The 3 Step Approach to Health, Wellness and Longevity

Have you ever heard of the 3 steps to health, wellness and longevity? Having a healthy diet is very important in today’s world. But I’m not talking just diet. I’m referring to nutritional supplements. Most people that I talk to take a muti-vitamin which is a good course of action. However, when ever I mention the 3 steps most people have no idea what I am talking about. Let, me briefly go over these 3 steps.

The 3 steps are detoxify your body, feed your body and preserve your body. Detoxifying your body is the first step to a balanced approach to nutritional supplements. Let’s say for example I have an apple and I cut the apple in half. What will happen to the apple? The apple will soon turn brown from the exposure to the air or free radicals. Well, the same air that turns the apple brown will cause our system to rust on the inside in a manner of speaking. So, the first step is a good anti-oxidant to keep our system functioning properly on the inside.

Step two is to feed our body with a high quality mineral supplement. Did you know that the body needs 86 trace minerals a day to function properly. In fact, craving sugar is a result of a mineral deficiency.

The third and final step is to preserve your youth with a high quality supplement for the immune system. Practicing the 3 step approach to health wellness and longevity will increase your energy and sharpen your mind. Taking nutritional supplements is not a luxury, but a necessity. We use to get most of our vitamins and minerals from the foods that we eat. However, due to the depletion of minerals in the soil from which the food is grown we must supplement.

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Sicko and Bill Clinton on Health and Wellness Trends

Have you watched Sicko already? It is very worth doing so.

In order to help put the health problem we are living in better perspective, let me share now some of the insights and advice that Bill Clinton gave us in San Francisco recently at the Healthetc event sponsored by California Pacific Medical Center and KCBS.

Some of the speech highlights:

1) Clinton’s great overview of key comparative data:

* 16 vs 10-11: % GDP spent on health care in the US vs. other industrialized countries. This percentage difference equals around $800 billion annually!

* 84 vs 100: % population with some form of health insurance in the US vs. other countries

* 34 and 37: ranking of the US system as measured by health outcomes and life expectancy, respectively

* 34 vs 19: % health care costs spent on administration in the US vs. other countries

2) President Clinton then outlined the 3 main problems with US Healthcare as follows, empathizing that any serious, long-term solution needs to address these 3 elements as a whole:

* immoral unequal coverage, where a large percentage of citizens lack access to quality care

* inefficient system: we pay more for less, as you could see in Sicko

* we still focus more on disease than on health. But he is hopeful about an increasing focus on wellness, absolutely necessary to alleviate future cost pressures

3) Now, let’s reflect on couple of (approximate) quotes with profound wisdom

* “I am a testimonial for the best of American medicine. Given my heart problems, it is a miracle I am here with you today. These days I cannot stay more than 5 minutes in a bad mood, because I remind myself how fortunate I am simply to be alive”

* (when people were clapping and cheering to easy “sound bites” while he was still trying to make a complex point) “Please stop. I don’t want you to boo or cheer, simply to think on your own”

Amazing words.

In the afternoon, after his speech, we spent some time talking with health providers and attending some panels, such as the one put together by the Alzheimer’s Association on ways to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s.

We were surprised at the amount of education still needed to make the medical and health community incorporate science-based advice on lifelong learning and mental stimulation on top of “traditional” advice around nutrition and physical exercise. The Alzheimer’s Association is being one of the pioneers with their “Maintain Your Brain” campaign, suggesting a comprehensive set of health and wellness guidelines we should all follow:

1) Stay mentally active: “Mentally stimulating activities strengthen brain cells and the connections between them, and may even create new nerve cells.”

2) Remain socially active: “Social activity not only makes physical and mental activity more enjoyable, it can reduce stress levels, which helps maintain healthy connections among brain cells”

3) Stay physically active: “Physical exercise is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain as well as to encourage new brain cells. It also can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes, and thereby protect against those risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

4) Adopt a brain-healthy diet: “Research suggests that high cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage. A low fat, low cholesterol diet is advisable. And there is growing evidence that a diet rich in dark vegetables and fruits, which contain antioxidants, may help protect brain cells.”

