On top of this, as we all know, we are contending with the emergence of novel infectious diseases and environmental toxins, all of which need constant surveillance and avoidance strategies.
I start from the premise that the body and mind do have the capacity to heal themselves - they just need pointing in the right direction! When something's wrong and you want to do something about it, it's worth considering what is at the root, and what path you can take to encourage your own healing processes.
Optimum health is a bit of an illusion. Whilst we can all remember a time when we felt better than now, the reality is that we are who we are in the present moment. If we can adapt our own personal environment - including what we do and what we eat, to support our core state, then we stand a much better chance of avoiding the pitfalls of modern ageing.
It is helpful to see your health and wellbeing as a journey, rather than a destination.
In terms of general health most people feel so much better once they identify and eliminate particular foods from their diet, and replace them with more nutrient-dense foods.
It is very common for people to lose excess weight with relative ease by adopting an evolutionary approach to diet, without having to count calories.
The dietary approach is now widely recognised by sports people as the number one factor affecting physical and mental performance.