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A Busy Moms Guide | How to be a Healthy Mom in 2020

A Busy Moms Guide to Scheduling a Healthy Life

I get it. You’re exhausted, worn down, and probably reading this by phone light in bed in an effort of 5 mins of peace before bed, in the bathroom, or during one of your recreational hobby times of googling your symptoms. As moms, we juggle a ton, from schedules to appointments, to dinners, to grocery shopping, and cuddle times. Moms are like the grand central station of the home with everyone coming and going and needing something or other from them. It is important in this process that we support our own health in the process of running errands, parenting, and making demands. It is easy to forget the most important person in the process. In case you are wondering the most important person, is you?

Many parents come to my office with the best of intentions. There son or daughter is having some challenges, and they are at their wits end with the whole thing. So they seek a professional to help support them through the process of healing their son or daughters health issues. As a good holistic doctor and medical detective, I often uncover unhealthy behaviors being passed down, as well as many intuitive children feeding off the primary parents,  range of stressful emotions. When I speak with the parent about the idea of them treated as well in the process they shake it off and say, no Sally or Johnny first. Meaning their children before themselves. I think this is counterintuitive to the process of healing. I get that Mom and Dad may be on a fixed budget or Mom may be the only one supporting the babies, which is all the more reason for mom to ensure she is healthy that way she is able to show the babies what it means to be healthy.

Intuitive children these days without mention match and mirror the behaviors of the primary parent. So if the primary parent neglects themselves, doesn’t take breaks, rest, or supports themselves and their healthy baby will also do the same. In fact, between 0-8 years old the subconscious mind develops. This is where unconscious thought forms are most at play. Let’s pretend for a moment that Little Johnny (or Sally) sees Mom working no stop 10-12 hour days both at home and at work. She comes home and even exhausted still pushes herself to keep the house clean, do laundry, etc. instead of recruiting the entire family to help or minimizing the number of things in the home to make it easier to clean. This cycle goes on a one, and Little Sally (or Johnny) never sees. Mom sit down, take a break, or even relax. In fact, Mom is pretty high strung, stressed out, doesn’t sleep well, tends to be irritable at times with a short fuse, very reactive even at the slightest measure. This is a product of Mom not prioritizing herself and putting herself first. I get it, busy mom, you are last not the schedule. I get it, so much to do, so little time. I get it if you only knew this or that.

Let me tell you something, what needs to come first is You, no one else or nothing else. No dish, no pile of laundry, no soccer game. You need to love You as I love you, which means you need to show up for you. If that means you tell the kiddos that they are going to free play for 15 mins while you go in the other room in meditate, or you prepare little breakfast snack bags for them to help themselves before you come downstairs in the morning you need to work your life around you and your needs. Trust me the kids will confirm, especially if you tell them that if they disturb you in your meditation, then they will immediately go to nap time. I guarantee you won’t hear from them for a while. Kids must learn to take care of themselves, comfort themselves, Dan smooth themselves. When my daughter was little an older and wiser couple advised my ex-husband, and I do not only let her soothe herself but also taught us not to be super quiet every time she slept. So now my 14 years old literally could sleep through a freight train. This is an example of me being a busy mom, working many hours and not wanting to creep around my house like a cat burglar. I think at times we are almost afraid of our children in the sense that we have been taught by our parents to give selflessly, relentlessly, and without a boundary; as a result, we have created some pretty entitled kids thinking that the world revolves around them, sound familiar?

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I am not saying that there is not a balance between your needs and there’s but what I am saying is that you need to find the balance before the lack of balance finds you, because it will and it probably already has – co-sleeping at 15 years old. I’m not passing judgment anywhere if you are happy with how you have raised your child I applaud you, but ultimately it needs to work FOR YOU not against you. If it is not working for you changes need to be made to create better balance; otherwise, you will constantly be catching your breath instead of flourishing. Before we go here are a few tips on how to be a healthy mom and manage your busy schedule:

