Wellness without any pills, potions, or procedures? It can be possible according to CAPT George Ceremuga, DO.
Before his current assignment, Dr. Ceremuga was the Chief of the Integrative Holistic Medicine program at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. He led the inpatient substance abuse program where they had a saying:
“Just for today, do the next right thing and good things happen.”
New health data released late 2015 shows that we need this advice now more than ever.
A Generation in Distress
For the first time in decades, mortality rates have increased for middle-aged non-Hispanic white men and women.[i] Mid-life distress is on the rise as can be seen by “declines in self-reported health, mental health, and ability to work, increased reports of pain, and deteriorating measures of liver function” (Case et al., 2015, p. 1).
But in the midst of this distressing news is a kernel of hope.
Overwhelming evidence shows that good lifestyle choices in diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use, stress management and social connections improve overall health and reduce the impact due to chronic illness and mental disease.[ii]
This means that the choices you make today matter.
5 Steps to Wellness
Dr. Ceremuga’s prescription for wellness includes 5 simple and common sense choices. But choosing healthy habits takes discipline especially since our medical system can make you feel that your health is outside of your control. But most of this time, that’s not true. Studies have shown that up to 70% of health comes from everyday decisions.
As the New Year brings a moment of reflection, consider Dr. Ceremuga’s 5 Pillars of Wellness:
1. You are what you drink.
The human body is made up of 60-70% water. Sufficient water intake impacts weight loss, muscle fatigue, skin health, kidneys, bowel function and more. Remember to drink water by carrying it with you everywhere you go and drink it with every snack and meal. Continue reading “5 Steps to Wellness: A Commonsense Rx” »