The human body is amazing. Its innate ability to adapt to stimuli in the environment and maintain a healthy balance of thousands of metabolic processes in the body that support daily life. The majority of these processes are autonomic, so we don’t have to make any physical or mental effort to maintain them. The human body is built to survive and adapt to stress, but it is a product of its environment. So when you take care of your body, it functions at a high level with a strong immune system, healthy metabolism, and sharp cognitive function. When you don’t take care of your body, it starts to function at a low level with a weakened immune response, low metabolism, and declining cognitive function.
This adaptability of the body makes most chronic diseases preventable with proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Even better, lots of chronic disease is reversable when you get the body back to a healthy body weight and activity level with diet and exercise. It is never too late to start. So this is where we all have the opportunity to take an active role in maintaining the health of our body to control the aging process, prevent chronic disease, and improve quality of life.
The food you put in your mouth has a direct effect not only how your body and brain functions in the moment, but also a direct effect on your genetics moving forward. The number one cause of
inflammation and fatigue in most patients is related to their daily food intake choices.
Exercise plays a key role in brain function, as well as maintenance of muscle mass and bone density. When you exercise and move the body daily, your body produces a chemical called BDNF that promotes brain growth and repair. When you are inactive, your brain actually shrinks in both size and function. When muscles and bones are worked with resistance training on a regular basis, they stay strong and functional. When you are inactive and don’t put stress on the body, you lose muscle mass and bone density. It is a use it or lose it system.
Tips to take an active role in your health:
Maintain a healthy body weight. Excess body fat is very inflammatory and is one of the main causes of type II diabetes, Hypertension, and High Cholesterol. Losing even 1 to 2 pounds of body fat has been shown to have positive health benefits.
Eat a healthy, real-food based diet. Eliminate chemical based processed foods and concentrate more on fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Take time every week to think about what you are going to eat and prep and plan for success.
Get active. The good news here is that a little goes a long way. Try to get in at minimum of
three weight resistance workouts weekly (30 minutes or more) to maintain lean muscle, strength, and bone density. Daily cardiovascular exercise of 20 to 30 minutes to promote
cognitive and cardiovascular health.
Have structure plan and learn from your mistakes. Just like everything else in life, you need to have a structured plan for success. Don’t give up! Managing your healthy lifestyle is a
marathon, not a sprint, so over time you will make adjustments to your plan so it works for you.
Give your body the daily attention it deserves and treat it right, and you will be happy with how your body will take care of you!