Hippocrates: ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’
In a world where a pill or some type of medicine is prescribed for everything, it’s refreshing to know that a more natural, holistic movement is starting. Finally, medical professionals and patients alike are taking it back to Hippocrates’ original prescription for various ailments.
A prescription for lifestyle modifications is what’s really needed if we want to become individuals and in turn a healthier society. Medications aren’t always going to solve a problem or even keep it from reoccurring. This is why I counsel my patients on different changes they can make in their everyday lives that has the potential to have a huge impact on their health. For instance, I encourage my patients to increase their water consumption to half their body weight in ounces, engage in some type of physical activity for at least 30 minutes 5 times a week, avoid/limit alcohol,
pee urinate before and after sex, avoid douching, etc. Lifestyle modifications are the key to both preventing and treating an ailment sometimes.
Dr. Kim A. Williams tried an experiment where he switched to a vegan diet in an effort to treat his high cholesterol levels. Within 6 weeks, his LDL (the bad cholesterol) dropped from 170 to 90 with this simple lifestyle change. Now I know that becoming a vegan isn’t a viable or even appealing option for everyone (I’m definitely not making that change anytime soon), but small changes here and there can help you become a better, healthier you in the long run. Limit the amounts of red meats and fried foods in your diet. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Take the stairs, instead of the elevator. Drink more water! Find a physical activity that you enjoy (if it’s sex, make sure you’re practicing safe sex) and try to do that 3-5 times a week. Learn to manage your stress more effectively. Your body and loved ones will thank you later. Who knows? You may even inspire someone else to begin a healthy journey of their own.
Follow these tips to reduce your risk of heart disease and many other illnesses:
- Incorporate a plant-based diet (more fruits and veggies!)
- Manage your stress better
Keep these suggestions in mind if and when your healthcare provider diagnoses you with something. Have an open and honest discussion about what can be done to help yourself. You are a partner in your healthcare, not just a spectator.
Remember to keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out! 🙂
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Prevention/46860 Here’s a link to Dr. Williams’ blog regarding his switch to vegan.