  1. Make time for you – even if it is 15 mins trapped in the bathroom. Make sure you have some dedicated time every day just for you
  2. Get on a schedule – Children love routine it helps them feel safe and builds discipline
  3. Learn to teach your children how to be autonomous – I loved Montessori for this as it taught my daughter how to pour her own drinks, get her own snacks, and be independent. Teach them how to meet their own needs, so you are not turning into the household butler.
  4. Do something to help your stress level. Whether that is yoga, Pilates, cycling, or the gym. Make sure you take time to relax and relieve your stress.
  5. Don’t jump at every whim. Every cry, every yell, every scream, every demand is not the bat signal. You can let them cry it out (yes I said it). Our children train us if we run and jump at every cry they will learn they are in charge. If we pause, allow them to breathe and then approach calming to ask what is wrong then it gets them thinking—- how do I handle this if she is not here
  6. It’s okay to let them fail. If they don’t get everything right on the test or are picked for every sports team, its okay. Also if they make choices and the cause and effect scenario doesn’t always work in their favor its okay. They will be okay. Failure is a part of life and the more they learn about resilience, the better equipped they will be to handle life.
  7. Allow them to be who they are, try not to force a round peg in a square hole. It’s truly okay if they are different and if they zig instead of zag. The world needs more leaders, outliers, and those that are able to teach the world some big stuff.
  8. Grocery shop online and pickup, then prep veggies with the kids in front of the TV. This one is my fav. Online grocery shopping is such a time saver- I love it. Just click pick up. Some even deliver. Then on the coffee table (yes I said coffee table) put a big chopping board and chop veggies and then have the kiddos bag them for you. I weigh broccoli crowns into neat 2-4 oz servings for easy grab and go or grab and steam action. This can be done with fruit, veggies, nuts, just about anything and everything. I love it. It teaches them how to be healthy, the importance of meal prep, and is a HUGE time saver come dinner time. WIN WIN WIN!
  9. Relax, you’re not perfect. It’s okay, you’re good, they are good., Some days they will be crying, some days you will be crying, some days everyone will be crying. Other days there will be yelling, and so on and so forth. Teach your children how do handle emotions, and care for your own emotions even if that means you need to put yourself in time out.

Parenting is tough. The 1940s wife who stayed at home with her full-time housewife role in a lot of ways had her wits about her. The superwomen to whom we have become today are nothing short of walking miracles, and I encourage you all to pat yourselves on the back to be managing two full time plus jobs. It truly is awesome for you to keep the dream alive. Just remember in the whole process, don’t lose yourself, remember to be kind and to love yourself like I love you and even more. Everything you need to get done will get done in the perfect timing, just breath. Now that you know how to be a healthy mom in 2020 while managing your busy schedule go out their, make a plan, and remember to give yourself a breather.

*All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

Why are More Families Choosing Holistic & Alternative Medicine in 2020?

Why Are More and More Families Choosing Holistic Medicine

We did it! We made it to 2019! How exciting. If you are anything like me, the end of the year is a great time for reflection of the previous year and what went well, what went wrong, and what totally failed. Sometimes my goals were lofty, but sometimes my intentions were not grand enough. Either way, I love the feeling that I get from a new year. It almost reminds me of a nice shower after a workout in the gym or a new outfit on the first day of school. The new year signifies a time of transition and great change. Holistic medicine is no different. That is one of the reasons I love about healthcare. It is always changing, progressing and shifting, good or bad. Most recently I began watching the Resident on Hulu, a doctor show of course! I secretly love all doctor shows, and watch them on my downtime as a means of relaxation.. haha!

This show is pretty interesting as it explores the various aspects of healthcare regarding a lack of patient care combined with doctors with unscrupulous billing practices. Thankfully, there are “the good guys” in healthcare played by the lead character Conrad Hawkins and his on and off again ex-girlfriend nurse Nic. He is very much a rebel in the hospital working to set people straight with his own rules of patient care. I often reflect how this pertains to my practice. I see many similarities in fact. Many of you know that I am a mother and I have been one for the last 14 years. There is not anything I wouldn’t do for my 14-year-old daughter especially for her health, yet the more I began to learn and complete my training the more I saw a huge gap in patient care for families from a holistic perspective. Many families would love to offer their children healthier alternatives to conventional practices, such as holistic medicine yet don’t necessarily know what to do and are often afraid to step outside of the box in treating them. Sure, Google has its perks, but these are your children we are talking about.

