Wellness is a function of various interrelated factors. Lifestyle choices that do not support health can inhibit it and lead to a lack of wellness and declining health.
Many of the most common health problems today are the result of the way we live our lives, particularly what we eat and don’t eat, how we move, or don’t move, as well as our ability to manage stress and get sufficient rest. The increasing toxic load of our environment and lifestyle also impacts health. Personal care products, artificial ingredients, harmful chemicals, metals and other elements affect our health in significant but often unknown ways.
Primary among the factors that determine our wellness is the food that we eat and its quality. Most people don’t think much about what they put into their bodies and how it will affect their short and long term health, however the body cannot express wellness without the proper quality and quantity of nutrients. A nutrient dense diet is the cornerstone of a sustainable and healthy way of living. It includes whole, unprocessed foods. It excludes refined and processed ‘foods of convenience’ that lack the spectrum of natural nutrients and enzymes and contain unnatural products that contribute to poor health. A nutrient dense diet minimizes the amount of toxins that are consumed by focusing on organic, natural foods and optimizes and supports the body's natural detoxification pathways.
There is no one way of eating that is best for everyone. Nutritional Therapy is based on the concept of bioindividuality. Each of us is a unique biochemical being with a specific need for nutrients and distinct ability to process and eliminate toxins.
Wellness is also impacted by one’s daily movement patterns. Not only is exercise critical for health because it builds muscle that improves our functional capacity but movement itself is important for all of our systems to function optimally including our cardiovascular, neurological, immune and endocrine systems.
Ascendant Well+Fit is based on the foundation that a quality, whole food, nutrient dense diet combined with a functional approach to movement and fitness can create and sustain wellness through the lifespan.
Dana M. O’Connor, NTC CPT
Nutritional Therapy Consultant
Certified Personal Trainer