Achieving and maintaining health is an ongoing process, shaped by both the evolution of health care knowledge and practices as well as personal strategies and organized interventions for staying healthy.
An important way to maintain your personal health is to have a healthy diet. A healthy diet includes a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods that provide nutrients to your body. Such nutrients give you energy and keep your body running. Nutrients help build and strengthen bones, muscles, and tendons and also regulate body processes (i.e. blood pressure). The food guide pyramid is a pyramid-shaped guide of healthy foods divided into sections. Each section shows the recommended intake for each food group (i.e. Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates, and Sugars).
Physical exercise enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It strengthens muscles and improves the cardiovascular system. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are four types of exercise: endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance.
Sleep is an essential component to maintaining health. In children, sleep is also vital for growth and development. Ongoing sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk for some chronic health problems. In addition, sleep deprivation has been shown to correlate with both increased susceptibility to illness and slower recovery times from illness. In one study, people with chronic insufficient sleep, set as six hours of sleep a night or less, were found to be four times more likely to catch a cold compared to those who reported sleeping for seven hours or more a night. Due to the role of sleep in regulating metabolism, insufficient sleep may also play a role in weight gain or, conversely, in impeding weight loss.
As part of your treatment plan Dr. Gibb will speak to you about these three important aspects of your overall health. He will treat you according to your need and will invite you to become proactive in your own health care with the goal in mind to reach a state of wellness concomitant with your body habitus, medical condition and response to treatment.
There are differing levels of wellness as each person is an individual and has unique requirements. For the most part, when the term, “wellness,” is used it can be defined as that physical state wherein an individual is healthy, happy, pain free and enjoys freedom of movement insofar as their body allows.
In a perfect world each person would have the potential to be completely free of all illness, disease and genetic defect. In reality there is no such thing as a perfect world, and there is no, “perfectly healthy,” person. Therefore wellness expresses a concept that is in itself a potential that each of us can work toward. Our goal should be to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle that will provide for us a state of wellness that is equal to our effort.
Holism is the understanding that the body can and will heal itself when we employ techniques that enhance our health, and will not heal, and become diseased, when we do not. Wrong choices with regard to how we treat our body will result in habituation, which leads away from good health. Good choices will always lead toward better health and will enhance our body’s homeostatic balance, allowing the body to heal itself from insult.
Dr. Gibb always wants the best for you. That is why his approach is holistic. By taking the whole body into consideration, rather than attempting to focus on a single factor with regard to your wellbeing, he will show you how, when taken as a whole, your body will always respond positively to positive input.
Even though it may seem counter-intuitive at first, seemingly disparate manifestations of illness can all have the same source. It may be something you are eating or drinking, or an activity that you engage in. Whatever the reason, when it is addressed properly by taking in the ‘big picture’ you will definitely experience relief of symptoms and real, true healing.
That is wellness in action!