What Are You Eating?
3 Stages of Health Care!
I guess you just know that an RN just has to write about Health related stuff, Right? When it comes to Health Care, there are 3 stages, 1) Primary, 2) Secondary and 3) Tertiary.
So, Primary Health, (the one that no one does or cares about) is where the person, YOU, takes responsibility of their health through diet, exercise, sleep, laughter, de-stress etc.
Secondary Health is where you enter the System. Come into Hospital, go through the tests, get diagnosed with a Health Condition, prescribed medications and require follow-up. This is where most people live, only care when something is wrong.
Lastly, Tertiary Health Care is where you require some long-term treatment, such as a rehab unit to get over conditions that require ongoing treatments.
However, if you asre thinking that a lot of secondary and tertiary problems could be avoided if people focussed more on Primary Health, then you would be correct!
There are a number of diseases today that are at Epidemic Level and these diseases can be traced back to lifestyle. Some of these diseases are Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Auto-Immune Disorders, and Anxiety.
Now, it is a well known fact that many of the diseases/disorders listed above could be avoided by changes to way we eat. BUT, this is a subject loaded with many difficulties for so many people. We as a society have such easy access to all types of food and societal pressures can be tough as well.
Now, due to ignorace so many people have absolutely no idea of the amounts of nutrients thaey are putting into their bodies. People are filling up far too much on worthless carbohydrates and sugars, without enough vegetables. So what we need is an App that would tell us the amounts of the nytrients that we are consuming.
Introducing Cronometer. Cronometer is an amazing App, you simply input what your diet consisted of that day, food and fluids and (for the paid version) a bar graph will be presented to you outlining ALL the food Groups, nutrients, vitamin, minerals. This is a great guide as it will reveal for you where you are deficient, and also where you are over doing it.
Give it a try at Cronometer.com
Time for a sobering thought. Every health condition and disorder can be traced back to what you put in your mouth. Take away the genetics factors, which seem to be less of a cause these days.
So Primary Health starts with what you are putting in your mouth. Is it time for a look at what we are eating? Where we are falling short and where we are doing ok.
Naturally, this is such a huge topic and I could rave on for hours, but I hope you gained something from this post and will give Cronometer a spin.
Tim Murphy RN