You can't control what goes on outside, but you can control what goes on inside.
Welcome to a new series here on the blog: Biohacks.
We have all heard the cliche "We are nothing without our health," yet most of us take it for granted. According to a recent study published in USA Today, the average American spends $18,000 a year on non-essentials. Many of these purchases detract, or at the very least distract, from leading a happy and healthy lifestyle.
So if health is numero uno, why is it we seem to prioritize so many other things above it?
The truth is we live in a culture of Band-Aids, quick fixes, and prescriptions. Health is something we kick down the road in exchange for "selfless" acts to the benefit of others. We tell ourselves it's important, but "not today" or "when I have time."
But, sooner or later, the proverbial "tin can" hits a dead end. What now?
We react. We call the doctor. We get serious, dammit!
But how much damage (and money) could have been prevented from the start were we just to pay attention to our bodies?
Some experts estimate 90 percent of what ails us can be fixed without a doctor's visit, surgery, or trendy prescription. And while there is a plethora of research to support this, as long as healthcare makes up 20 percent of the GDP, don't expect to see much of it in the mainstream.
Now, before you start to write me off as some hippy-dippy wacko, think about our ancestors for a second. Do you think they sat around fires popping pre-meal pills for heartburn, post-meal pills for restless legs, and pre-snooze pills to fall asleep?
It's as if we are starting from a premise these days that the most sophisticated and resilient species, one that has thrived for millions of years, is now inherently flawed.
In fact, you don't even have to go that far back in history to see the drastic change in health management. Just ninety years ago (the age of one elderly person) most of the health conditions in the diagnostic manuals of today didn't even exist. Yet now, according to the CDC, 6 in 10 US adults live with one or more chronic diseases.
So what has happened to us and how can we hack back our health?
Let's look at five well researched and proven tactics to prevent and even fight off infections, disease, and illness.
While you wait for the next installment, why don't you join us for a great session of concentrating on making the most of your body's natural gifts? We offer classes all day long!