Change is not always an easy thing to manage. It takes a concerted effort to make healthy alterations to your lifestyle and not revert back to old habits. But the proof is in the pudding for doing so: lifestyle medicine
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine defines it as “evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic intervention—including a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances, and positive social connection—as a primary modality, delivered by clinicians trained and certified in this specialty, to prevent, treat, and often reverse chronic disease.”
More and more physicians are moving into this field. In addition to 564 professionals and 210 practitioners, the global total of physicians who specialize in lifestyle medicine is 2,473. And there’s a need for many more health care practitioners to move in this healthy direction because it works.
Dr. Ornish is considered to be the father of lifestyle medicine, even going to Washington to support the Take Back Your Health Act of 2009. The bill didn’t pass, but that does not stop people from taking back their health through the use of lifestyle medicine.
From Ornish’s proven perspective, four elements are the key factors: nutrition, stress management, fitness and love and support. The benefits include being healthy, feeling more energetic, improving your quality of life and learning how to anticipate and manage stress.
Dean Ornish also founded the Preventive Medicine Research Institute (PMRI) in 1984 with the mission of “providing the highest quality scientific research and education that are grounded in compassion and dedicated to service.”
The institute has been pioneering lifestyle medicine research ever since, proving that eating well, moving more, stressing less and loving more may reverse the progression of a number of chronic diseases.
It’s as though some modern medical professionals are building upon a foundation laid out around 2,500 years ago by the father of medicine, Hippocrates: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Modern times now include other factors vital for good health. It’s powerful stuff worthy of making lifestyle changes . . . and sticking to them.
The AIM Way
Although it is important to note that none of the people mentioned in this blog are connected to AIM, the concept of lifestyle medicine ties in directly with The AIM Companies™.
AIM has promoted the idea of lifestyle medicine from its inception and through the Healthy Cell Concept that involves five avenues to promote healthy cells, which, in turn, maintain your body’s well-being.
Food, exercise, environment, protection and attitude make up five ways to keep your cells healthy. And each avenue gets supplemental support through specific AIM products.
It All Began . . .
AIM came into being back in 1982 with the introduction of barley grass in a juice powder form. The idea that drinking grass in a glass was good for you didn’t appeal to everyone, but those that did became the foundation that has been providing a wide range of natural health products for nearly 40 years.
Taking AIM products such as BarleyLife as a supplemental food factor of “lifestyle medicine” is a nutritious way to help maintain the health of your cells—the building blocks of your body. To put it another way, it’s nutrition that works for maintaining good health.