isn't alternative medicine.
The key difference between Lifestyle Medicine and standard medical practice is that we stand by an important truth:
Prevention is better than cure.
Focusing on improving sleep, nutrition and exercise, whilst reducing stress and destructive behaviour patterns, Lifestyle Medicine combats the harmful habits regularly linked to prevalent illnesses in modern society.
Lifestyle Medicine takes the whole view of a person’s life - from their physical, mental, and emotional state - in order to identify and provide guidance, advice and support that enables people to make conscious, positive lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
In this way, lifestyle change tackle the actual causes of chronic illnesses and diseases, rather than simply managing their symptoms and consequences. Forming a relationship with each client to develop a deep understanding of their needs and goals allows me to ultimately deliver the highest quality holistic care - which most GPs strive for, but do not have the time to achieve when confined to a hectic NHS surgery.
The Five Pillars
Good sleep refreshes and heals. Many of us crave it but struggle to achieve it.
A balanced, healthy diet can achieve dramatic short and long term health gains.
Overcoming barriers to get the right physical activitycan be life changing.
Stress, anxiety and low mood are all increasingly prevalent in modern society. Lifestyle change provide the solution.
Shaking off addictive behaviour that can lead to unhealthy choices can provide the greatest reward.
Remember, no matter your starting point, health condition or fitness level, it’s never too late to take the first step towards improving your own physical and mental wellbeing.
Drs and health coaches are uniquely placed to provide this type of care because we have a background in recognising and treating chronic disease and insight into the effects of lifestyle on physical and mental health, which provides us with a thorough understanding of the hurdles faced by our patients.
Lifestyle medicine aims to treat the cause of most of our modern diseases with the strongest evidence based modalities available. Since most modern diseases are caused by lifestyle, lifestyle changes must be part of the cure.
It might sound like common sense, but the truth is that Lifestyle Medicine is a pioneering field of medicine that is growing across the globe - becoming increasingly regarded as the future of modern healthcare.