According to a groundbreaking 2015 study, nearly 96% of the global population suffered from at least one health problem in 2013. 2.3 billion people dealt with six or more ailments.
In the United States, some of the most prevalent health conditions according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association include high blood pressure and cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, major depression, and substance and alcohol abuse disorders.
Many of these issues are preventable, according to Dr. Bomi Joseph, the Director of the Peak Health Center and a champion of natural supplements and self-healing. Dr. Joseph, who earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, estimates that 86% of modern diseases are caused by degeneration of the body, with poor diet and bad habits being leading causes of that degeneration.
Let’s run through a few of the biggest personal health mistakes that Dr. Bomi Joseph sees frequently in his practice and how to tackle them.
Doing Too Little, Too Late
Cultivating good health is easy, but correcting bad health is extremely difficult. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the easy, steady path throughout their lives, opting instead to live completely carefree until those bad health problems are at their doorstep.
At that point, they try desperately to reverse years and decades of neglect by throwing money at the problem for the latest surgical interventions or miracle cures, which rarely work.
Dr. Bomi Joseph stresses that every person should take charge of their health at this very instant, not tomorrow, not the day after that, and certainly not five or ten years from now, with radiant, sustainable health within the grasp of those who do. If you neglect to water a plant, it will wither and die and trying to change that after the fact will not change the result.
A lack of consistency causes many people to skip those small, steady steps each day that contribute to long-term health, including proper nutrition and exercise.
Failure to develop a consistent routine makes it harder to form good habits, which can take months to become ingrained enough to the point where they become automatic behaviors.
The result is sporadic compliance with intended goals that simply isn’t enough to foster the kind of health we should all strive for.
Most people fail to build habits because they overestimate their own ability to remember to perform daily tasks. Using apps, alarms, sticky notes, or other methods is all but a necessity in this regard. It just takes a few minutes of effort each day to create long lasting, healthy habits.
Lack of Preparation
A failure to be consistent is often due to a lack of preparation according to Dr. Bomi Joseph, who says that if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.
Proper planning involves building a foundation for success that includes identifying and working around your strengths and weaknesses, avoiding common pitfalls, and utilizing the most efficient methods for achieving positive results. A little research and a mentor to help guide you can go a long way.
One of the biggest issues that many people face is sheer avoidance, a refusal to acknowledge that anything is or could become wrong. It’s safe to say that while this strategy may be comforting for a while compared to the alternative of facing life’s challenges head on, ultimately it never works.
Rather than bury your head in the sand, arm yourself instead with the certainty that if you take care of yourself now, you’ll be taking care of your future self as well. You will surely thank yourself for it down the road.