No doubt, Bill Clinton would agree with the importance of these guidelines to ensure Baby Boomers can age in a healthy way and prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed with Alzheimer’s related costs.

Let’s watch with attention what the presidential candidates propose to deal with this situation.

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Types of Health and Wellness Businesses and Their Contribution to Society

The health and wellness market is a booming industry. People are buying health products such as targeted vitamins and minerals and wellness services such as massage and acupuncture so as to ensure physical wholeness and overall good health. The motivation comes from the improved knowledge that the modern man has about his body and environment.

The public has obtained access to health education and promotion through various media, and as a result, there is a rapid transformation on how we have looked at health and wellness these last 30-40 years. A few decades ago, the house-call doctor who had a strong educational background but an equally strong intuitive knowledge went the way of the dodo, to be replaced by institutionalized “Big Health” that has proven over the years to be faceless, uncompassionate, and ridiculously expensive.

In the meantime, we as a people have been exposed to theories of health and wellness from the Far East and our own ancient times, and we’ve come to recognize that perhaps there’s more to staying healthy than popping pills and getting broken bones set.

Health and wellness products have indeed been in demand over the last few years, and this is due in part to the exposure they have received through the media. We see health issues addressed in internet websites, magazines, books, newsletters and even on television, where Oprah’s ‘Doctor Oz’ now has his own show, and ‘The Doctors’ is a common daytime panel show about health and wellness.

Health journals are cropping up, even major news magazines such as Time, Newsweek and Focus have contributed a lot of articles, editorials and special issues to nutrition and wellness.

Economists in the United States suggest that in the years to come, the wellness business will be one of the leading contributors of economic growth. In fact, in this country, the sales of this industry have already reached $200 million and will soon match the sales of the ‘traditional’ health care sector!

The health and wellness industry is all about selling wellness products and services which improve the health of their customers. Since there is a wide range of products and services included in this scope, we can divide them into a variety following types of health and wellness businesses. Here’s a partial list:

Voluntary medicine – examples under this type are lifestyle drugs and plastic cosmetic surgery.
Wellness resources – these are the information segment of the society, or media informing the people regarding wellness products and services.
Wellness insurance – financial resources for a large number of wellness services and preventative medicines, including chiropractic care and even acupuncture.
Nutritional services and products – including vitamin supplements, nutritionist, local organic food stores, etc.
Fitness services and products – including massage therapists, spas, chiropractor, etc.
Preventative health care – treating, modifying or controlling health risk factors
Alternative health care – this includes meditation, yoga, herbalism, homeopathy, hypnosis, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy, etc.
Health and wellness tourism – characterized by customers who would use traveling expenses to look for medical tourism hubs across the globe, offering products and services for these health and wellness seekers.

As you can see, the health and wellness industry has grown significantly, thanks to the huge support it has obtained from several other sectors. New opportunities have opened for health and wellness initiatives, whether it be on the side of selling products and services or in the dissemination of valuable health and wellness information.

The industry is indeed a huge network of products and services, all together with a common theme of being the answer to the sicknesses and diseases that are growing rampant in our society today. Many of these are caused by industries that sell unhealthy goods and commodities. All the types of health and wellness businesses have blossomed in order to come to our rescue.

Because of all of this blooming and blossoming, if you’re an entrepreneur looking to start a business, a health and wellness business is an excellent choice — the competition might look stiff, but it’s an industry where the consumer is trained to be suspicious of success and look for the local, ‘little guy’…which is exactly where you could fit in!

Chris is an entrepreneur in the areas of Health and Wellness, Internet Marketing, and Leadership Coaching. He specializes in training people in Internet Marketing and has a growing Health and Wellness business.

