Your body is more than a temple – It’s a Healthcare System

Your body is more than a temple – It’s a Healthcare System

Ask the average Australian if they’re healthy and most will answer yes. But in the past 15 years, our intake of fruit and vegetables has declined. In fact, says the Heart Foundation, we have a 92.9% inadequate intake of veg. [1] 

These statistics skim the surface but what they indicate is that we’re not particularly involved in, or engaged with, our health.

In 2016-17 there were 11 million hospital admissions in Australia. That’s 31 million days of patient care. [2]  We seem comfortable assuming ‘we’ll be right’ and then when we do end up in hospital we’re happy to leave it to the heavily pressured doctors and surgeons to fix us.

Can we really consider ourselves healthy when (a roughly equivalent) half of the population is in hospital at some point during the year?

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Supporting chronic illness through food and lifestyle choices

Supporting chronic illness through food and lifestyle choices

“Chronic disease” refers to a disease state that is ongoing or long term (at least 3 months as defined by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics) and refers to diseases that generally cannot be cured or prevented by medication or vaccine. This predominantly includes conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, asthma, chronic pulmonary disease, depression and chronic pain conditions.

In studies conducted by the Australian Government the main contributing factors to chronic disease are Tobacco and alcohol use, Physical inactivity and Poor nutrition.

All of which are lifestyle related issues that can be turned around with the implementation of behavioural change, good food choices and lifestyle modifications.

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How chronic illness effects mental health

How chronic illness effects mental health

Being under the load of a chronic health issue is emotionally and psychologically stressful in the extreme. It creates a lot of uncertainty and fear about how we will cope. Our brains have been designed over millions of years to identify and ward off threats, but it really struggles to identify between external threats to our well being and those that come from within (worry). This deep concern about the impacts of a chronic health issue is an internal threat that needs to be managed a different way, not with the fight, flight or freeze response. The body and mind are stressed enough. It doesn’t need our defence system switching on to fight an invisible foe.

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