They say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but does this idiom actually have some truth to it? While eating an apple every day may not be able to prevent a trip to the doctor’s office, the idea of eating healthy and maintaining a nutritional diet can certainly go a long way to preventing health problems that could land you in the doctor’s office. Why not prevent problems from happening in the first place, right? Here’s the positive impact that healthy eating can have on you and your family.
The leading causes of death in the US are chronic diseases that can often be prevented just through healthy eating and leading a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, poor diets, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption and smoking can all play a role in the development of chronic and serious health problems including cancer, diabetes, heart attack and cardiovascular disease. By eating a healthy, balanced diet and making other changes to improve your daily routine and lifestyle, you could prevent chronic disease from affecting you.
Improve Your Mental Health
Not only do we reap all the health benefits and reduce our risk for disease when we make healthy eating choices, but also it could impact your mental health. Studies have shown that people who get the proper nutrients and vitamins from a healthy diet were also less likely to deal with anxiety and depression.
Furthermore, poor diets can also make mood disorder symptoms worse; therefore, if you have already been diagnosed with depression or anxiety it’s important that you talk with your general practitioner about your nutritional intake to ensure that you maintain a well-balanced diet to support good mental health.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
As you may already know, obesity is an epidemic in the US. Being overweight or obese are serious because they also put you at an increased risk for a variety of serious health problems including diabetes, heart attack and high blood pressure; however, by following healthy eating habits and getting routine exercise your doctor can help you lose excess weight safely while also helping you adopt better eating habits such as portion control and mindfulness eating.
Healthy eating isn’t always intuitive. If you have questions about maintaining a healthier lifestyle or about proper nutrition your general practitioner is happy to answer your questions and provide you with the proper nutritional care you need to support your health.
By now we all understand that getting regular exercise is good for us. But how much should we be getting, and exactly how great is physical activity? A doctor’s goal is to make sure that every patient is leading a healthy lifestyle to reduce their risk for chronic and serious health problems. By eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly you can greatly reduce your risk for diabetes, heart disease and more.
Exercise can help you lose weight
While this is an obvious benefit and one of the main reasons people turn to exercise it’s still important to recognize. If you are overweight or obese, chances are good that your doctor has talked to you about the importance of losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight for your health.
By participating in regular physical activity you can jumpstart your metabolism and shed pounds safely and effectively. Exercise can include everything from a weight lifting session at the gym, taking part in a spinning class or even taking a brisk 30-minute walk around the neighborhood.
Exercise protects against chronic disease
Your general medicine doctor would much rather help you design a life that includes regular exercise to reduce certain health risks rather than just treating these problems when they arise. By exercising regularly you can lower blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol while boosting good cholesterol and even keep the heart strong and healthy. Exercise is a great way to prevent and even manage:
- Depression and anxiety
- Heart attack
- Cardiovascular disease
Exercise can improve your mood
Another reason people turn to exercise is because it’s a quick and easy way to get those endorphins flowing. Whether you’ve had a stressful workday or you’re feeling a little under the weather, enjoying a walk in nature or a sweaty workout session at your favorite group fitness class can help stimulate the happy chemicals in your brain to help reduce anxiety, boost your mood and help you feel better.
Exercise helps you gain more energy
Do you find yourself struggling to get through the day? How many cups of coffee have you already had this morning? Most of us battle with fatigue and exhaustion, so you might think it’s counterintuitive to drag your exhausted self to the gym; however, getting regular exercise can help you fight your daily slumps and even boost your energy levels.
Exercise helps with your sleep
Along with stress and fatigue, most Americans also complain about their sleep…or lack of sleep. Poor sleep is an epidemic; however, exercise can help combat insomnia and improve sleep quality. Even just 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day can help people see immediate benefits. Just remember not to work out too close to bedtime; exercise at least 1-2 hours before going to sleep to prevent trouble falling asleep.
At the beginning of your fitness journey? Not sure where to start? Your doctor will be able to create a workout routine to help safely ease you into working out regularly. If you already have certain conditions it’s important that you talk with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
At some point in time you are going to need to turn to a doctor, whether for preventive care or treatment. It’s imperative that everyone has a general practitioner that they can turn to regularly. You don’t always have to be sick in order to benefit from seeing a general medicine doctor.
You need your annual checkup
When was the last time you saw the doctor? If it’s been more than a year since you stepped foot in a doctor’s office you may be doing yourself a great disservice. Everyone, no matter how healthy they are, can benefit from getting a routine checkup. These checkups can help prevent diseases and can even detect problems early on when they are far easier to treat or manage.
