What are the 5 Keys to Staying Healthy?

Dr. Elson Haas
written by
Dr. Elson Haas

Apr 06, 2017

The 5 Keys to Staying Healthy

 How is your health?

Are you happy with your energy and vitality?

Look at yourself honestly and ask – What needs healing in my life?

What changes are needed for this healing or rebalancing to occur?

Am I willing and able to commit to the necessary changes?

 This doesn’t need to be complicated.

Let me make it simple for you.

You can open the door to your vital self with these 5 Keys to Staying Healthy. They are based on some core principles about health and vitality that I have developed during more than forty years of preventive medical practice.

Focus on Staying Healthy

Often we don’t really think about our health until we lose it – we wait until we get sick or feel unwell before we take action. Staying Healthy means more than just prevention; it means working daily to improve our level of wellness, actually elevating our health set- point. This takes being proactive.

How we look and feel is primarily based on how we live

The choices we make each day are at the heart of this principle. This is not just a concept, but a call to action for us to take personal responsibility for our health. Our habits and behavior patterns contribute to almost every health outcome that we experience, for better or worse. Our lifestyle activities are the first areas to assess in our health review, so let’s first consider that if we want a different result, some things in our life will need to change.

Lifestyle first, Natural therapies next, drugs or surgery last.

When we do get sick and need treatment, these are the guidelines that I follow and recommend for my patients. Of course, I suggest them for you as well.

You First! Your health starts with you!

I invite you to use these 5 Keys to look within yourself and begin to identify what issues are underlying the challenges you face in achieving optimal health. If your blood pressure, or cholesterol, or blood sugar levels are starting to rise, there are many things to do before turning to prescription medicines. Are allergies a problem? If so, what are you reacting to? If it’s poor sleep, are you consuming too many stimulants like caffeine, sugar, or “energy” drinks?

Although aspects of this health review may seem complex, requiring some contemplation, as you probe these questions you will find that you actually have knowledge of, and command over, many important areas of your life—such as what you eat, how you manage stress, and whether you exercise or not. You cannot simply count on your doctors and other health practitioners to point these issues out to you. You know yourself better than anyone else knows you.

By examining yourself in this way, you can begin to unlock the potential for optimal health. Most of us require some reprogramming as well as emotional support to make changes in our daily habits. Figuring out how to incorporate these transitions smoothly into your life is crucial to improving your health, lowering medical costs, and preventing disease.

Of course, there are many factors other than lifestyle choices that can contribute to disease. We can do all the right things and still get sick, so we should not feel like failures when we become ill, but embrace illness as a learning process. Health and medical issues can be mysterious, and it can be challenging to figure out causes and treatments, yet for the most part, when we take good care of ourselves, we attain and maintain better health and vitality, and we are less susceptible to disease. This is just a beginning of course, and you can find more detailed discussion of these topics and in my books. As with many things in life, ensuring that you have a solid foundation is a good way to proceed.

Use these 5 Keys and you can add years to your life and life to your years!

 The 5 Keys Self Survey – do this at the beginning of your lifestyle review and again at the end

How do you rate your Health and Habits in each area?  (10 being the best possible)

  • Nutrition: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10
  • Exercise:   1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10
  • Stress:        1 — 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10
  • Sleep:         1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10
  • Attitude:   1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10

Ideally, we are 7 or above in all of these areas. If not, the low spots are a good place to begin.

The 5 Keys – NUTRITION

Dr. Elson Haas
written by
Dr. Elson Haas

Apr 05, 2017

Natural Foods in a Balanced Diet

 We have more potential control over what we eat than in any other area of our lives, so this is a good place to begin, even though it can be a challenge. Our Diet is what we eat and Nutrition is comprised of the many nutrients our body can digest and assimilate from our foods. Food can bring us much pleasure and sustenance and it’s certainly part of sharing our lives with others. Plus, our food choices influence our health directly in positive and negative ways. We are challenged and tempted early in our lives with all the tasty, sweetened, quick snacks available and advertised to us. Do we need to eat the hippest foods to fit in, or can we enjoy the basics of nature to nourish ourselves fully? Of course, nutrition is a complex subject and in my career as an author and teacher, I have explored this topic more than any other, in my books Staying Healthy with Nutrition, The False Fat Diet, and The Detox Diet. You can learn more from these sources and my website.

Our bodies have more than a hundred different cell types requiring millions of biochemical reactions to work properly helping our bodies to thrive optimally. When we do not eat a sufficiently nutritious diet, nor have good digestion and assimilation to deliver the nutrients to our cells, our bodies (and minds) cannot be running at 100%. When we expose our cells to more toxins than our body can readily detoxify and eliminate, our cellular and tissue functions may be undermined. Over time, this can lead to many acute and chronic symptoms, as well as a myriad of diseases. The key here is to eat healthy, nourishing foods, especially vegetables, proteins, and fruits, and to avoid toxins whenever possible. Another part of this Key is to learn how food and supplements help us recover and heal when symptoms or illness occur. This may involve habit changes and detoxification/elimination diets as a start. These simple changes in our lifestyle habits can correct many underlying health problems.


Over the last 40 years I have found that one of the best ways to begin and continue the journey to optimal health is with a natural cleansing and detoxification program. Detoxification can be as simple as avoiding certain foods for a period of time, like with a juice fast, or involve specific cleansing programs and various detoxification herbs and supplements. An elimination diet mainly involves avoiding certain foods for some time to see how your body reacts to them. This is often the first step in assessing food allergies, sensitivities, or any adverse food reactions. Ideally, at the very least, we should take an occasional break from sugar, caffeine, alcohol, as well as dairy and wheat products and see how we feel. I truly believe that if our entire nation did this for three weeks, half of people’s symptoms and medical conditions would be lessened. If you want to try this for yourself, you can learn more from my book The Detox Diet.