Primal Health Coach
What we all want is good mental and physical health, to be able to fully participate in society, stay fit, sharp and energetic until (very) old age. Becoming very old is now more common than not. But on the other hand, our quality of aging is increasingly suffering from certain ‘modern’ illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, periodontitis, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and psychiatric disorders. These disorders are becoming more common at an increasingly younger age and only a small part of the increase can be explained by the fact that we are getting older. You can do two things, wait until your living conditions suddenly change drastically (trigger diseases) and still do not turn to our primal health coach. Option two, before (and after) illnesses, knocks at your door, invite our primal health coach into your lifestyle.
Primal health what???
A primal health coach is not just your ordinary wellness coach. No, this coach is packed with knowledge about how to motivate, break ingrained habits and provides guidance toward lifestyle and behavior choices that support optimal well-being. His approach is not staying within the usual lines of coaching. The PH coach incorporates the sensible simplicity of our primal ancestors and supports your genetic evolutionary blueprint with real-food, low-carb eating, inspired movement and play, and stress-reduction and balance in all aspects of life.
For the challenges below you can also appeal to our primal health coach:
♦You Have Never Learned To Eat Properly
♦You Have Trouble Sticking With Healthy Eating
♦Nothing Has Worked For You In The Past
♦You Are Tired Of Gimmicks, Fads, and Diet Trends
♦You Are Looking For A Permanent Solution
♦You Need Help Navigating A Special Diet (AIP, GAPS, SCD, Keto, Low-Histamine, Low-Oxalate, Wahls, Whole 30, etc)
And never forget -real food- doesn’t have ingredients; it is ingredients.
The primal health coach can, in addition to giving advice and broad guidance towards a healthy lifestyle, teach you how to measure your HRV. He will also explain to you how you can apply these measurements to your benefit.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
The heart rate variability (HRV) is a reliable & measurable biomarker of stress or other influences in your body. By measuring your HRV you get a good insight into your autonomic nervous system. The autonomous nervous system automatically regulates almost all unconscious functions and processes (breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, energy management, digestion, and metabolism) in your body. This nervous system has two ( rules ) duties to bring your body into action/fighting flight mode (sympathicus ) or recovery/rest mode (parasympathicus ). For example, in an under-stimulated active mode, you may feel exhausted after light action or sleep a lot and wake up tired. Stressful situations or overtraining leads to a decrease in your HRV. You will start feeling restless, nervous or hunted, and so on. In persistent stressful situations, the balance between an active mode and rest mode will get in the long run seriously disturbed. Ultimately the result is chronic stress symptoms. In short, your HRV is a good messenger on how healthy you are, how your stress tolerance and physical recovery is. A lot of physical problems are closely related to a less functioning autonomic nervous system. They say that to measure is to know. So start now with measuring your HRV. This is done non – invasive, so no cutting or piercing into the body.
HRV is NOT Heart Rate.
Unlike basic heart rate (HR) that counts the number of heartbeats per minute, HRV looks much closer at the exact changes in time between successive heartbeats (also called inter-beat intervals, RR intervals & NN intervals).
Real World Application of HRV
The first thing you start with is setting up and maintaining your personal HRV baseline. The primal health coach will support you with this. Depending on what you like, you can measure your HRV by using a chest strap+app (fig.1) on your smartphone or even easier by using the CoreSense +app. (fig.2). After determining your baseline, you are ready to become aware of how your lifestyle and health affect your HRV in a positive or negative way. When your HRV goes down, something may burden your body or mind. When your HRV goes up, then something (nutrition, exercise, relaxation) does your body or mind well.
What’s the benefit for me?
♦Me the health freak,
Heart rate variability is one of the indicators of the state of your health & fitness, recovery & readiness. If you’re an endurance athlete or otherwise exercise-oriented HRV predicts training response for several weeks of training. If you have high HRV, your body can be expected to respond positively to high-intensity training. If you have low HRV, your body can be expected to respond positively low-intensity training.
Intensive exercise (endurance and HIIT) can lower your HRV, but if you recover well (compared to your baseline), it will jump back up again soon. If your HRV doesn’t jump back up, you may have been training too hard or too often. It is wise to adjust your activity until the measurements indicate your body can again engage in intensive activities.
♦Me with the crappy lifestyle,
Stressed out or don’t sleep well for a while, you could see your HRV values gradually dropping, indicating that your body might not be at its best, and you need to take the time for stress /sleep management, preferably breaking ingrained habits. HRV can be a great precursor to disease as a lower HRV correlates with a weakened immune system.
♦Me the food lover,
Using HRV is a great tool to identify foods that can harm the body, or reduce the parasympathetic activity that should be dominating when we are digesting.
However, your HRV values are like your overall health a combination of several things. So pay attention to yourself and how you feel as a whole. And overall, HRV drops with dehydration.