But your doctor is not there to make you healthy.
They are there to treat your symptoms. You go to the doctor so they can treat your sickness. But there’s something they are probably not telling you.
70% of disease is preventable. And much of it is also reversible. Chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and respiratory diseases are greatly influenced by your lifestyle.
What that means for you is that you are not a prisoner to your diagnosis or your prognosis. Unless you choose to be.
If you merely treat symptoms and change nothing else, what do you think will happen? You will either have to continue to treat it forever, or it will go away and come back. Yet that’s what we do – we treat symptoms.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t seek medical treatment. On the contrary, medical treatments save lives. But that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. You can do more for your long term health than anyone can do for you.
Unfortunately, doctors and health professionals often do not have the time, resources, or training to work with you on lifestyle factors. And because behavior and lifestyle change can be difficult, they may not even suggest it.
Even though you doctor may not be telling you that changes in lifestyle can prevent and even reverse some of the most common chronic diseases, that doesn’t mean you should settle for a prescription and see what happens.
The function of protecting and developing health must rank even above that of restoring it when it is impaired. —Hippocrates
Some of the lifestyle factors that are critical to preventing disease include:
- Nutrition – eat real food that comes from nature, including lots of fruits and vegetables (these are nature’s prescriptions). And know what you’re putting into your body.
- Physical activity – move some every day. If you’re not very active in your daily activities, choose to do some sort of exercise that gets your heart pumping.
- Strong Muscles and Bones – make it a priority to strengthen your muscles and bones. Strength training can be done with very little equipment.
- Smoking – stop it. Enough said.
- Alcohol – take it easy. Alcohol makes your body work extremely hard. Enjoy and occasional drink if you want to but give your body a break.
The body is made to heal itself. Its natural state is one of health and if you give it what it needs to thrive, it has a much better chance of achieving it. Look at each lifestyle factor and think about what you can do differently now to create health in your body and prevent illness later.