Alas, when I got pregnant, I was a proud vegetarian. I ate lots of veggies during pregnancy, yet was unaware of my severe anemia which led me to eat beef (even though I did not want to, pregnancy cravings are intense) Little did myself, or my awesome OBGYN, know what nutritional supplementation I could have used to balance not only my anemia but prevent any other host of complications. My OBGYN was terrific as an allopathic doctor but was unaware of holistic medicine to guide me along in the process of my desire to have a natural pregnancy as well as delivery. I felt all alone, by myself and even come delivery time was often mocked by the nurses because I showed up with my birthing ball and essential oils (this was well before this was a thing). Alas, I perceived without Doula, Midwife, or any other support person I could have used to walk myself through the process of natural birth. Sadly, my daughter ended up being born via C-section as I was told the cord was wrapped around her neck, and I had stopped dilating at 9.5 cm (who knows if this was accurate, but later realized that my pause in dilation was a natural resting period. My daughter was not provided any of my bacteria from my vagina to help support her immune system and was immediately taken away, which later created difficulty in breastfeeding. I tell you all of this to explain that had I would have been more educated on my options, or was aware of what I could do that was more in alignment with my lifestyle I would have gladly obliged, but my allopath had no experience in that type of practice. In fact, if mentioned she may even suggest that there was no scientific basis for any of the methods mentioned.

Proudly at 14, my daughter has never been vaccinated, nor has she ever taken an over the counter drug. She has only used homeopaths, and if she gets sick, she often rests, drinks tea, and knows how to care for her own health better than many adults. Once I took her to an allopathic doctor for a check-up around the time she was coming of age, just to see what perspective I would gain from them if any (a girl can hope right). They asked multiple times if she was sick, to which repeatedly I let them know she was not and we just wanted routine blood work to monitor her health. Perplexed, they obliged but only after my insistence. It was actually pretty comically. The mindset of only taking your child to the doctor if they are ill and never monitoring their health or teaching the child what it means to be healthy. I celebrate that in my practice. I often ask children questions about what it means to be healthy and encourage them to take ownership of their own health. I also educate parents on how to set healthy boundaries, how to not allow their children to walk all over them, and assist parents in breaking unhealthy parenting patterns that they developed from their parents. After all most children don’t come with owners manual if any, and this conscious group of kids coming out today is pretty incredible leaving many unaware parents perplexed, frustrated, and downright stressed out attempting to manage them. Combine that with work pressures, relationship pressures, in-law pressures, and more and many moms are just trying to go to the bathroom in peace let alone take on the world of parenting.

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I like to think of my practice as a safe haven for parents seeking the option of raising their children on a natural path, helping them understand proactive health versions reactive health. I often find that parents have many questions that their other doctors either can’t answer, won’t answer, or will shame them for the asking. Is it safe for me to vaccinate MY child? What do I need to be feeding my son/daughter? What nutrition are they lacking from their diets? What can we do for their sleep, behavior, mood that does not involve medication? There are many questions that parents ask in an effort not to overmedicate their children. Surely there are moments to which their children may need medication, but we want that to be the last resort for many parents, and we want a comprehensive view of their health. Many child well visits have mainly be reduced to vaccination appointments, and if the family chooses not to vaccinate, they find there is very little need for the visit. We offer Homeoprophylaxis, which works to educate the immune system without the toxic substances found in many vaccines to date; however, that is not the main purpose of their visits. Sometimes we discuss their school, their friends, even how they feel about certain life events such as a divorce, death, or previous exposures to abuses. We provide the tools to build emotional health even before they become inundated with various stressors that can potentially have them spiraling out of control as adults. That is our goal really, to provide children with the tools to be fully functioning and self-actualized adults. We have the advantage now more than ever to equip our children with the necessary tools for living a healthy life, and I am very proud of creating a practice that I would want to take my children too, even equipped with a crowd favorite train table set, color books about health topics, and a host of various grade and age level books. Children often enjoy visiting our practice so much they request to come back and also don’t want to leave, which provides a great opportunity to flex some pretty precise parenting skills. It’s time to go, little Johnny.

Children that come to our practice begin to associate getting well with coming to our practice. This jogs a memory of a little gal I treated for behavioral symptoms which we had to remove medications with her psychiatrist and rework her entire neurological protocols in order to help her gain her health. Long story short, we got her all balanced, healthy, and back to normal after some intensive medication side effects and whenever she felt “off” would tell her Mom. “It’s time to go see Dr. Steele.” I’ve treated this little mama since she was 3 years old, she is now 9.

