Back to Basics

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One of the most important things I’ve learned after more than a decade of living a healthy lifestyle is...

Focusing on the basics is almost always the most important thing we can do to improve our health.

This is true regardless of whether we’re talking about, losing weight, reversing chronic disease, addressing depression and anxiety, or reducing the risk of severe COVID-19 infection.

The basics are:

  • Nutrition

  • Sleep

  • Stress management

  • Physical activity

  • Environment (water/air quality, toxins, etc.)

  • Social connection

  • Getting outside/nature

  • Fun/pleasure

The basics aren’t sexy or glamorous. Or hi-tech. They aren’t “hacks.” You won’t get a prescription for them from your doctor, and you can’t buy them on Amazon.

The basics are up to you. They take work. Day in, and day out.

But here’s the good news: the investment you make in the basics pays off—more than just about any other investment you could make in your life.

And the only “side effects” of investing in the basics are positive: more health, joy, connection, and fulfillment.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently in the context of Covid.

There is no guarantee that being healthy will protect you from a severe coronavirus infection. By now, most of you probably know someone (or have heard of someone) who was in fantastic health, but still got very sick with COVID-19.

But statistics certainly show that people who are healthy and have no pre-existing conditions are far less likely to develop a severe COVID-19 infection, and are even less likely to die from it.

And studies have also shown that treating or reversing existing conditions, such as pre-diabetes or diabetes, can help to reduce the risk of COVID-19. In other words, the risk that is conferred by a pre-existing condition isn’t set in stone—it can be changed, and often quite quickly. (It doesn’t take long to lower blood sugar by removing sugar and processed carbs from your diet and consuming more nutrient dense, whole foods)

It’s disappointing, to say the least, that we don’t hear more about the importance of these basics in the mainstream conversation about Covid. We mostly hear about vaccines, antibodies, masks, and social distancing. But should that really come as a surprise?

We don’t even hear much about the basics in the context of preventing or reversing chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and hypothyroidism—and the basics are even more explicitly related to these conditions than they are to Covid. We hear more about what drugs you should take to manage the disease rather than what diet or lifestyle changes you can make to reverse it—or prevent it in the first place.

The reason we are approaching COVID-19 this way is the same reason we approach chronic disease the way that we do. Our healthcare model is broken. We focus too much on drugs and other quick fixes and not enough on the more foundational changes that can truly make a difference.

At Rev5, we are trying to change that. If you need help with some of the basics (and let’s face it, most of us do), check out our website to see how we can help. Click the red button to book a free No Sweat Intro while you're there.