Dr Bret Wilson

Health through Diet and Lifestyle Changes

Health through Diet and Lifestyle Changes

Dr Bret Wilson“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates

Take control of your health through diet and lifestyle changes. Our health is a reflection of the way we feed and maintain our mind and body. There are choices we make every day that have effects on our current state and the health and function we will enjoy in the future. Educate yourself about the best ways to help yourself to a healthier happier you.

We are unique and have individual needs for eating, exercise, lifestyle and social interaction. You can use various diet and exercise programs, but in the end, you must adapt a healthy lifestyle and stay with it. The best program is the beginning of a new paradigm and not simply a get through it and then forget it proposition. Use the program to learn how, what and when to eat to get your body’s best response.

The healthier programs provide you with guidelines to adopt into your daily routines. Monitor your response through a variety of health factors such as weight loss, reduced blood pressure, less inflammation, better digestion, reduced joint and muscle pain, mood and energy improvement. Consider consulting your doctor to perform a health examination and screening blood tests to determine your numbers as a baseline before and after the program to help monitor your response. Discuss with your doctor any health concerns that may need monitored or may affect the program you choose.

Programs will inform you as to foods to emphasize and those to limit or avoid. Drink plenty of water. Increase physical activity and exercise. Get adequate sleep. Initiate a program with a commitment to follow the program for at least 10 to 30 days to yourself an opportunity to see the response of your body. Remember the main goal is to learn what your body needs to be at its best and help you to modify diet and lifestyle to a healthier level.

Here are some examples of diet and lifestyle programs to consider:

DASH Diet- this is a diet developed to improve blood pressure. The acronym DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf

Daniel Diet – This diet looks at the mind body and spirit connection and its effect on our health. It takes inspiration the Bible and modern day nutrition research. http://www.danielsdiet.com/daniels_diet.htm

Purification Diet – The 21 day program includes diet modifications and supplements.   There evidence that it helps stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. The diet and supplements work together to help with detoxification and support your general health.http://www.standardprocess.com/Products/Literature/Patient-Purification-Program-Guide

Elimination Diet –If you suspect you may suffer from food allergies or food intolerances, this is a program to help you clean up your diet and identify foods that are having a negative effect on your health. http://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet

These are just a few examples of the types of programs you may find helpful in your journey to health. If you read through all of them you will see there are certain common features to a healthier diet. The program is a template to help you adopt better habits. Review them and others to find one that makes sense to you and give it a try. Enlist the help of your doctor to screen for any health concerns that you need to know. Then commit to a better diet and lifestyle that help you be healthier and happier.

Yours In Health

Bret A Wilson, DC