Prescriptions for a New Healthy You

Upon entering 2019, we are blessed with new beginnings. An entire calendar year—a clean slate of days—stretches before us, but how we fill those days is entirely up to us. We can cling to faded concepts of last year, or we can embrace this fresh start by welcoming new perspectives. Yes, we can learn from the mistakes of the past, but now’s the time to explore the opportunities in our future. Honestly, the number one goal of our hearts is to better ourselves, right? To enhance every area of our life—spirit, mind, and body.

So just like in January we take in the whole account of the entire year—our hopes, our vision, etc.—we should be just as adamant to focus on our entire self being whole. Therefore, integrative healthcare is one of our best options.   

What is integrative healthcare?

Integrative healthcare (also referred to as functional medicine) utilizes the best therapeutic options from conventional medicine while incorporating holistic practices. The use of integrative approaches to wellness has increased within healthcare setting across the nation. More and more Americans are stretching beyond the confines of conventional-only medicine. In 2016, a Centers for Disease Control report indicated about 45,000 Americans have engaged with holistic practitioners and natural products, and that number continues to surge.

What are the benefits of integrative healthcare?

One of the many advantages of this approach is that it’s patient-oriented. Meaning, the objective is not to just treat disease, but rather aimed toward the pursuit of personal, optimal wellness. It’s catered to the individual rather than the standard, cookie-cutter method provided by conventional medicine. Basically, it focuses on the root of the problem, instead of just treating the symptoms.

Another benefit of integrative healthcare is that it offers a wider variety of treatment, emphasizing non-invasive procedures. There is also a close partnership between the you and the physician as both work toward the same goal—your overall wellness.

Integrative healthcare is also the understanding that one’s health stems beyond the traditional frame of mind about diagnosis and treatment. It recognizes all the factors that contribute to one’s health, such as environmental, emotional, mental and spiritual. Plus, it takes on a preventative stance through healthy living. This technique proves more effective in the long term because it doesn’t focus on treating symptoms but treating the whole person, teaching healthy habits that improve quality of life. 

While integrative healthcare offers great benefits, it’s important to take an active role in educating yourself concerning the full spectrum of conventional and holistic practices.

So as you welcome the prospects that come with a new year, be sure to celebrate a healthier you.


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Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.


Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.


Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.


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