2 Health Factors That Contribute To Improved Wellness

We all know about “good health:” it’s the thing that happens when we eat well, sleep enough, and exercise each week. Simple enough, right?

But what, exactly, is wellness?

Wellness can be difficult for many of us to descriptively explain-- but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important for our general health! When you hear the word “wellness,” don’t just think of it as some feel-good myth, warns Gary Kaplan, DO, speaker at Prevention magazine's Prevention R3 Summit. Knowing what it means, though, involves realizing how it applies to you on a personal level: listening to your body is the only way you can accomplish what it is your body’s been trying to get through to you from the beginning!

Two Things Your Body Needs You To Know

As suggested previously, Dr. Kaplan acts as a frequent speaker at Prevention's R3 Summit, which is a big “wellness weekend,” so to speak, that allows people to be refreshed, revitalized, and reinvented from the inside out.

The R3 summit is founded on six important wellness pillars, two of which include Health and Healthy Epicurean-- and it’s these same two pillars of wellness Dr. Kaplan chose to discuss as paramount to the quality of his own life below.

Healthy Epicurean

Dr. Kaplan says that we don’t listen to our body often enough, particularly in regards to what it is we eat.  When you find yourself consuming foods that you shouldn't be and you have tons of gas and bloating, any other types of low-level discomfort, he says, that should be an indication that there's something wrong within us that should immediately be addressed.

"Helping people clean up their diets,” while addressing such early edible indicators, becomes paramount to a person’s optimal wellness. Be aware of your body’s functions, listen to your body, and work to restore your health before you allow yourself to get sick, he says. If you need to, set yourself up on an elimination diet to discover exactly what it is that’s bothering you.


Losing weight should be a secondary benefit of working out, since it's your brain that gets the biggest workout. Inflammation happens in the brain whenever damage has occurred to nerve cells there-- and many different things can bring about such damage, Dr. Kaplan offers, while also alluding to the fact that exercise can help revitalize brain tissue.

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