Be Informed 2018: Why You Should Get A Wellness Evaluation

Be Informed 2018: Why You Should Get A Wellness Evaluation
Most people know what a physical is from your general doctor, but most people don’t understand it! Generally, an annual medical physical only identifies if you already have a disease or severe health problems. A Wellness Evaluation dives deeper into your health to improve your lifestyle now and prevent future health problems. Take action and be preventive!

 

What is a Wellness Evaluation?

A Wellness Evaluation is a series of tests done by your Lake Pointe doctors to determine what’s making you feel not-so-great, what can help you lose weight, what can help you recover from a disease or diagnosis, and more.

The data from these tests helps us break down what’s going on inside your body, and how your unique composition of cells and systems are functioning—or not functioning. If you keep having mysterious headaches, or something in your gut just doesn’t feel right, these tests will help us find answers and get a health plan in place to get you feeling as best as possible.

A Wellness Evaluation is a great way to take stock of where your body is in this moment, and to put together an actionable plan to live the healthiest life possible for you.

 

Wellness Evaluation Tests

The Wellness Evaluation lasts about 45 minutes, and includes these four tests:

  • Omega Blood Test

This test measures your omega-3 levels by running a simple blood test (just a quick prick!). Omega-3s are an important part of your overall health. Since your body can’t make these on its own, this test will determine any deficiencies you have in your diet, and help us put together a food or supplemental plan to get your body back on track.

  • Antioxidant Scan

Antioxidants are a vital part of your body that help remove oxidizing agents that are bad for your cells. This scan will measure the levels of 17 different carotenoid antioxidants, which are great indicators of a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables.

  • BIA (Body Composition) Test

This test gives us an accurate analysis of your body’s cellular health including; muscle mass, fat mass, hydration status and more! A BIA test is also the only test out there that measures your phase angle. This number is very important to know for every person because it tells us how fast your cells are aging. Toxins and stress can accelerate this aging and we want to help prevent this as much as possible to live a long and healthy life.

  • Zinc Taste Test

This simple saliva test screens for your body’s zinc levels, which is an essential mineral needed for immune support and healthy reproductive systems. This test is also a great indicator of your overall mineral status.

 

The Functional Physical

The Functional Physical is similar to the Wellness Evaluation, but goes a little more in-depth with a few more tests. If you have chronic health issues or want a more extensive look into your health, this test may be a better option. Let us know if you would like more information on this evaluation.

Avoiding Detox Symptoms

Does detoxing make you feel junky? Well, if you join us for the 7-day Core Restore Detox, you should encounter significantly less discomfort than with most detox protocols. That’s because it is designed to jump start the detox process and rest your body via the fasting days so your liver doesn’t get so backed up that it can’t keep up with the load, leaving your body a toxic soup for a few days. Even following this protocol, however, you may initially encounter a few “detox symptoms,” like headaches, fatigue, or irritability (I mean more than usual 😉 ). There are several reasons why the first few days of any detox might make you feel lousy and Dr. Hyman addresses them all in his video on the topic found below:

If you don’t have the time for the entire video (it’s only about 6 and a half minutes!), click here for to skim his article instead. If you aren’t feeling great a few days into the detox, or find that detoxing doesn’t seem to be quite enough to shift your health in a more positive direction, consider scheduling a consult with one of our functional medicine doctors to address underlying causes of your health concerns.

Sprouts for Detoxing!

There are so many superfoods out there now! You’re probably already throwing kale and an avocado into your smoothie, pomegranate seeds onto your salad, and nutritional yeast onto everything else. You put coconut oil in your coffee, your frying pan, your home-made goodies, your teeth-cleaning regimen, your hair, and all over your body. You cook up quinoa by the batch and are simultaneously simmering cauldrons of bone broth. Oh, and add a side of kimchi to that. 

So, really another “superfood” to add to the list? We’re all exhausted keeping up with the trends! Seriously, though, although we know sprouted foods have already had their moment, we’d like to give them a second glance today. Just a peek, ok?

Here’s the scoop. While we are working on detoxing, including delicious foods that actually help the detoxification process just makes sense, right? Then check out the specs on these sprouts!!!

“Some of the latest research101112 into this “super food” suggests that broccoli sprouts may help detox toxic pollutants. As reported by Time Magazine:13

“Broccoli sprouts specifically are a source of glucoraphanin, which creates sulforaphane when chewed or swallowed. That compound accelerates the body’s ability to detoxify from various pollutants…”

The three-month long study included about 300 Chinese men and women living in one of the most polluted areas of China, a rural community in the Jiangsu Province.

The test group drank half a cup a day of a beverage consisting of sterilized water, pineapple, and lime juice, with dissolved freeze-dried broccoli sprout powder. The control group drank the same mixture without the addition of the sprouts.

After urine and blood tests were collected and analyzed, the researchers found that the test group, who received the broccoli sprout powder, excreted far greater levels of two carcinogens. Excretion of benzene increased 61 percent, and the rate of excretion of acrolein increased by 23 percent.

