Have You Heard of Lifestyle Medicine? Is It an Answer to Health Care?
If you knew how to reverse, prevent and even stop many of the diseases that adults in the US are faced with, wouldn’t you think our healthcare system would be encouraging it at every opportunity? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Our healthcare system is more like a band aid solution where it quickly acts to stop the bleeding going on but does not get to the root cause of the problem, so the bleeding does not happen again. We wait until a person becomes ill for healthcare to kick into action. And we do not follow-up with any lifestyle prevention care.
We know lifestyle can help these chronic diseases 1 out of 6 American adults are faced with, yet rarely, if ever, while they are being cared for is lifestyle mentioned. It has a lot to do with the mindset of our healthcare system.
Positive lifestyle changes could save millions of dollars in health care costs and ultimately give more healthy life to patients. To me it is crazy we are not pushing for the system to change more quickly. I know it is a complex problem, however, quality of life is at stake here. We have the evidence.
I do not like to stay focused on problems or negativity. So instead, what is we ask what can we do? We can join a movement that is pushing to change the norm to embrace positive lifestyle behaviors that promotes optimal health. This is a new branch of practicing medicine called lifestyle Medicine.
Lifestyle Medicine is the use of whole food, plant-focused eating, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and social connection as primary treatment and reversal of chronic disease. As opposed to typical chronic disease management, lifestyle medicine’s focus is on optimal health restoration.
There is an organized medical professional society for physicians and other professionals dedicated to the practice of Lifestyle Medicine called the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). Their vision is for lifestyle medicine to be the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system. Check to see if there is a provider in your area. Hopefully, ACLM will help our healthcare system in the US move more rapidly towards a more prevention-focused system.
Additionally, you can also ask around to seek out healthcare providers that practice lifestyle medicine. They may not be a member of ACLM, but there are many practicing providers that are advocates of prevention through lifestyle. My home profession, dietetics, is populated with Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) that passionately believe in and practice lifestyle medicine. Many, I included, choose dietetics as a career because we saw how healing food can be in our bodies. I recommend you get in contact with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionists if you want to make some positive lifestyle changes in your eating habits for a healthier and happier life.
Here at SalusWell we believe whole-heartedly in lifestyle Medicine. We believe together, healthcare providers in collaboration can provide the best quality care for patients and clients. Schedule a visit with a SalusWell Registered Dietitian Nutritionist to get at the root of chronic diseases you are battling. A person’s lifestyle is most of the time the root cause for the illnesses and diseases they are battling. Stop the cycle of seeking out healthcare when you are ill. Prevent illness with the help of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Visit https://saluswell.com and schedule an appointment for healthier and happier life.