The New Year is getting closer, and I hope you have started thinking about how you plan to make it your best, healthiest year yet. It is so important as a human being to be striving for improvements in every area of life. This includes health as most of you know. I am going to talk about some ways I am optimizing my health for the New Year — many of these changes I have already started to implement.
It is that time of year again when you start hearing about New Year's resolutions and making the next year better than the last. Goals are essential to being your best not only in the clinical setting but in life, and they are not hard to do at all. All it takes is a little time with yourself or your significant other.
Healthcare change is something I am a strong proponent of. Currently, healthcare consumes almost one-fifth of the GDP (gross domestic product) of the United States. Our healthcare system for the United States ranked eleven out of eleven, and yet we spend twice as much per person as most of the other countries. Something is wrong with the way we are delivering healthcare and the value we are bringing to the patient.
As I have gotten older and become more knowledgeable in natural health, I have wanted to approach my health from a more natural and holistic standpoint. Not to say your normal conventional MD does not have a place. I have found that the first thing I want to do is better my health with the interventions I have control over, and that carry very little risk. Such as nutrition, functional labs, supplements when necessary, and exercise.