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Hippocrates once said "Let Food Be Thy Medicine". He was one of the earliest Lifestyle Medicine practitioners! Improving lifestyle related disease involves optimizing nutrition. Thousands of studies over decades show this involves limiting processed foods and eating more plants - this is why I teach a whole food plant - based nutrition.
Moving more offers endless health benefits! Almost every system of our body benefits from regular exercise or increased physical activity. See improvement in hypertension, cardio vascular risks, insulin resistance, osteoporosis, mood, sleep, stress ... the list goes on! This is Lifestyle Medicine at it's finest!
Adequate sleep is foundational to good health through Lifestyle Medicine. Learning skills which are instrumental to a proper night of sleep can be life changing. Sleep not only plays a roll with memory and cognitive ability but has huge affects on hunger and stress hormones.
We can't eliminate stress from our live BUT we can learn how to manage it! Finding stress management techniques that work for you are first and foremost in your journey toward better health!
Research is clear that when it comes to longevity and long term health, the people we are surrounded by matters. Good social connections are key. Family, supportive friends, workout buddies, your tribe all make a difference in physical and mental health! I love that this is a component of Lifestyle Medicine!
Tobacco, alcohol, and other recreational drugs all have negative consequences to our health. Heart disease, lung disease, cancers, and other inflammatory processes can be caused by these exposures. Lifestyle medicine works to eliminate or find moderation.