What is Wellness?

Many of our customers are expressing interest in “Wellness”, that is, in keeping well and avoiding illness. One customer today requested a “Better version of my current self” as opposed to the old boring self, or the general request for absence of disease when we consider being healthy. This is superior thinking, or in contrast again from most doctor’s visits, where patients simply ask for a remedy for their particular disease state.

The search for “Wellness” is very commendable, so this month I’ll provide a few suggestions. Some of these come from my community talks, which we often title, “How to live to 120”. To which an Alzheimer’s patient might reply “It’s no use living to 100 if you can’t remember you’ve done it”. So I think we all agree quality of life is as important as quantity.

In our clinic we stress three major areas. Good diet, good exercise and good supplements. These 3 areas are major but regrettably generalizing in these 3 areas is risky as no two persons will need exactly the same solution in these 3 areas. However in general terms everyone should seek the best diet possible, to meet their budget, in time, money and energy. We stress the need for organic food, and this is cheapest to achieve if you grow your own, but once again depends on your resources, and the size of your back yard.

Super foods (or functional foods) we’d like everyone to use, every day, include: Green Tea, rolled flaxseeds, garlic, small fish, sea salt, turmeric, beef broth, red berries, yoghurt, apple cider vinegar, chia, quinoa, rice, beans and lentils, vegetables and fruit. On your food pyramid for the day, about 2/3 at least of your food should be vegetables and fruit for most people and 8 glasses of pure water should be included. Ask our practitioners for our booklet “Your guide to Wellness” which gives more specific diet details.

Relax and have fun

Exercise shouldn’t be a chore, aim for 30 minutes fun activity most days a week. Some fun activities could include, playing with a pet, spending time in nature, playing sport in the park, going to a yoga class, watch a movie with a friend, see a comedy show, read a book, 10 minutes in the sun, or just deep breathing and meditation. All these activities add balance to our lives, reduce stress and achieve wellness. Ask our practitioners about our wellness wheel, which illustrates in diagram form, how to achieve balance in your life. That’s the key to healthy ageing and disease prevention.


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