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Maintaining Health and Wellness Naturally

In recent years, there has been an influx of attention being paid to the health and wellness of many people across the globe. This is come about due to the gained knowledge and awareness of what prescription medicine may offer in terms of risk to one’s overall health in time. Since mankind has used natural herbs for maintaining a healthy lifestyle for thousands of years before the introduction of synthetic medicine, a return to this state of being provided by Mother earth is being sought after. When one considers that may synthetic drugs have been designed after chemicals that occur naturally, one can begin to understand that the answer most likely already exists in organic form.

Whenever the Food and Drug Administration starts evaluating certain herbs for their benefit for aiding in the recovery of a medical illness, they usually attempt to isolate the alkaloids that are thought to be the cause for improvement. Whenever these elements are isolated, their chemical structure is also studied for the purpose of creating a “more efficient” product. Although the goal is produce a product that does not vary based off of growing conditions, such as location and quality of soil, there can sometimes be negatives that arrive as a result.

When you consider that humans are organic beings, and herbs are organic as well, you can understand that the two go hand in hand. The human body does not always react well to inorganic substances, even if they react even more intensely and for longer duration within the brain. Sometimes, the conscious mind is not aware of the function being carried out by the drug within the body until a considerable amount of time after. This can significantly hinder the level of wellness one achieves and maintains.

It is of the utmost importance for one to understand what a chemical does within one’s body. Not all doctors are going to be upfront about this. Many truly do not even know, for they base their foundation on medical findings that may not always be able to measure the type of effect that the brain may be undergoing. Sometimes, these long term negative effects are not known until long after a drug has been prescribed for a specific illness. Usually, with a bit of researching, one can find the original alkaloids being imitated and have success with a natural alternative instead of taking the risk of having long term effects like this.

Take the time to study any medications that your doctor is suggesting to take, as well as any natural suggestions as well. Both have their benefits, and well as their risks. doing so will help to ensure the path to wellness that aligns all parts of one’s being.

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What Makes a Good Health Coach?

There are of course many qualities that make a person a good health coach. While it certainly makes sense for someone already in the health and wellness industry, it is not necessarily a requirement to become a health coach.

This article discusses some of the basic qualities of what makes a person a good health or wellness coach, regardless of his/her background.

One such quality is the ability to empathetically communicate with people. Empathetic communication will encourage the client to accept you as a trusted health coach. What this means is that the health coach can identify with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of his client. Using empathy may lead to an improved relationship between the health coach and client.

Another quality that is related to empathetic communication is to really listen, actually to listen effectively. A coach needs to be trained to listen effectively since people vary in their communication skills. Some clients may express themselves clearly while others may not. A coach needs to be aware of the different needs of his/her client base and how the coach/client communication and listening skills affect the interaction.

The wellness coach has to leave his personal opinions out of the coaching session. The coach needs to be completely non-judgmental. The wellness coach absolutely should not judge his/her client based on his personal standards or opinions. Much of a coach’s training will be on how to be aware of this and to have the self control to NOT allow his personal opinions to be communicated.

Another fundamental quality of a health coach is the integrity to keep all information about the client confidential. The coach/client relationship is based on trust and the client must be sure that the coach can be trusted with private matters.

In addition, the coach still must be somewhat of a mentor, guidance counselor and cheerleader all wrapped up in one! The health coach should allow the client some flexibility in the agenda of each session, but the coach should also guide the session conversation so that it is an effective one. The client sets his/her own goals, again with the guidance from the coach. The coach may challenge the client a bit if the goals are too vague or too big. In the latter case, the coach may suggest smaller “bite size” goals so that the client has a better chance of reaching those goals. Of course, all successes are celebrated.

In summary, there are many qualities that a health coach should have and there are also many roles that he/she has. Each coaching relationship will be different and the wellness coach will need to be a bit flexible. A coaching relationship can in some cases grow into a life-long friendship as well.

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