Dr. Jeff and Wellstead Health have many recommendations for holiday gifts for health, wellness and longevity. At the foundation of a holistic approach to health is what many call Lifestyle Medicine: one’s health is directly tied to the quality of sleep, movement, nutrition, stress resiliency, and relationships. Therefore, Wellstead Health would suggest the following gifts for oneself or loved ones:
FREE: Treating oneself to a warm bath/shower with or without a routine of preparation for the next day and morning routine.
Deep sleep can be enhanced both by a warmer body prior to sleeping in a cooler environment and by putting oneself to bed knowing that many of the morning decisions are already made thereby lowering stress and worry about the day to come
Either as diffused or applied essential oils or inhaled and injected teas, there are many benefits to sleep and stress relief with lavender, chamomile, cedarwood, sandalwood, frankincense, or bergamot
Oura Ring or any other sleeping monitoring device.
The value of sleep monitoring is immense when used to guide detective work in maximizing sleep quality and resultant brain health.
FREE: Make the small things count
Making a commitment to park at the back of a parking lot or never to take the elevator or escalator may have offered a greater beneficial stress or volume of movement pre-SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, but one can still commit to increase walking time and find locations to be out in nature.
Both the value of moving the body and being in nature cannot be understated. The greatest return on investment with movement is the less time spent sitting and not by committing to run a marathon or compete in an Ironman triathlon.
Shoes for walking with or without a pedometer
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity every week which can be achieved with 30 minute walks 5x per week. Shoes specifically for walking can increase your comfort and desire to achieve that goal while others may like the challenge of increasing their daily steps by 5-10% every 2-3 months.
Peloton Digital App membership (~$14/month)
The digital app can be used for yoga, HIIT, strength workouts, meditation, walking, running and much more.
Despite many claims to the contrary, there is no one perfect nutritional plan for everyone. It is Dr. Jeff’s health goal for all patients that they achieve metabolic flexibility and optimized cellular health in order to tolerate all food substances such as healthy fats, occasional quality carbs, and proteins. The following books are just a few that will provide knowledge about your amazing body systems and their interaction with nutrition:
“The Wellness Code” Series by Jason Fung, MD including:
The Obesity Code
The Diabetes Code
The Cancer Code
STRESS RESILIENCY & RELATIONSHIPS:
We have saved the best for last with the one recommendation that can be free of cost all the way to fanciful journals and stationary . . .
Expressing gratitude is the one the greatest return on investments in lifestyle medicine given it assists every one of the pillars of great health. Gratitude decreases stress, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep quality, enhances immune resiliency, and most importantly increases feelings of joy, happiness, forgiveness, and compassion – EXACTLY what the world needs.
If simplicity is needed to get started, Dr. Jeff recommends Intelligent Change’s offering, The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day (Original Creator of The Five Minute Journal - Simple Daily Guided Format - Increase Gratitude & Happiness, Life Planner, Gratitude List)