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Take Control of Your Health!

13 Feb 2012, by Dr. Marnie Wachtler in Health Information

Your team at Gaia Health Care is excited about the new year and resolve to help each of you achieve optimal health and wellness.

Below are a few of the ways to improve your health.

Nutrition

At Gaia Health Care we don’t believe in detox diets or fad diets.  We create custom eating plans that are flexible and realistic that promote continuous vitality. Healthy eating tips include:

– Discover hidden food allergies. This can be accomplished through a careful elimination diet or a simple blood test.  Common allergens include: dairy, wheat, sugar, citrus, soy, tomato, fructose, potatoes, peanuts, beef,  and eggs.  Try eliminating 1 or more of these foods for 1-2 weeks and see how you feel!

– Take digestive enzymes (if needed) to maximize digestive function.

– Enjoy a wide variety of healthy foods!  Eat more Vegetables!!!

Exercise

Find something you enjoy, and make it a habit. You can start to see health benefits with as little as 10 minutes a day of exercise. The key is to do it consistently. Exercise helps stave off chronic diseases such as: diabetes, heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.  Short term benefits include: increased energy, and improved mood.

Stress Reduction

High levels of stress can lead to an excess of cortisol which can lead to conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimers’ and a compromise immune system. Types of stress include: chemical, nutritional, mental and physical.   Healthy ways of decreasing stress include:

-Exercise: walking, running, cycling, yoga, pilate’s, lifting weights

-Massage Therapy

Infrared Sauna: gentle warm healing infrared rays promotes detoxification and relaxation!

-Nutrition: Proper nutrition is vital in dealing with everyday stressors

-Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs: Supplements such as cortrex, tyrosine, Gaba, and 5-HTP can be helpful.

Lab Tests:

Lab tests are extremely useful in helping diagnose and treat certain conditions.  They are also used to assess risk factors for certain common chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  Gaia Health Care offers the standard blood test available by appointment in a private and comfortable setting.  We also offer specialized lab tests such as hormone levels, food allergies, and Vitamin D levels. Click Here for a complete list of Lab Services.

Prevention

Using a detailed family history as well as lab tests, we are able to accurately access potential risk factors for future disease. We can then create a custom plan to keep you in good health and prevent the problems before they start!!!