Optimal health – an overview
What exactly does this word mean to you? Many people often hyperfocus on weight and diet when referring to health. But health really refers to an individual’s overall well-being.
A lot of factors determine the status of a person’s overall health, including adequate nutrition, higher lean-to-fat mass ratios, physical activity and mental well-being.
While focusing on one of these areas may produce beneficial results, your optimal health and well-being should be comprehensive. Let’s take a look at the various aspects of overall health and how they work together.
Proper nutrition – What does this look like?
We all have to eat. For some of us, making healthy food choices and appropriately balancing intake is not difficult. For others, it is our biggest challenge to control what we put in our mouths to fuel our bodies. If this is something you struggle with, we recommend shifting your thought process. Focus on the notion that everything you put into your body will either help your body to fight off disease and illness OR feed disease and illness.
While we do not advocate ‘diets’ since they are temporary, we do believe that a cornerstone to any plan to optimize health has to include eating ‘whole’, healthy foods in proper amounts at the proper time and appropriately balanced. For more information regarding our outlook on nutrition and lifestyle, specifically, click here.
If you are seeking a better understanding of the potential benefits of proper nutrition, we can help you with a specialized plan and help you set goals. We understand that sometimes the mere thought of discussing your diet and general nutrition can be a daunting task to take on alone. Proactive Wellness Centers is here to help navigate the nutritional complexities for you.
It is recommended that most people participate in at least 30 minutes of exercise per day as part of a healthy lifestyle. You likely will not see the results you desire when it comes to overall health without incorporating exercise. Even if you are eating a healthy diet, you can still have a high-fat-mass to lean-mass ratio. Or you could work out daily but eat foods that don’t properly fuel your body and end up with the same results.
Increasing, or at the very least, maintaining functional movement and mobility will add value and quality to your life for years to come. The old saying ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’ can be adapted here with: if you don’t move it, you lose it. So get moving!
Mental health is arguably the most critical component when it comes to a person’s overall health and wellness. Cognitive awareness and mental clarity are essential to make decisions and accomplish tasks. We are inundated day after day with positive and negative influences on our mental health. So how do you find a balance?
It’s important to be able to filter the many influences on your mental health. Be mindful of the way a person, interaction, responsibility or situation impacts your mood or feelings. If you find you are being compromised in any way that throws off a state of mental wellness, it’s important to determine whether that influence really belongs in your life. If it does, then you need to find a healthy way to respond when there is potential for it to impact your mental wellness in a negative way.
Mental health is something we take seriously here at Proactive Wellness Centers. We understand that each person’s situation is unique and so every plan looks a little different, depending on your needs.
We take pride in helping our patients achieve optimal health through our customizable solutions. Our knowledgeable staff is here to help.
If you have any questions at all about your current health or overall well-being and would like to speak with a professional today, please feel free to reach out to us HERE. We look forward to speaking with you.