As the name implies, the Foundations of Health are the fundamental structures the rest of your health rests upon. When you lead a busy life, with work or school, paying bills, or taking care of your family, it’s easy to let the little things slip through the cracks.
It’s not surprising when people let the craziness of their life overrun the needs of their bodies; it’s something we’ve all done at one point or another. Often times we don’t get to the doctors unless there’s an acute or chronic issue such as a cold or flu and sometimes not even then. Even doctors can tend to fall into these same health traps. It’s easy to think of your health as ‘future you’s’ problem; you’re not sick today, so that must mean that you’re healthy. But the lack of pain or discomfort does not equate to health. That’s why the Foundations of Health are so vital, they’re simple everyday things that we take for granted, but when refined can allow you to take control of your health daily.
These 6 foundations of health are Breathing, Hydration, Sleep, Exercise, Proper Eating, and keeping good strong Relationships. These foundations might seem simple, but how well are you breathing? When was the last time you know that you drank the 8 cups of water a day that the body needs to stay hydrated? When was the last time that you were able to eat mindfully, without any TV or radio?
These 6 Foundations of Health are simple things that you do every day (hopefully), but that tends to be their curse. Because we breathe, and drink water, and eat all the time every day; because it’s something we do without having to think about it, we tend to believe we are doing it well. But you are doing the bare minimum, drinking enough water that you’re not actively thirsty or getting just enough sleep that you’re able to make it through the day isn’t creating a strong foundation of health.
The Foundations of Health and preventative health care is about taking care of yourself daily with the choices you make. It’s about making conscious decisions, and being aware that the little things that you do millions of times throughout your day can affect your health in significant ways.
Don’t leave your health up to the ‘Future You,’ take control today. Make sure that you’re drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, eating enough fruits and vegetables, be active in your health, because you’re worth it.
Have any questions? Want to check how good your foundations are? Make an appointment or call today for a special Foundations of Health consultation!