Poor health is an indicator of our body’s inability to conserve, access, and efficiently utilize necessary energy resources leading to entropy, inefficient metabolism, and disease.
We loose precious energy with:
- Stressful encounters at home and work
- Eating food that is hard to digest/eliminate lacking nutrients and restorative energy
- Worrying about the past, present, and future
- Becoming stagnant in our growth and development
- Insufficient exercise, relaxation, and sleep to maintain metabolic efficiency
Lifestyle behaviors drive 75% to 85% of chronic health care conditions. Sustained or excessive work-life and environmental stress create vulnerable to stress-related physical ailments. “The Big 6” includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. One in six individuals, age 50 to 64, has at least one of these conditions. Additional stress-related conditions include immune disorders as well as emotional and mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc).
Nutrition also plays a key role. In the U.S., the annual economic cost of obesity (insurance, paid sick leave, and other payments) is $12.7 billion. Currently, 13 to 15 cents of every dollar of GDP goes to health care costs. This cost is projected to increase to 30 to 33 cents in the next 10 to 15 years.
The prevalence of heart disease, cancer, and stroke throughout the U.S. population and the aging demographics has made it critical to include our internal environment (mind, body, spirit) in our efforts to obtain a sustainable external environment.
Creating a Culture of Sustainability
Our ability to preserve the Earth’s biosphere and biodiversity, to achieve local/global sustainable culture, and to live optimally (mind-body health and wellbeing) requires balancing our internal environment.
Achieving a sustainable culture requires addressing the inner environment as well as the external environment. The internal environment includes purpose; mind-body/emotional-metabolic health and wellbeing; eco-conscious living, healthy eating and lifestyle; reciprocal relationships (social, family, intimate partnerships, Earth/nature); and work-life balance. The external environment consists of our home and workspace; social, cultural, and economic communities; and natural and developed surroundings.
Regular engagement with the internal and external aspects of our natural environment facilitates good health, efficient metabolism, vitality, and a sense of fulfillment and wellbeing. From a revitalized and thriving state of being, we can design sustainable lives in which our thoughts, behaviors, social interactions, and relationships conserve, restore, and maximize our personal and collective resources improving our resiliency and quality of life.
Conservation and sustainability begin within!