One of the first questions I ask new patients is "How would you rate your health?" It's a good ice breaker because it gets right to the core of their relationship with their body. The most common answer is: "I'm in good health, doc!" But when I look at their list of medications and health issues—the ones that made them want to set up an appointment with me in the first place—I see that they are hardly in "good health," much less optimal.
What they usually mean is that they feel "all right." They go to work, try to eat healthy, and get through life without any major problems. In reality, though, how we feel is a relatively poor predictor of our health. For the first time in human history, chronic disease has surpassed infectious disease, and these types of illnesses—like chronic heart problems, autoimmune diseases, and cancer—often go under-the-radar for years.
So what are great gauges for assessing your health? Well, I'm glad you asked! Because achieving optimal health is not only possible; it's something that I see on a weekly basis in my functional medicine center. Here are the 19 signs you've achieved optimal health: