There is a revolution happening in the health industry. It’s no longer about the cure, it’s about all about the health. In this article, we will dive into how to prevent illnesses from happening in the first place, by looking at the profound work done by health master, Dr. Mark Hyman.
There is nothing as important as your health. If there is one thing that you need in order to live your best life, no matter what your goals for living that life may be, it is your health.
So many people today view their health as this big mystery. They feel so unsure of what is going to happen to them in the future. Will I be diagnosed with cancer? Am I developing heart disease? Will I get diabetes when I’m older?
While there is no surefire way to predict every single health issue that may come your way, the average person has more control over their health than they think—and it all comes down to what they decide to eat.
The single biggest input you have on your health is what you decide to eat. You are in control and you can make a difference. In fact, you can not only change the way that certain systems in your body are able to operate, such as your immune system and your digestive system, but you can actually immediately upgrade your biology with the right diet—and it is easier than you think. It all starts with functional medicine.
What is Functional Medicine?
The first and most important thing to remember with functional medicine is that you need to change your mindset and the way that you think about your health. This concept has been the topic of several of Dr. Mark Hyman’s books, for a very simple reason—it can be difficult for people to change the way they think about their health.
Instead of focusing on treating the symptoms, you need to focus on treating the root of the disease. Managing symptoms is only half the battle, and it will never deliver the lasting results you are looking for. More importantly, only managing the symptoms won’t make a positive impact on your health.
Masking symptoms of a disease is not the same thing as being healthy. This is where functional medicine comes in.
Simply put, functional medicine is the science of how the body works as an integrated whole.
This is a stark contrast to the “naming, blaming, and taming” paradigm of mainstream medicine.
Instead, functional medicine is all about the cause, not the symptom. It focuses on the why instead of the what, meaning, you are trying to treat the cause of the issue, not the exterior symptom. You are optimizing your health by giving your body what it needs to function, while removing things that impediment your health. Our health, medicine, and food are all connected, we just need to take the time to really understand how.
This can all be done by eating the right things and taking care of your body. This is why so many of Dr. Mark Hyman’s books focus on food, recipes, and eating. This is because functional medicine isn’t just about eliminating disease, but about upgrading your biological software so that you can optimize your health.
Dr. Mark Hyman’s Approach to Upgrading Your Biology
At the forefront of this functional medicine movement is Dr. Mark Hyman–the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and the author of ten #1 NY Times best-selling books.
Dr. Hyman’s philosophy is simple, he believes that we all deserve a life of vitality and that we have the potential to create that life for ourselves. As one of the biggest voices in the functional medicine movement, he has not only helped countless individual patients regain their life and their healthy, but worked with organizations, policy makers and influencers.
No matter who he is working with, his goal is simple—to tackle the root of chronic disease by harness the power of functional medicine to transform healthcare.
If you read Mark Hyman’s books and you will notice one, overarching theme—that our healthcare system today needs to change in order for people to finally get healthy, stay healthy, and avoid chronic disease for good. Mark Hyman’s books are filled with detailed plans, tips, tricks, and pieces of advice, but they all start with food.
In many of Mark Hyman’s books, including his popular title, Eat Fat, Get Thin, he encourages people to start thinking of their grocery store as their Farm-acy, or the place they can go to get the real farm-fresh foods they need to treat their conditions for good.
Functional medicine is considered, by many, to be the future of the medical industry. This focus on taking preventative measures to keep the body healthy, before the presence of disease, is already changing the lives of so many and helping individuals maintain their health longer than ever before. While the basic concept of functional medicine is rather simple, and seemingly even archaic—just eating healthy to stay healthy—it is already bringing about change.
3 Steps to Upgrading Your Biology Today
It is important to remember that your body is an entire system, just like your computer’s system. Instead of looking at the body as different components that need to be treated separately, functional medicine encourages you to look at the body as a whole and as the large, fascinating inter-connected system that it is. Keeping that body healthy through real, healthy, nutrient-filled food, is like upgrading your biological software. It simply helps your body work as it should.
Applying the principles of functional medicine to your everyday life is actually much easier than it seems. Here are a few ways to start upgrading your biology and making the healthy changes you need in your life.
1.) Change Your Mindset on Food
So many people view food as a treat, as a way to relieve stress, or as a way to have a few seconds of joy by tasting something delicious. Food is so much more than that. Food is medicine and the fuel our bodies need. You can completely reset your system and upgrade your biology in a matter of days, all with the right food.
You can see him talk much more thoroughly about this concept in his talk at A-Fest here:
In his book, Eat Fat, Get Thin, Dr. Mark Hyman discusses all of the powerful changes that can happen to your body when you start eating the right type of foods, such as natural foods that are high in healthy fats. The focus on staying thin has distracted so many people from eating the foods their bodies need, so much so that they don’t realize that if they eat more fat, they won’t only be healthier but they can stay thinner as well.
2.) Understand That Food Addiction is Real
For many people, it isn’t just adding healthy foods to our diets that is difficult, it is eliminating the unhealthy foods that are destroying our bodies and our systems. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, emerging science has shown that food addiction is worse than a cocaine or heroine addiction.
According to Dr. Hyman, if you put a rat in a cage and have either sugar or cocaine in front of him, he will always choose the cocaine. The processed, sugar-filled foods we eat today are so addictive and it can be really difficult to overcome that addiction. In Dr. Mark Hyman’s book Eat Fat, Get Thin, he details how people are so scared of the word fat, that they are no longer eating the good fats that they need in their diet and are mistaking low-calorie, processed foods for being healthy—even if they have no nutritional value.
3.) Just Start Cooking
Dr. Mark Hyman’s books will tell you that you can start upgrading your biological system and actually cut out your food addiction, by changing the information that goes into your body. This is the easiest and most effective way to upgrade your biological software, and it all starts in the kitchen.
Dr. Mark Hyman simply recommends spending more time in your kitchen, starting today. He believes that most Americans spend more time watching cooking shows on television than actually cooking in their homes. Cooking is a skill that everyone needs to create health for themselves, which is why Dr. Mark Hyman encourages everyone and their kids to get in the kitchen, fill it with real food, and to start cooking.
It is a skill that you can have for life and a skill that can change your life for the better.
You can start making positive changes to your life and to your health today with easy steps like this. Have you read Get Fat, Eat Thin or any of Dr. Mark Hyman’s books? Let us know in the comments below.