Five Pillars of Health

Our philosophy at Qi Integrated Health is that there are 5 “pillars” supporting the foundation of optimal health, wellness, preventive medicine and chronic disease mgmt. Each pillar is complementary to the others and they are all important in order to give your body the best outcome.

These 5 pillars are:

Sleep

Research shows a number of tasks are carried out during sleep to help people stay healthy and function at their best. Your brain is hard at work forming pathways necessary for learning and memories and new insights. A lack of sleep can affect your behaviour and cause mood problems. It can cause problems with the ability to focus, pay attention, and respond. Long term, chronic lack of sleep can increase obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular, and infection risks. Sleep is vital to our wellbeing

Mindset

A healthy mind is necessary for a healthy body. More evidence is linking mindset and being present to health and wellbeing. Nurturing mental health can also help us combat or prevent mental health problems that are sometimes associated with a chronic physical.

Play

There are cognitive benefits to play for people of all ages. It can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals that promote a sense of wellbeing and temporarily relieve pain. Social interaction of playing with family and friends can help ward off stress and depression, stimulate the mind, and boost creativity. Play can boost energy, vitality. We want to find strategies to incorporate play in your life and help you feel your best.

Food

We’ve long known that that obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes are conditions directly influenced by diet. Current research on the microbiome have found that food is associated with anemia, depression, learning and behavioral problems, and gut health. Your Qi care team would love to engage you in the conversation around understanding the connections between food and health. (SCOTT: Find research on Microbiome and Link to it) Brain Maker (book) – The power of the gut

Movement

Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Physical activity can reduce the risk of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancers, and Alzheimer’s. We want to find the activity that best suits your life and provide the most health benefits.

5 Pillars

Together these pillars make up a balanced and healthy body and mind. Talk to your Qi practitioner about how to integrate these concepts into your daily routines.