I am truly grateful to the parents that trust me, listen to me, and most importantly follow my directions whether their interest is to start a family, take care of the family they have, or just take care of themselves, we serve a very unique place in the healthcare space. The often underserved, underappreciated area of true holistic medicine. The are that builds health rather than fights disease. If you are interested in being one of the families that our practice supports in your holistic healthcare journey feel free to reach out to us to schedule an appointment. Typically, we charge one consult fee per family.

*All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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Spring Detox II

 

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March is Spring Detox. This class will focus on our 21 day detox program and how the changes of the seasons is a perfect time to detox and heal the body. We will answer questions relating to healthy detoxification practices and discover the various forms of detoxes including DOs and DONT’s to Detox the body naturally.

 

 

Class is from 5:30pm – 7:30pm 

Spring Detox III

 

3.0 Spring Detox III 

 

March is Spring Detox. This class will focus on our 21 day detox program and how the changes of the seasons is a perfect time to detox and heal the body. We will answer questions relating to healthy detoxification practices and discover the various forms of detoxes including DOs and DONT’s to Detox the body naturally.

 

 

Class is from 3:00pm – 5:00pm 

Spring Detox

 

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March is Spring Detox. This class will focus on our 21 day detox program and how the changes of the seasons is a perfect time to detox and heal the body. We will answer questions relating to healthy detoxification practices and discover the various forms of detoxes including DOs and DONT’s to Detox the body naturally.

 

 

Class is from 3:00pm – 5:00pm 

Homeoprophylaxis: Educating your child’s immune system naturally (Tips & Tricks)

8.0 Homeoprophylaxis Educating your childs immune system naturally

Homeoprophylaxis is a form of gentle, safe, and effective method of educating the immune system for many common diseases to which have had lasting effects on our society. Disease such as Polio, Measles, Mumps has been eradicated in the past with traditional vaccinations combined with advancement in hygiene practices to include indoor plumbing, bathing in clean water, filtering drinking water, etc. However, as time continues to pass by more and more vaccines are being added to the schedule with many families reporting adverse reactions. Definitive study has not been done to assess further the complete safety of all vaccines on all children making the issue more and more tense as families refuse and healthcare professionals as well as governmental authorities created vaccine mandates.

Many families that choose to vaccinate do so by a delayed vaccine schedule, while others opt out of vaccines all together with fears of reactions. Many techniques of vaccine schedule delays are being done including spreading out the vaccines all together as well as separating out the various vaccines to only do one or two at a time. Extensive research is required to understand the positive and negative effects of multiple systems on a single as well as combinations of vaccines. Unfortunately, there is no way to definitively prove safety since no two human beings are indeed alike biochemically and otherwise.A global view in this is concerning as we address individual healthcare needs that are bioindividual. Every component must indeed be factored in as we discuss genetic risk factors, combined with lifestyle and biochemical traits. This is an individual assessment to be done at the provider and patient level rather than at a governmental level.

Homeoprophylaxis serves to educate the bodies immune system responses using nosodes, which are homeopathic pellets. Homeopathic Immunizations has been demonstrated to be 90% effective in clinical studies based on both homeopathic as well as scientific principles. HP has been used over the last 200 years to prevent epidemics as well as treat many types of infectious diseases all over the world and is widely gaining popularity within the United States. The largest trial of short-term use of HP was against an outbreak in Brazil against Meningococcal disease. Researchers gave 65,826 children the homeopathic remedy Meningococcinum. An additional 23,539 were not protected. The effectiveness of the treatment was 95% after 6 months and 91% after 12 months.

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Homeopathic medicines are prepared using a series of dilutions and successions which is where they firmly strike the remedy on a firm surface. The potencies of the remedies are determined by the level of dilutions, at 12 C potency there is no longer the original substance just the bioenergetic frequencies of that substances. This is counter-intuitive to the allopathic medical model which uses higher doses as a means of a stronger treatment. It is slightly different in the homeopathic world, where the more diluted a substance is the more effective it may be in treatment.

