Optimal health means different things to each of us. But for those living with a chronic disease it could just mean freedom from pain and the definition of optimal health may appear unreachable.
Believe me, I know. Six years ago my health took a rapid decline. Literally from one day to the next I experienced daily, crushing pain in my joints that prevented me from doing the simple tasks in life such as washing the dishes or tying my shoe lace. Two years and fifteen doctors later, I finally stopped asking why my body was (seemingly) failing me and I decided to take back my power and put myself at the centre of my own health and destiny. You can read more about my healing journey here.
When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis the medical consultant told me there was no cure for my condition and pharmaceutical drugs were the only option available to me.
I am living proof that if you are struggling with a chronic disease, optimal health is within your reach. Six years on in my health journey, I have never taken any medical drug and I am (mostly) pain free, living the life I thought I’d left behind.
How did I achieve optimal health?
I studied nutrition and functional and biological medicine, which taught me how to nourish my body and harness it’s innate healing capacities, naturally.
Now I want to share with you what I learned and what conventional medicine doesn’t take into account.
Optimal health is personal. It depends on many things: your individual food story, genetic make-up, health history, hormones, neurotransmitters, gut health, detoxification capacity, environmental exposures, lifestyle factors, and of course, diet. Instead of focusing on disease diagnosis and treating symptoms, the real aim is to identify the causes of your loss of health.
Biological medicine begins with the premise that the body’s normal state is health. In most cases, the human body is born healthy and has an innate ability to heal itself.
Take for example an injury to your body, from a simple wound to something more complex. This sets off a chain reaction aimed at self-restoration and preservation. This process occurs in your body’s cells, which have an amazing capacity for regeneration – the liver renews in 6 months, red blood cells turn over every 4 months, skin cells every week, and the cells of your small intestine, every few days!
Disease or “dis-ease” in old Latin means absence or lack of ease. In most cases the causes of chronic disease are multifactorial, preventable, and largely reversible. Once these factors are addressed, the body’s power to heal is re-awakened and true regeneration can begin.
If you are struggling with a chronic condition, be encouraged! Your health is in your own hands. My primary goal is to educate and empower others to become active in their own healing, so they feel supported, informed, and in control of their own journey towards optimal health.
Over the coming weeks and months I will be sharing the exact strategies I have used in my own healing, which are the most cutting edge, scientifically rigorous kind of natural medicine there is. The power of three (aka 3 Sources) takes into account mind, body and nutrition. Optimal health is a balance of these three areas, which comprises the whole person, including their physical, mental and emotional health.
The first place to start is nutrition. Food is medicine and implementing the power of food to transform your health starts in the kitchen. For guidance on this area, or if you just don’t know where to start, I would love to invite you to download my 3 Sources Game Changers Guide to start eating more optimally. It’s totally FREE and only requires a small amount of effort to put the three strategies into practice, which will set you on the right path towards optimal eating and beyond!
Yours, in optimal health and happiness,
Rachel Baker is a registered Nutritional Therapist (CNHC), nutritionist (BANT) and certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) practitioner. She holds a Master of Sciences (MSc) in Personalised Nutrition from Middlesex University and a Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma from the Centre of Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management (CNELM). As part of the postgraduate degree, Rachel fulfilled the criteria for Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). In 2019, Rachel received certification in all modules of Biological Medicine at the Swiss Biological Medicine Academy with Swiss physician, Dr. Rau.