Family physician, retired U.S. Army Colonel, and Elixinol medical advisor Dr. Philip Blair is passionate about teaching others to live an active, holistic lifestyle that supports overall health.
Holistic living is a “whole-person” concept. Rather than focusing on temporary signs of stress or discomfort, for example, it’s important to look at the whole person and their daily habits.
“When you look at the whole person, then you realize they’re not sleeping or they’re not eating properly. They’re not resting, they’re socially isolated–you’ve got all of these other things going on,” Dr. Blair says.
According to Dr. Blair, a person who wants to achieve optimal health should incorporate these 5 principles into their lives:
A nutritious diet is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Eating well helps us maintain an optimal weight, manage inflammation, and consume the nutrients we need for energy and efficiency. Each individual has different dietary needs, depending on how their body functions best.
Dr. Blair is an advocate of the ketogenic diet, a low-carbohydrate diet based on healthy monounsaturated fats, meats, and vegetables. One fantastic source of healthy omega 3 fats and complete protein is hemp.
Whether or not you follow a keto lifestyle, hemp seeds and protein are a great way to incorporate more of those nutrients into your healthy diet. Hemp seeds are easy to incorporate into a keto diet; sprinkle them over a salad or blend them into a smoothie for an extra boost of protein and fat.
Like exercise, most adults are sleep-deprived. In fact, the average American adult gets fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night. Sleeplessness contributes to a decline in overall health, an increased risk of having a car accident, and much more.
Incorporating CBD into your bedtime routine could be as simple as taking a serving of hemp CBD extract capsules right before bed. Capsules are a convenient way to get your daily serving of CBD at bedtime to support healthy rest.
We all need adequate movement and daily exercise to maintain our energy and good health. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), over 80% of adults and adolescents fail to meet the recommended levels of physical activity each week, including cardio and strength training.
Whether you’re just starting a new exercise routine or have something well-established, we could all use a little boost to our resilience and recovery. Hemp Balm is a fantastic way to incorporate CBD into your recovery routine so you can stay consistent and get the physical activity you need, week after week.
Meditation is the habit of learning how to be present in the moment with your thoughts and emotions. It’s a way to center yourself in the midst of everyday stress. And it’s a practice Dr. Blair believes can benefit our health and wellbeing if we incorporate it into our routines.
CBD extract’s calming properties make it a great addition to your meditation practice. Try a few drops of Natural Tincture under your tongue before your quiet time. If you need help learning how to meditate, apps like Headspace are available to guide you.
5. Community & Socialization
Technology and stress can keep us from engaging with other people on a daily basis. But being socially isolated contributes to poor health and compromises our wellbeing.
Staying in community with other like-minded individuals can benefit our overall health and vitality. Human connection is valuable, and we need more of it on a regular basis if we want to live our best lives. To reduce temporary anxiety caused by stress or social interaction, add a few pumps of Hemp Extract Liposomes to your glass of water.
About Dr. Blair
Col. Philip Blair, M.D. (U.S. Army retired), medical advisor to Elixinol, is a family physician for small-business employees in several states. He graduated from West Point in 1972, attended the University of Miami School of Medicine and trained as an Army Family Physician. Since 2011, his company, Pro Health Advisor, has provided innovative telemedicine to clients in all 50 states. Learn more here.