The Seven Keys to Optimal Health
At IMNY, we believe that your health and well-being are determined by seven factors. A prime objective of your Optimal Health Assessment is to determine how well you're currently doing in these seven areas, and how you can improve in each of them.
1] Nutrition. Your nutritional needs are unique. The food you eat, your genetics, environment, and lifestyle all interact to affect your health. We believe that food is medicine and that your diet has a major influence your long-term health. We work with you to understand your individual metabolic needs and develop a personalized nutritional program designed to fit your lifestyle and correct any nutrient deficiencies.
2] Hormones. Hormonal imbalances may underlie conditions such as being overweight, menstrual irregularity, menopausal symptoms, erectile dysfunction, low libido, anxiety, depression, osteoporosis, muscle loss, and fatigue. We use state-of-the-art testing to identify imbalances and correct them.
3] Physical Activity. We work with you to create a physical activity program that meets your personal goals. Maintaining strength, flexibility, and aerobic fitness are key factors for optimal health.
4] Sleep. Restorative sleep is critical to heart health, cognition, energy, and mood. Sleep disturbance is linked to coronary artery disease, weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and memory loss. There are many causes of sleep disturbance, including hormones, anxiety, and sleep apnea. Once we know the cause of your sleep disturbance, we can guide you on the path to sleep restoration.
5] Your Genes. The genes you were born with influence your nutrient and vitamin needs, medication metabolism, fat storage, and risk of chronic diseases. Knowing your genetics empowers you to personalize your lifestyle choices and prevent health challenges before they occur. Should you need medications, pharmacogenetics — the study of how people respond differently to drug therapy based on their genes — informs you of the proper use of medications and helps to avoid side effects .
6] Stress. Weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome are just a few of the health challenges linked to stress. In fact, stress is linked to all major health issues. Our goal is to inspire you to find a path to inner peace. This path varies for each individual and may include nature, prayer, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, social connection, or simple breathing exercises. Your journey to inner peace is as unique as you.
7] Connection. The ways in which you connect with people, our planet, and to your purpose in life are essential elements in a healthy lifestyle. Healing relationships, social support, optimism, spirituality, and meaningful purpose are strongly associated with health and well-being. By working with our care team, joining other patients in support groups, attending town hall meetings, and sharing experiences with others, you will be building the connections that are the foundation for optimal health.