Are you healthy, but want to be healthier?
Ready to take your health to the next level?
We all have a friend or relative whom we wish would take better care of themselves. You know, the one that eats too much and does not exercise enough or how about the one that is sleep-deprived and over-stressed?
Yet, if you try to talk to them about their health, they tell you confidently not to worry because the last time they saw the doctor, their blood pressure and lab results were normal.
Does normal health mean you’re healthy?
That depends on what your definition of health is. Ask around and you will soon find out that the concept of health is fuzzy and means something a little different to each of us.
In the conventional health care system in North America, doctors are tasked to provide patients with a standard of care that uses only accepted methods of diagnosis and evidence-based treatments.
Even though we are all biochemically unique, test reference ranges for what is considered normal are set to encompass the vast majority of the population so that a result outside of this range can be quickly identified as a potential indicator of disease and treatment can be administered.
If you feel unwell but your results are normal, then there are limited options that the conventional health care system can offer you. It is a system geared for treating when you are outside of normal.
Being free of disease and that is where conventional health care plays a positive role. Beyond that, you can have dysfunctional health with symptoms such as low energy, pain, weight gain, and difficult digestion yet still test normal and be free of any disease.
Here are five tips to take your health to the next level:
1. Eat real, whole foods whenever possible: Processed foods not only have less beneficial nutrients but they also have extra sugars, trans fats, MSG, preservatives, and other harmful additives.
2. Only take pharmaceuticals when absolutely necessary and only take the lowest effective dose: Every drug has adverse side-effects and those increase at higher doses.
3. Strive for healthy body composition rather than weight loss: Common chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, snoring, and joint pain can be improved or even completely reversed by reducing body fat percentage while maintaining health lean muscle mass.
4. Have your hormone levels tested: Hormones are critical when it comes to feeling and looking your best, yet levels can drop off significantly after age 40.
5. Consult with optimal health care practitioners: Naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, holistic nutritionists and other health professionals can help individualize your treatment plan to achieve vibrant energy. For example Naturapathic doctors use many scientifically-based approaches such as, orthomolecular nutrition, bioelectrical impedance analysis, food sensitivity testing, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and platelet-rich plasma prolotherapy (to name a few) that can be incorporated into a comprehensive and individualized treatment program to enable you to feel amazing and slow the aging process of the body.
Ultimately, every one of us needs to take responsibility for our own health. Our bodies are capable of achieving something much better than the norm and experiencing a state of health with minimal dysfunction.
The next time you are unsatisfied with your health but all your lab results come back normal, do not settle for that minimum standard.
Explore the path towards optimal health and leave your normal life behind.
Dr. Chan, BSc., MBA, ND practices naturopathic medicine at the Performax Health Group clinic in Burnaby, BC, Canada. In addition to his holisitic approach to treatment in general practice, Dr. Chan has a special interest in the treatment of pain and sports medicine and anti-aging treatments. He utilizes several advanced therapeutic injection techniques in his practice, including trigger point injection and prolotherapy with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). He is board-certified by the College Of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC) in the advanced modalities of Acupuncture, Chelation, Prolotherapy, and Prescriptive Authority. Dr. Chan is currently serving as a Director on the board of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association.