You have a family history of chronic health problems
If you are at an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease or other chronic and potentially serious health problems it’s even more important that you have a doctor that you can turn to. A doctor can perform certain screening tools to check for early warning signs. Along with valuable screenings, a doctor can also pinpoint certain risk factors that can be influenced by a healthier lifestyle. For example, those at risk for diabetes can greatly reduce their risk by eating healthier, quitting smoking and getting regular exercise.
You’re about to travel abroad
If you are about to travel internationally you may be surprised to discover that you might need some vaccines or medications before heading to certain parts of the world. It’s always a good idea to see your doctor before your next trip abroad. We can provide you with the vaccines you need to protect against certain infections that may only be present in certain areas of the world.
If you have any pre-existing health problems a doctor can also make sure that your current medication is helping to manage your symptoms before you cross an ocean. We want to prevent health problems while abroad so you can fully enjoy your vacation!
You’re unexpectedly losing weight
While losing weight is often seen as a positive thing, especially for someone looking to shed some pounds, if you notice the pounds practically falling off you even though you haven’t changed your workout routine or diet then it’s time to see a doctor. Causes include everything from gastrointestinal problems and an overactive thyroid to certain infections and cancers.
Is your body trying to tell you to see a doctor? It’s important to listen to your body to avoid serious health problems in the future. Call your doctor today and schedule a much-needed checkup.
Having trouble getting your weight under control? Want to find out the best strategy to help you shed pounds safely but effectively? If so, you may be surprised to hear that your family doctor could just be the perfect person to help you lose that unwanted weight. Think about it, you have a medical doctor who has received extensive training to understand the body and how it functions. They are actually the best person to turn to when you want a weight loss management program based on your own individual needs and goals.
Forget those fad diets and hours spent starving yourself just to binge on everything in your fridge at 2am. A doctor understands that many of the diets on the market aren’t successful because they aren’t realistic. If you want real weight loss results, your doctor is in.
First, your general doctor will know your detailed medical history that includes both your family history and personal medical history. They will understand any preexisting conditions you have and any medications you are currently taking, which are all factors that can affect your weight loss journey. By taking your current health into account a general medicine doctor will be able to create the individualized weight loss program that works with your health and your lifestyle.
The choice to lose weight doesn’t just help you feel more confident or help you love the way you look in a bikini (even though these two things are certainly great benefits of losing weight), it can also drastically improve your overall health. Even just losing 5-7 percent of your body weight can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
A doctor can also refer you to a dietitian, nutritionist or psychologist to help support your health and weight loss program. They can even discuss whether you might be a candidate for certain weight loss procedures including bariatric surgery. Whether you are only looking to drop 10-15 pounds or you are obese, your family doctor is the perfect medical professional to turn to when you want to begin losing weight.
If you are ready to take control of your life, lose weight, improve your health and feel better overall then the best place to start is your general doctor. Call your physician’s office today and let them know that you want to discuss weight loss options.
In the past, modern medicine was the only way to treat many acute and chronic health problems; however, today we realize that there are so many different options when it comes to treating complicated and chronic disorders that lie beyond the scope of traditional medicine alone.
Functional or alternative medicine has become a popular method for treating a wide range of conditions not just by alleviating symptoms but also by providing lifestyle changes and other drug- and surgery-free options that focus on promoting a healthier body as a whole.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine takes on a patient-centered approach to medical care. This means that you and your doctor will develop a strong relationship in which you take an active approach to your healthcare and the treatments you receive. Alternative or functional medicine doesn’t often follow the Western model of medicine but rather more holistic practices including acupuncture, stress management, energy healing, massage therapy, and naturopathy.
Functional medicine is a form of integrative medicine that focuses on treating the mind, body, and spirit rather than just treating the symptoms that are present. The body only functions properly when all parts work together. When certain systems don’t work properly other systems within the body also don’t work as efficiently. A functional medicine physician will look for the different imbalances within the body, taking into account that multiple imbalances could be at play.
The goal of functional medicine is to go deeper into the genetic makeup and biochemical dysfunctions of a person to pinpoint their risk for developing certain conditions. Functional medicine doctors also fully understand that certain dysfunctions within the body can lead to many of the chronic health issues that patients deal with today including diabetes, obesity and hypertension.
Fortunately, many people have found symptom relief and have even been able to reverse certain conditions with the help of functional medicine. Our doctors can work with you to improve sleep, correct your diet, reduce stress effectively, create an exercise regimen, and provide you with vitamins and supplements to help correct certain health problems.
You want a doctor that will listen to your problems and work with you to create a treatment plan that will fit your needs. If you are dealing with chronic or complex health problems, a functional medicine doctor may be able to lead you on the path to a healthier mind, body, and spirit.
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