6 Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine

Let's treat the underlying reason rather than just using medication to manage your health.

Numerous common chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, auto immunological disorders, high cholesterol, obesity, inflammation, and hypertension, can be significantly reduced or even completely cured with the use of lifestyle medicine.

6 pillars of Lifestyle Medicine

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine has established six key areas that impact everyone’s overall health and goals:

1. Nutrition: We’ve all heard it: “You are what you eat.” And eating mostly plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, is the foundation of a healthy diet.

2. Exercise: Regularly engaging in physical activity, which can include walking, gardening, sports, running, and strength training, is also a vital part of your overall health.

3. Stress management: Stress is unavoidable, especially these days, and it can affect every aspect of your health. But you can learn healthy techniques to manage it.

4. Substance abuse: Reducing or eliminating the use of addictive substances, such as tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, is particularly important in lowering your risk of cancer and heart disease.

5. Sleep: The amount and quality of sleep you get affects your immune system, but your need for restful sleep is often overlooked. Diet changes and other behaviors can improve sleep health.

6. Relationships: Positive social connections are beneficial for mental and physical health. The pandemic has taken a significant toll on our mental health and contributed to an overall sense of isolation.

A team-based approach is the key to success.