, before illness fully develops. Once an imbalance has been determined, a customized program can be created with a variety of treatment modalities including Acupuncture, herbal therapy, tui na, in addition to food, exercise and lifestyle suggestions. Even a few Acupuncture treatments a year can help to keep the body in balance.
Spending time to focus on doing the things that will help keep us healthy goes a long way to keep us from becoming sick.