Habits create our state of health from they foods we eat to the movements we do, how we clean our homes or how much sleep (or lack of) we actually can sneak into our busy lives. An important aspect of functional medicine assessment is considering the stressors, triggers, and mediators that effect our health. These include all things related present and past stressors, triggers, and mediators in our lives. A FM practitioner will consider previous travels, vaccinations, foods, sleep patterns, sun exposure, traumas of physical or emotional origins, home and work environments, financial stressors, relationships, and essentially anything else that may hold important clues to your health status.
How we live our lives effects a myriad of topics from individual to global by way of our choices. These choices include what we eat, what we use to clean our homes, what we use to clean our bodies, what we put in our homes, how we interact with the world around us be that humans or animals,and the list continues. I find that considering the many aspects of what contributes to each of our own health status eventually contributes to the health of one’s community. It’s important to consider not just what or how we are eating to support our health, but also the other many things that support the health we seek.
If your eating an all organic diet but cleaning your house with toxic chemical laden cleaning products, the benefits of the food are greatly lessened in their action to boost your body. Instead it’d still be in a survival mode trying to combat the onslaught of chemicals and germ-free homes. Research is indicating by doing so we are only making superbugs more powerful and our guts more unhappy. Health really is about simplicity, nature has a good blueprint of how to support thriving lives. Going back to the cleaning, using simple agents like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon virtually all household cleaning tasks can be done well. Opting to not always use the dishwasher and instead hand washing dishes has proven to foster better gut health. Sanitation was developed for mass gatherings, and hospitals not necessarily the best practices for in the home. This is just one example of how our actions and habits can effect our health. There are various lifestyle habits discussed during consultation, individualized to each patient’s needs that can better suite a healthier lifestyle.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not just about the priorities of nutrition and movement, but also about how we choose to live and interact with the world around us. This is important to understand when changing habits and making your health a priority. It makes the choices in front of you easier to make when you can connect the dots of why and how so many decisions effect your health. It is looking at the whole tree while considering each branch simultaneously. This is what drives functional medicine practitioners and their patients to a lifetime of better health.