5 Pillars of Health

In order to obtain optimal health and lead the extraordinary life we want for you, we need to look at health span in terms of pillars.  Your pillars needs to be sturdy, and require 5 components:

  1. Consistent exercise (in accordance with your needs)
  2. Quality Nutrition
  3. Sleep
  4. Emotional Health 
  5. Utilization of pharmacology if necessary

This list is actually in order of importance. Generally speaking if you exercise consistently, you tend to eat and sleep better. When you have this trifecta going, you will generally have better mental clarity and less overall anxiety. With a sturdy base in these 4 pillars the utilization of pharmacology becomes a lot less necessary.

Now let’s take a closer look at each pillar.

Consistent Exercise
If you go from couch potato to 3 hours per week of exercise, this has shown a 50% reduction in all cause mortality as people get older. Let that statistic sink in!  Three hours should be something that everyone is able to commit to.

As a society we are becoming more overweight and under muscled.  We will refer to this phenomenon as “sarcobesity”.   

Having adequate muscle mass, especially as we age, has a myriad of benefits with  literally no downside.  On the flip side if you simply focus on strength and neglect your stability, as well as aerobic and anaerobic capacity you will be missing the mark on having the most well rounded fitness. 

Quality Nutrition 
There are 3 types of people in today’s world, those that are malnourished, those that are overweight, and those that are at a healthy body fat.  Nutrition will look different for each person but the main goal would be to eat a wide variety of healthy whole foods that you enjoy, in the correct portions to support function but not excess body weight.  If you need help with this and would like to schedule a free nutrition consultation please contact [email protected]

The average American is sleeping approximately 6 hours per night. Current research shows us that upwards of 60% of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep!  While sleep is individualized, the vast majority of us should be aiming for a minimum of 7 hours per night.  Analyzing your habits around bedtime is a good place to start.  We hear health gurus always talking about morning routines, but what about an evening wind down routine?  Here are a few things you can start doing today.

2 hours before bed NO FOOD.

2 hours before bed NO LIQUIDS.

1 hour before bed NO DEVICES.

Make sure your room is cold (below 66 degrees) and as dark as possible.  Habits don’t form overnight, aim to go to sleep 15 minutes earlier tonight. You’ll be surprised how easy it can be!

Emotional Health
We have a mental health crisis in this country.  It doesn’t matter how old you are, we all suffer.  I’d argue that without being emotionally healthy, it’ll be hard to lead a healthy life.  Part of the process here is identifying that you have an issue.  There are a myriad of solutions out there at our disposal but we need to access them.  There are many tools such as prayer, journaling, and breath work that have numerous benefits.

While our main focus here is to help our clients get off of their medications with exercise and lifestyle interventions, there’s ZERO shame in utilizing modern medicine when intervention is necessary. You should responsibly ask yourself, is it necessary? You are the advocate for your health.

We can use exercise and nutrition to prevent diabetes, and even get people off of blood pressure medications, but for some, it’s not an option. That’s where we can utilize modern medicine.

Our goal here at Reclaim is to help you build these pillars. We start with consistent exercise and see where that takes us. Let’s get to the gym consistently 3 days per week (at minimum) and start there. If you need help, please let us know!

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