Pump Up Your “Core”
(With excerpts from SuperFoods HealthStyle, By Steven G. Pratt, M.D., and Kathy Mathews)
You are more than the sum of your parts. You are a very complicated, interrelated set of bodily systems, mental states, and physical and emotional reactions to all of the things going on around you.
You have good days and you have bad days. Sometimes that “million-dollar racecar”—the way we’ve often described your body—starts up instantly and purrs like a kitten when you turn the key. Sometimes, it sputters and stalls and just won’t run.
What I’m talking about here is one of the oldest concepts of human health and now today, one the hottest topics in medicine and research: It’s the mind/body connection.
Super Healthy Living is about the interconnection of whole body and whole mind health. This interconnection is the basis of what I call your Core.
You can’t separate your physical health from your emotional/mental/spiritual health. If you truly want to achieve Super Healthy Living, you will come to recognize the power of the mind/body connection and take all the steps you can to “pump up your Core” and improve on this often-neglected aspect of health.
Achieving your optimal health, and a “healthspan” that lasts as long as your lifespan, involves more than good nutrition, exercise, and other activities that focus on the physical machine called your body. Optimal health involves the whole you: body, and mind, and spirit. These interconnected aspects of your whole self are powered and maintained by the strength of your Core.
Think of your Core as those key elements of your mind/body/spirit self. They can be strengths, or at times, weaknesses. These Core elements are made up of:
- Personal Peace—or its dangerous counterpart, Stress
- Mindfulness—the ability to achieve relaxation and stress reduction through many techniques, including meditation or prayer
- Spirituality—the strength of your faith or spiritual connection to the energy, sense of well-being, optimism and sustenance that come from that which is beyond you.
In future posts, we’ll look at what research tells us about the importance of strengthening these key elements of your Core and the impact it can have on both your “healthspan” and your lifespan.