We all say we want to be “healthy,” but what does that entail? Is “health” simply the absence of illness? If so, then there are a lot of unhealthy people here in the U.S., where nearly half of all adults have at least one chronic disease. In fact, according to the CDC, 70% of all deaths each year are caused by cancers, heart disease and stroke.
But here’s the most distressing thing: Many cancers are largely preventable. What we put into our bodies and how we use them have a big impact on whether (and how) we get sick.
Maybe one of the problems is that we don’t really know what we’re talking about when we talk about “health.” Just what is a ” healthy lifestyle?”
The Wholeness of Health
As a Biomimetic Dentist, I take a “whole-body” approach to dentistry, treating the teeth and gums in relationship with the rest of the body. Simply put — oral health affects systemic (overall) health, and vice versa.
Below are 4 key facets of a healthy lifestyle. While acting on them is no guarantee of perfect health, research shows it can dramatically lower your overall disease risk.
4 Facets of a Healthy Lifestyle
Good diet/ nutrition — A good diet is based on whole foods, including a lot of veggies, fruits and whole grains. It’s low in added sugars and other refined carbohydrates. Junk foods are a rare indulgence, if eaten at all.
Physical activity — Though the majority of us lead sedentary lives, this isn’t normal. We evolved to move. Regular exercise and physical activity are a must for our bodies.
Avoiding toxins — No tobacco. No illicit drugs. Alcohol in moderation. Minimize exposure to toxic chemicals as you are able.
Rest and sleep — Constant “busy-ness” is a surefire recipe for burnout. We require time off for fun, for relaxation, for simply being. Get enough quality sleep also matters, since that’s when our bodies do most of their repair work.
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