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The Determinants of Health & A Nice Autumn Weekend

by Oct 29, 2021

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In naturopathic medicine, the primary goal is to establish the conditions for health. In order to do this, we must acknowledge and correct any imbalances in the things that determine health. This is how we create the conditions that support our health. 

What determines our health? There are too many to list here, but some include inborn determinants (like genetics) and history of disturbances (like past illnesses or medical interventions). 

However, a large part of that which determines our health includes hygienic and lifestyle determinants, and many people are probably already familiar with some of them. Lifestyle determinants include a wide range of things, such as clean water, proper nutrition, sufficient sleep, supportive relationships, spiritual connection, movement, connection with nature, culture and meaningful work.

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This weekend, supported some of my own determinants of health. My wife and puppy visited me, which was super special. We went on several walks outside in the sunshine, enjoying the crisp air of a Saturday in autumn. I took some nice photos of the changing autumn colors. When we got back home, we shared an incredible homemade and nourishing dinner together. I played with my puppy, had a great conversation with my wife, relaxed and rested, and then enjoyed an excellent night of sleep.

Everything that I described above nourishes my health, and I knew it was ‘that time in the trimester’ to take a bit of a break from school specifically to recharge and nourish myself. Supporting my health is always a priority (even as a student), and I can now say that I feel fully ready to focus and embrace the upcoming week of school!


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Katie Kavicky-Mels

Katie Kavicky-Mels

My name is Katie Kavicky-Mels, and I am in my last year of the Naturopathic Medicine program at NUHS. I am a naturopathic intern at the student clinic in Lombard. I live in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin, but I currently live on campus. My roots are deep in nature, and I enjoy camping, hiking, foraging and campfires. I am passionate about addressing the root causes of health issues using nature as the foundation. I look forward to sharing my naturopathic journey with you. I like meeting new folks, so please reach out if you have any questions!


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