Reducing Your Biological Footprint

Tom Meyers
5 min readMar 31, 2024

The concept of the “Biological Footprint,” which I introduced to capture the impact of our lifestyle, environment, and actions on our biological systems, delineates the influence of human activities and lifestyle choices on our inherent natural resources that are vital for health. This concept draws a parallel with the well-established notion of the “ecological footprint,” but it specifically focuses on our biological wellbeing as opposed to earth.

This innovative idea sheds light on how the demands of our lifestyle, work, and ecological challenges caused by the anthropogenic environmental changes exert pressure on our innate resources, crucial for maintaining health and wellbeing. At present, our biological footprint is expanding, thereby straining our innate resources and leading to a.o. increased levels of stress, anxiety, musculoskeletal disorders, mental health problems and diminished wellbeing.

With this concept I hope to introduction a deeper examination of how our everyday choices impact not only the environment but also our personal health in significant ways. It serves as a rallying cry for the adoption of more sustainable and health-conscious practices that benefit both our planet and ourselves.

Creation and Purpose

Through the development of The Reaset Approach, unveiled the idea of the Biological Footprint as a means to encapsulate the effects of our modern, often stress-laden lifestyles on our natural coping and adaptation resources, including the general adaptation syndrome (fight-flight response). The Reaset Approach itself heralds a paradigm shift in manual therapy, aiming to reaset the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and tackle the root causes of physical and mental health issues stemming from our contemporary way of living. The Biological Footprint concept was crafted to illuminate how our environment — encompassing work, technology, diet, physical inactivity, family life, lifestyle, and exposure to anthropogenic environmental changes — accumulate and manifest as tangible impacts on our health and wellbeing.

Importance of Understanding the Biological Footprint

Grasping the significance of one‘s Biological Footprint is crucial for multiple reasons:

  • Personal Health: It sheds light on how lifestyle choices and anthropogenic environmental changes bolster or undermine one‘s health and wellbeing, promoting more informed decisions.
  • Preventative Healthcare: By monitoring and managing one‘s Biological Footprint, individuals can embark on preventative health measures, diminishing the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Holistic Wellness: It champions a comprehensive view of health that not only encompasses the physical but also mental, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing.

Comparison with Ecological Footprint

While the ecological footprint quantifies the environmental impact of human activities in terms of the land area needed to sustain their natural resource use, the Biological Footprint concentrates on the “internal environment.“ It evaluates the cumulative impact of lifestyle choices on an individual‘s biological systems, particularly the autonomic nervous system, crucial for stress response and overall health.

Both concepts are underpinned by the principle of sustainability — just as we strive for a planet-sustainable lifestyle, we should also aspire for a body-sustainable lifestyle.

Reducing Your Biological Footprint: A Pathway to Holistic Health

Reducing your Biological Footprint transcends immediate work-related, lifestyle, and environmental changes, delving into a deeper transformation of your approach to life and wellbeing. The methodologies of developing a “DNA for Your Future“ and “Futurizing Yourself“ could play an important pivotal role in this journey, offering a forward-looking strategy for sustainable health and wellness.

Developing a DNA for Your Future

Creating a “DNA for Your Future“ involves thinking about what you want to feel, your aspirations and potential that do not alter but can be expressed in different ways over time.

This strategy is the basis for Futurizing Yourself and through it you can:

  • Enhance Personal Growth: Identifying and honing y‘our strengths and areas for growth fosters a more fulfilling and healthier life.
  • Cultivate Resilience: A future DNA that includes resilience and adaptability equips you to manage stress effectively and rebound from adversity.
  • Promote Holistic Health: Integrating mental and emotional health aspects into your DNA ensures a holistic approach to diminishing your Biological Footprint.

Futurizing Yourself

“Futurizing Yourself“ entails crafting a vision for your future based on your DNA for the future. By adopting this mindset, you can:

  • Reduce Stress: A clear direction and purpose mitigate feelings of uncertainty and anxiety, significant contributors to your Biological Footprint.
  • Make Healthier Lifestyle Choices: A future-oriented mindset predisposes you to prioritise actions conducive to long-term health and wellbeing.
  • Improve Autonomic Balance: By alleviating stress and anxiety through a purpose-driven life, you bolster the balance of your autonomic nervous system, crucial for your overall health.

Practical Steps to Reduce Your Biological Footprint

Merging the strategies of “Futurizing Yourself” and developing a “DNA for Your Future“ with existing actionable health-oriented measures can substantially reduce your Biological Footprint:

  • Set Clear, Purpose-Driven Goals: Visualise your future in terms of health, relationships, career, and personal growth.
  • Practice Future Forward Reflection: Regularly evaluate your progress towards your future self, adapting your actions and goals as necessary.
  • Embrace a Growth Mindset: Perceive challenges as opportunities for growth and learning.
  • Build a Supportive Community: Engage with those who back your vision for the future and your health goals.


Embracing the concept of reducing your Biological Footprint revolutionises your approach to health, turning the lens from a planetary scale to a deeply personal one. Unlike Planetary Health, which aims to understand and mitigate human activity‘s effects on Earth‘s natural systems, reducing your Biological Footprint spotlights your individual actions and their direct impact on your personal health and wellbeing.

This nuanced view prompts us not just to consider how our lifestyles impact the planet but also to contemplate their resonance within our biological ecosystems. It beckons us to recognise that there is a relationship between our planetary sustainability and the stewardship of our own health. Aligning your daily choices with the tenets of both personal and planetary wellbeing not only contributes to the broader mission of Planetary Health but also sets us on a transformative path towards a more balanced and sustainable existence for ourselves.

In this light, reducing our Biological Footprint emerges as a crucial component of the global endeavour to heal our planet, reminding us that our steps towards personal health optimisation have far-reaching effects, enhancing the collective wellbeing of our global community and the Earth itself.

Note: This article was made in collaboration with ChatGPT.



Tom Meyers

Tom Meyers is an osteopath M.Sc. D.0., Founder the Reaset Approach, Author Futurize Yourself & The Futures Effect