The Health Dilemma
More people die each year because of their lifestyle choices rather than infectious pathogens and diseases. Consumers spend trillions of pounds on food that makes them sick, and then spend another trillion to treat the illnesses caused by their diets. Lifestyle choices, such as our diet, are the cause of most heart attacks, cancers, and diabetes.
Most consumers today don't know how unhealthy their diet and exercise choices is making them.
Personalised nutrition and lifestyle guidance have been proven to aid in this growing problem. However, in today's institutionalised health system, this approach to medicine has not yet become widely accepted. The reason for this is that neither the food nor health care industries can benefit from preventing or curing diseases. Therefore, very little corporate-sponsored research is conducted about lifestyle and nutrition interventions. Furthermore, government research is slow and understaffed.
This health revolution has its hurdles and limits.
Another side of the problem is that personalised medicine is too complicated to implement within the existing medical system since it requires additional research, trials, and changes in infrastructure.
Every person's genetic makeup and metabolism interact differently with his or her diet, environment, and lifestyle. This results in many unexpected responses such as disease, fatigue, or other illnesses.
The Tilting Point
Despite these hurdles in personalised medicine, an increased interest is occurring among private practitioners and consumers. This is resulting in a growing trend towards "democratised" medicine, and it is now easier than ever for people to take control of your health as opposed to relying on the current system.
Many sick individuals are already attempting different alternatives. This is evident by the growing popularity of the supplements industry, also known as nutraceuticals. This market has grown to $100B+ worldwide at over 8% CAGR. Although this is a good start, a more proactive approach is needed.
People around the world are desperately seeking better ways to get healthy, but most of them lack the knowledge to be effective.
The growing access to information makes this even more of a reality, as it allows consumers to learn and educate themselves about their health options including personalised medicine.
The question is, what can you do now to make a difference in your health?
Here are five easy steps that you can take today toward better health.
1. Educate Yourself
It all starts with you as an educated individual. Optimising your health is a lot easier when you adopt a personalised approach based on your bio- individuality. This is because what works best for someone, might not function as well for you. So, unless your choices are influenced by your uniqueness, the changes you adopt might not necessarily be beneficial to you. Whether you are looking to lose weight, get more energy, or prevent disease, a personalised approach can help you make the right choices to attain your goal. DNA testing and Nutrigenomic are crucial steps to cracking your health code.
2. Learn Your Weaknesses
We all have our strengths and weaknesses. When it comes to your physiological processes, it is important for you to learn about where you might need support. Learn to optimise your body by using the right tools, and understand just how far you can push yourself. By exploring your genetic makeup, you will know what needs improvement and how to improve it.
3. Genes Do Not Equal Fate
When it comes to your health, nothing is set in stone. Because you have a gene variant that is associated with a disease, it does not mean you are predestined to develop said disease. Other factors such as diet, lifestyle, and environment must also line up with your gene variant for it to express itself. With that being said, this is only a worst-case scenario. This why you must first learn about your health priorities and the habits need to be implemented to optimise your health.
4. The Power of Tracking
For most of us, improving our health involves going to the gym and adopting proper nutrition. However, life often gets in the way and puts an end to those good intentions. For some, this happens within weeks. For others who are more self-disciplined, they stick to the plan until they reach a plateau and then repeat the same cycle without getting the results they want.
Tracking is the best way to avoid these cycle. Keeping a record of your diet and exercise routine can make a difference and keep you on the right path. This is not only true for your health, but also with any other goal you might have in life.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight in time for the holiday season, you can track your body-fat percentage. You could also track a few other body measurements like waist, upper thigh, hips and chest. Visual progress is also helpful, so take before and after pictures regularly. It does not have to go on Facebook, though!
You might want to look at the nutrition side of things and make sure you are getting your macronutrients ratio right (protein, carbohydrates, and fats). This requires a bit of organisation and knowing what is enough so that you can avoid cumbersome processes like weighing your food.
It is also important to learn what markers are important to you. If insulin sensitivity is not a problem for you, then there’s no need to track it on a regular basis. On the other hand, if chronic inflammation is a potential issue, then that should be your priority.
So, track it or lose it!
5. Change Your Mind-Set and Play the Infinite Game
Many people will take their health for granted and think the health care system will take care of it. In reality, this mindset will lead you to a path of dependence and disease.
Your health is your responsibility, so step outside of the status quo and regain control of it. It is in your best interest to start small by understanding what your priorities are, then start adopting the changes that count. Adopt a mindset of constant growth, and allow trial and error to occur. Health optimisation is a journey. A sort of infinite game that improves itself over time as you learn about your body and genetics.
So, get started today and book your complimentary call!
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