Homeopathic remedies have been used for hundreds of years in the treatment of children (and adults) with colds,c cases of flu, colics, infections, and the like. It is still an effective treatment used for acute conditions within a holistic family practice. I have successfully worked with many cases of assorted health concerns and use a combination of classical (single remedy) as well as complex (which is multiple remedies) homeopathic. In 19 out of 20 possible measures of health it is seen that vaccinated children tend to be less healthy than other children. This could be due to many reasons, one in particular as parents that choose not to vaccinate are more focused on building the health of their children and are slightly more conscious of the foods the children eat, etc. Not to say that those that choose to vaccinate are less conscious of their children’s health but in the most dramatic of single finding those that were vaccinated had a 15 times greater chance of becoming asthmatic than children using HP as their form of immunotherapy.

Currently in Virginia, there are two Certified Homeoprophylaxis providers and I am one of them. I serve families both locally as well as Internationally with their HP needs. We follow the same schedule and I am also certified in Travel HP as well for those going abroad and overseas. We provide exemptions as well as physicals for families back to school and offer healthcare advocacies for those that need it for school as well as various facilities entrance. For those families moving forward with vaccines, I can also assist with the re-education of the immune system including healing any effects of them and of course serving those families with vaccine injuries.

5 Natural Remedies for Infertility (Men & Women)

7.0 Natural Strategies to Combat Infertility

Infertility plagues many women of all ages. It can be frustrating, painstaking, disappointing, and worst of all sad. Which is why I have made it an important topic to discuss about natural remedies for infertility. Whether you are unable to get pregnant or hold a pregnancy the feeling of shame, sorrow, and disappointment associated with infertility is more than many women can bear. Some women give up, or they seek infertility treatments which can be costly and sometimes lead to complications. The rate of infertility continues to climb as many researchers, and health advocates alike blame the toxicities and many environmental pollutants for the damaging effects of a woman’s body. As we discussed in a previous blog post on Perinatal care, many medications have not been tested on women before during or after pregnancy so we are unwittingly taking drugs that can create long-term complications to pregnancies. Not to mention, the various difficulties that are arising.

Sadly, 7.5 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 have infertility. Infertility is defined as the body not being able to hold or sustain a pregnancy even after frequent unprotected sex for a period of at least a year. The CDC further explores these figures and notes that 7.3 million women have used infertility services. What is happening when our bodies natural ability to carry and hold life is being impaired. Let’s explore the various options available to natural conception. It’s all about the GUT GUT GUT! I must sound like a broken record. Majority of the hormonal, neurological, and immunological system is all housed in the digestive system. Therefore, you are not only what you eat, but also what you digest and assimilate as well as eliminate. I am an advicate of natural remedies for infertility and it all starts from your diet.

Let’s start to look at what we are eating for optimal fertility.

  • Organic Foods – Herbicides, Pesticides, GMOs can also have damaging effects on the liver as well as the digestive and hormonal system. Endotoxic chemicals found in non-organic food can potentially have many unprecedented impacts on the hormonal system many of which have not been significantly studied.
  • Foods High in Nutrients – Foods high in nutrients such as Omegas, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Folate are an excellent choice for building a healthy baby. Omegas help reduce inflammation which can promote a healthy egg quality. Folate can help build new cells as well as prevent any congenital disabilities.
  • Eliminate. Eliminate. Eliminate – Eliminate foods that are damaging to your gut such as high-fat processed meats, grains, sugar, alcohol, drugs, and any foods that the body reacts to the lining of the GI system. Starving out any unhealthy bacteria as well as yeast in the digestive system is helpful for cleaning up the gut microbiology.
  • Sleep – Helping the body repair and heal is essential to have enough energy to create life. Sleep supports the hormonal system by allowing the stress hormones to downregulate within the body all while restoring the bodies natural ability to heal itself.
  • Balance the hormones – Once you have healed the digestive system your primary goal is to then balance your hormones by running a comprehensive hormone panel by saliva. Balancing cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone levels are crucial to preparing the body for life. This is not an exhaustive list of things but does provide women a good start when resolving their infertility issues.

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At Holistic Family Practice our goal is to provide patient-centered, evidence-based holistic health treatment that brings to light all of the causes that may be contributing to a woman’s inability to get pregnant. We honor every woman’s journey to getting well as well as conceiving. Some women choose infertility treatments while others work to do natural remedies for infertility. We advise women, in either case, to help them achieve optimal health and wellbeing working integratively with their other providers.

