At Medcor, our services have always been backed by evidence-based medicine. We believe that personal wellness should be approached in the same way—by following health principles that are founded in science and supported by research, that is, by following practices that are shown to effectively lead to good health outcomes.
We’ve identified some guiding health principles that we stand behind and promote. We do not view these principles as a regimen, plan, or fad diet. Wellness shouldn’t be something that starts and stops. Rather, we think of these principles as common-sense practices that all of us can integrate into our lives every day so that wellness becomes a lifestyle.
Eat Real Food
Natural foods contain the best nutrition for optimal health. Processed foods often contain added ingredients that we are better off without. Avoid food that isn’t fresh. A rule of thumb for determining the best food for you is this: If your food walked (or swam or flew) or grew on the planet, it is real food. If your food has been packaged in a bottle, jar, or can, there’s a good chance it does not contain the fresh food that you want to eat.
Move Your Body
Our bodies are meant to move! Daily physical activity has innumerable health benefits. Aim for at least 30 minutes of deliberate movement each day. Break up that half-hour into shorter increments if needed. Choose something enjoyable and sustainable. Walking is a great place to start. Make a “step goal” and build on it over time.
Get Your Sleep
Your body needs rest, and it needs seven or more hours every night, depending on your age and health. Improve the length and quality of your sleep by practicing good sleep habits, also called sleep hygiene. Remember that when you’re sleeping, your body is rejuvenating and getting the healthful healing that it needs.
Mind Your Happiness
What brings you joy? What impedes your happiness? Be mindful of and do things that bring joy to your life. If possible, remove things that cause unneeded stress. It is important to maintain your mental balance—and your happiness.
Care About Clean
Healthy hygiene has far-reaching effects: for your body, for the global community, and for the environment. Embrace good hygiene practices to prevent illness and promote healthful work and living spaces.
These guiding health principles are easy to understand but not always so easy to do. I suggest starting your journey by keeping some sort of record of your daily progress and reflecting on ways you can improve. We can always do better. Let’s encourage each other in this approach to a healthier lifestyle, and let’s do better together.
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