People are living longer lives, yet the quality of life is decreasing. Average lifespans are rising, but chronic diseases and illnesses are appearing earlier and more than ever before.
In addition, our quality of life is also suffering due to many conditions like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. So, what can we do? Why are we getting so sick? Is there a solution?
Holistic wellness is the key to living a longer and healthier life. This lifestyle incorporates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, emphasizing balancing the body’s natural energy. To live a holistic wellness lifestyle, you may choose to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly, reduce stress levels, spend time in nature, and know your purpose.
In this episode, Gary Kaplan and I discussed the many factors that influence our overall health and how to live a longer, healthier life. We looked at the importance of getting enough sleep, managing mental toxicity, nutritious eating habits, and physical exercise. Additionally, we looked at ways to achieve spiritual wellness.
Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:24] Why are we getting so sick?
[03:10] Gary’s backstory to his philosophy of holistic lifestyle wellness in medicine.
[05:25] Dealing with inflammation is the game changer in holistic health.
[06:26] Crucial amounts of sleep for good health. The best ways to treat insomnia and fall into deep sleep easily.
[10:46] How do you know that you have sleep apnea?
[14:08] Effects of Electromagnetic waves on our health
[20:27] Exercising for fitness
[22:44] Effects of child abuse on someone’s health
[23:56] Your spiritual wellness
[26:59] Which exercise should you do for overall health? Tips to help you get out of your couch and become physically fit
[31:50] Gary’s take on sugar and the other foods to avoid
About Gary Kaplan –
Gary Kaplan, DO, is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and the author of two books, Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression (Rodale, 2014) and Why You Are Still Sick, How Infections Can Break Your Immune System & How You Can Recover (Callanan Publishers, 2022). A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine.
In 1985, Dr. Kaplan created the Kaplan Center to offer patients suffering with chronic pain and illness a more effective model of medical care.
A clinical associate professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Kaplan was one of the directors of a $1.7 million NIH grant that funded an educational initiative to incorporate complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine into Georgetown’s medical curriculum.
Dr. Kaplan’s work has been featured in TIME magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News 5, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN News, BBC, US News and World Report, and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. He has also written for MindBodyGreen. Washingtonian Magazine has included Dr. Kaplan in its list of the “Best Doctors in the Washington, DC Area,” and he has received the distinction of being a “Top rated” physician in the Northern Virginia area by Consumer’s Checkbook.
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