Signs you may be infertile include:

  • The inability for a woman to get pregnant after consistent effort without preventative measures in place and entirely off any birth control for a period.
  • A menstrual cycle that is not regular, meaning it lasts longer than 34 days or it is less than 21 days or is erratic in its cycling. One month it is 23 the next month 35.
  • Irregular periods or missed periods altogether. Inconsistent periods can be a sign of an underlying hormonal imbalance.
  • Diagnosis of PCOS, Endometriosis, Pelvic Inflammatory diseases, or infection to the uterus and fallopian tubes due to chlamydia, gonorrhea, or other sexually transmitted diseases that has not be treated successfully.
  • Symptoms of hormone fluctuations which may have its own set of symptoms to include reduced sex drive, facial hair growth, thinning hair, weight gain, and mood swings.

Moms are not the only ones that may be preventing the process of conception, so it is important to not exclude Dad in the process of conception. Here are some common signs that need to be evaluated with Dad for conception.

  • Signs of infertility in Men Change in sex drive in a man, which means a shift in his sexual desire could indicate an issue with a males hormones and should be checked.
  • Testicular pain or swelling, which could indicate many conditions within the males symptoms. Problems maintaining an erection is often linked to imbalances with metabolic health as well as hormones within the man.
  • Issues with ejaculation could be a sign there may be difficulty conceiving and needs to be examined by a urologist or private doctor. Small, firm testicles could be a potential risk factor as well that must be examined by a primary doctor or urologist for any possible effects.

While many couples struggle with infertility, help is one phone call away. We work to support families to create the healthiest environments both inside and out while providing natural remedies for infertility. Not only do we address physical concerns but since we are a holistic practice we discuss the mental, emotional, as well as spiritual aspects of natural family planning and are with you every step of the way. It can be a very sensitive process with many highs and lows having a provider who can hold your hand through the journey is genuinely what we specialize in  as we work to bring care back to healthcare.

How to Feel Younger and Vital Again as a Man

11. How to feel young

Some men as they age do not feel as vital, youthful, and often feel sluggish with limited energy to go to the gym, if any. The effects of job obligations wear them down with work and life demands. Many people are moving to a more complementary and integrative approach to their healthcare adopting a more self-empowered approach to their health and well being. A man’s tendency is to seek healthcare in the event of a crisis situation with a view they are strong and healthy enough to skip their check-ups and neglect recommended screenings. According to the research, many men are less likely than women to seek help for healthcare related challenges, both on a physical as well as emotional level. Many men are raised with the idea they must be tough and independent by staying in control of themselves while hiding vulnerability. Therefore, they view themselves as invisible and almost protected from developing a disease process even if they are neglecting their health. Many men fear that friends and family will interpret their visit to the non-emergency healthcare provider as a sign of them being weak or unmanly. This is fueled from primitive times where any sign of weakness conveyed to a neighboring tribe could be a safety risk especially if the man is a primary protector of the clan or community. Even still, men often avoid healthcare if the men around them are also not participating.

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If the man in your life is avoiding health care perhaps a holistic approach is the answer. We have a non-threatening and family environment where we listen to our practice members and guests. It is less intimidating with a softer more feminine approach. We appreciate the men in your life and are willing to educate, motivate, and empower them to live a healthy life. One of the things that we do not do is shame them for their life habits, and choices. Many men feel shamed for their lifestyle habits as well as their emotions, as a result, they tend to close off from their loved ones and do not communicate their health needs. We remove that barrier while encouraging them through simple, palatable, small steps. General preventative health screenings that are important for men to complete are the following: BMI – height, weight, and body mass index, blood pressure, prostate health, and colon screening. Evaluating healthy lifestyle issues such as smoking, drinking, nutrition, diet, exercise, and stress reduction are key to overall health. We encourage a visit to the practice as a guest, either for a class or a class to get a feel for the practice to see if it is a right fit for the men in your life, young or old.

All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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Vitality at Any Age: Aging Man’s Guide to Prostate Health Tips

10.0 Vitality at any age

As men age, they can begin to feel not as strong, youthful, and sometimes feel less of a man as their vitality begins to wane. Without consistent effort, and transformational health can deteriorate leaving a person feeling less optimal. It is important for men to maintain a healthy weight, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar level while monitoring and eliminating any abdominal obesity from excess calories. Refined foods, such as flour and sugar products in combination with excesses of alcohol can cause a higher risk for disease processes. Health and longevity can be protected if we maintain exercise and fitness. Sedentary lifestyles coupled with overeating can create higher risks of disease with a shorter lifespan in general. As a man, many men want to feel strong and viral just as in their youth. Without effort, health can deteriorate and avoidance is not the answer. Sometimes men avoid their health out of shame, coupled with unrealistic expectations of themselves and how they “should” be with their health.

