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Building resiliency through health

Something to consider… 

“If garbage is allowed to accumulate, it soon results in the appearance of rats, insects, and other vermin. Vermin, however, do not cause the garbage,rather the garbage causes the vermin. The vermin then take hold and multiply.” – Paul A. Goldberg, BA, BS, MPH, DC, DACBN, DCBCN 

How does this apply to our health? Creating undesirable health conditions leads to environments in our bodies that either: cultivates and contributes to disease, or aids us against it. The key to building resiliency through health is to pay attention to the conditions we are cultivating. Take getting sick for example. If we catch a bug, oftentimes it’s because we were not paying attention to our lifestyle, hygiene, sleep, nutrition, relationships, movement, and/or purpose. Certain diseases thrive in certain environments, right? Wouldn’t it be safe to assume that if we worked and created undesirable places for these diseases to live, that they may not live there at all? A compromised host is a target for disease, so what are ways we can build health and resilience through our daily lives? 

1. Find your version of stress management. Enjoy others – cultivate a community that brings you joy and happiness. 

2. Incorporate movement daily. Walk, run, hike, swim or try a new class you have never been to. Trying new things produces dopamine and dopamine makes you happy! 

3. Get Outside – Enjoy nature! Fresh and air sunshine do wonders for our mental wellbeing. 

4. Feed your mind, body and soul. Try your best to make good nutritional choices most of the time, but let yourself enjoy the things you love still occasionally and in moderation. 

5. Get a good night’s sleep. We can’t feel our best if we don’t sleep. Think of it as recharging your batteries! 

By checking in with yourself and creating new habits, you can start to cultivate your own health resiliency, which puts yourself in a better place to take challenges head on. You’ve got this. 

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By Dr. Jen Dufala, DC with Body Love Clinic 

About The Author

Functional Medicine & Nutrition
Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP
Body Love Cafe

Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP discovered the power of Functional Medicine first hand when a “mystery illness” left her declared permanently disabled. Unwilling to accept that diagnosis, she fought back and launched Body Love Cafe, an award-winning holistic health clinic.

BLC is all about natural medicine that meets cutting-edge science to provide answers as to why you don’t feel well. We hear you. We see you. We believe you. It’s not in your head and we’ve got the technique and labs to show why.

Patients have said “Dr. Zachary figures out why you feel like crap but your MD says you’re fine.” 

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