As we age many things change, including hormonal levels as well as lower functions. Hormones begin to lower over time especially as it relates to testerone, but also thyroid and adrenal hormones, yet less of estrogen and progesterone levels. In our office, we measure salivary hormone levels when assessing male practice members especially when they over 40 years old. Testosterone levels, estradiol. DHEA, whole blood thyroid levels as well as salivary 4 point cortisol levels are useful if the person is fatigued. Topical hormone creams can be provided as an easy solution to improve hormone levels that can affect energy, mood, strength, and sexual function. There is much controversial information regarding the use of synthetic hormone supports to improve stamina and vitality however recent reports suggest that testosterone may adversely affect the cardiovascular system. There is still much conflicting information circulating so it is imperative that you speak with your doctor in regards to this treatment if it is in your best interest.

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A common disease process that affects men over 50 years old involves the prostate sex organ along with the colon. The western lifestyle consumed with stress and sitting, using food to cater to emotions, eating high amounts of animal products, consuming sugar and refined foods, as well as excess alcohol sets the stage for many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular problems, cancer, arthritis, as well as enlarged prostates, and prostate cancer. A simple blood test can measure an antigen that is created by prostate cancer cells, called PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen and if elevated prostate cancer may be present. Having a digital exam from your primary care to assess prostate enlargement as well as running your PSA number to assess inflammation or infection is an important aspect of prevention. PSA numbers elevate as a response to infection and inflammatory process. Looking deeper with a comprehensive stool panel, as well as an organic acids profile is key to determining the overall health of the body and determining where the infections may be present in the body.

The best overall plan is to stay healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips in order to maintain health. Avoiding overeating of processed and refined foods Maintaining a healthy weight Eating fresh veggies, fruits with quality lean proteins Regular movement and exercise Stretching the body Meditation and Yoga practice Listening to your body to address underlying imbalances Annual physical checkup A practice of forgiveness, finding a balance between work and relaxation, gratitude, and joy every day, nurturing creativity while staying connected to friends and family.

All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

Metabolic Health for Men & How it Relates to Metabolism

9.0 Metabolic Health for Men

Metabolic health relates to your metabolism and how you break down, process, and assimilate nutrients for energy production. As we age, our vigor fades from the impact of failures, emotional stresses, children, marriages, career, and life. If your waist has begun to extend past your belt line you can clearly determine that your metabolic health is being affected. It begins with the food that you eat and the inactivity that is lacking to burn off the food. Over time the blood sugar rises, which can then lead to clogged arteries which can block blood flow. As the blood sugar levels continue to build belly fat, regardless of the activity levels of the person. The visceral fat begins to collect around the internal organs acting like a giant gland pushing chemicals around the midsection creating an ever rounder, softer, and a more feminized appearance. The chemicals of aromatase convert testosterone to estrogen, creating man boobs. Hormones called adipokines promote insulin resistance, which causes you to gain even more weight. As fat begins to build the body becomes more inflamed. High levels of inflammation double the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. These inflammatory diseases deteriorate as you become older, possibly creating a burdened relationship with health.

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Shifting unhealthy lifestyle habits is the key to maintaining a quality of life. By creating an accountable strategy for one’s health with structure and discipline health can be achieved effortlessly with consistent attention and focus. Scheduling an annual check-up that includes evaluation of lifestyle risk factors is helpful when determining how to create a healthy long lasting life. In addition, paying attention to key metabolic health markers can create a healthier metabolism. This month our promotion for men’s health month is a $50 Men’s Health Physical that includes a comprehensive physical, symptom assessment, and muscle testing to understanding current bioenergetic risk factors. If you would like to take it a step further and review a more comprehensive lab review, our CLIA certified lab is capable of running many non-waived lab tests including HS-CRP, an inflammatory marker, HGA1C, a blood sugar marker, and many other lab tests to look at kidney liver function, and immune system function. We also work integratively with your allopathic providers including primary care physicians as well s specialists to help support you and your health.

All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.