Benzene is usually found in car exhaust fumes, but can also be ingested via soda, where it can form from benzoate salt—used as a preservative. Acrolein forms from the breakdown of certain indoor air pollutants, from the burning of organic matter such as tobacco, and the burning of fuels like gasoline. Study author Tom Kensler told Time Magazine:14

“The situation is that people throughout China are breathing dirty air, and the exposure is largely unavoidable. We wanted to boost the defense mechanism that accelerates the rate that these are cleared form the body so there is less opportunity for harm to be evoked by chemicals.”

When asked if people living in other large cities like New York or Los Angeles could benefit from drinking the same mixture, Kensler says he thinks their approach could be extended across all people.””

For the entire article, click here. Then follow the link included below for the easy how-to on growing your own sprouts of all varieties at home.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/30/broccoli-sprout-detox.aspx

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Broccoli Sprouts Can Help Combat Exposure to Environmental Pollutants. Some of the latest research 10, 11, 12 into this “super food” suggests that broccoli …

Chiropractic First: Your Chiropractor as a Primary Care Resource

Neck pain? Back pain? You could use a chiropractor! But that isn’t all the chiropractor is good for! Chiropractic care has been shown effective in treating a host of conditions that don’t always present themselves with back or neck pain. Have a kiddo who suffers frequent ear infections? Is your infant colicky, having trouble latching, or dealing with reflux? Is your immune system down and you’re fighting off a cold? Is sinus congestion ruining your day? Chiropractic is a great first choice for addressing these and other conditions. Realigning the spine to help restore proper function and communication is an important step in prompting healing in the body. Make your chiropractor your primary care doctor!

What Do YOU Want to Know?

January is the time to Be Informed! We’d love to find out what questions you have and what you’d like to learn about. Click the link below and take a moment to check off a few boxes in the 1 question survey provided. Let us know what you’re curious about!

 

 

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Be Informed! It’s Time for Your Annual Functional Physical!

January is always the month we highlight the most foundational aspect of any healthy lifestyle. We call it Be Informed. Without accurate information and a proper perspective, forming goals and addressing areas of opportunity is nearly impossible. The first step to establishing healthy habits and achievable goals is to gather your data.

Our bodies boast a complex communications system constantly exchanging data between cells and systems. Unfortunately, interpreting this data isn’t always as simple. What is this headache telling me? Why are my muscles twitchy? What made my digestion suddenly stop working and how come sleep isn’t as easy as it once was? Gathering data doesn’t always simplify things either. So what if my chlorides are high? I don’t see how that impacts anything!

Gathering data is only the first step; interpreting data and determining how to change that data is your best starting point. That’s exactly what your doctor at Lake Pointe has been trained to do. During a Functional Physical, you’ll take a look at your health history and test a series of biomarkers to gather important information on how your body is functioning. Then your doctor will interpret those results (and any recent test results you may bring in) and combine that data with your health history to form an accurate conclusion regarding the health of your body. From this vantage point, sighting your health goals on the horizon is simplified. Suddenly the numbers are actually communicating something, in a moment your symptoms and your data can be superimposed to form a clear picture. Not only will you gain a better understanding of what all the data means but your doctor will help you form a plan to change that data to better reflect your wishes. There’s no better time to start gathering the facts and forming a plan. Schedule now and Be Informed.

Can We Cure It? Find Care for More than Your Back

What initially brought you to Lake Pointe? Was it that morning you woke up and couldn’t turn your head? Was it the tragic results of your attempts at conquering that yard work? Was it that time after the Olympics that you HAD to try out cupping? Was it a desperate, last-ditch effort to solve your infant’s digestion troubles? Patients find themselves at Lake Pointe for a variety of reasons. Maybe yours is low back pain, but did you know that necks, backs, and sore muscles aren’t our only area of expertise? The chiropractors have extensive training and experience in Functional Medicine, an approach that focuses on determining the root cause of disease and works to restore functionality to correct and heal the problem. Many patients have found relief from chronic health complaints and the list of conditions treated by our doctors continues to grow:

Auto-immunity

Digestive complaints

Allergies and sensitivities

Diabetes

Obesity

Cancer

Hormonal imbalances

Parasites

Heartburn

Insomnia

Cognitive and mental health concerns

ADHD

Arthritis

Cardiac health

Inflammation

Toxicity

Lyme’s Disease

and more! Maybe you found us because you tweaked your back; now you can continue care and let us help you tweak your health! We’d love the opportunity to partner with you to achieve your health goals.

It’s Ok to Not Be Ok.

Wow! 2016 is almost over! In less than 48 hours, 2017 will have arrived! Reflecting on the closing year is a prime opportunity to check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What have you accomplished? Where could you use more support? What needs cleared out? What could be built up? Are there circumstances that have influenced you? How will you turn them into an action plan? What is your first step?

Initially it may seem overwhelming to catalog your thoughts, emotions, accomplishments, and set-backs. However, taking time to truly assess your well-being and honestly face your circumstances will allow a better foundation from which to start building a better outcome in 2017. Find out where you are at on your internal map so you can formulate a solid plan on where you want to go in 2017.

Maybe 2016 was full of goals met, moments celebrated, progress, peace, and things coming together. We wish this for each and every one of you! If so, take that momentum right into the New Year, with bigger and better plans on climbing higher in 2017! Maybe 2016 held brokenness, illness, loss, difficulty, failure, struggle, or conflict. While we at Lake Pointe would wish you a better set of circumstances and a more joyful place to stand today, we also realize that this is a reality in many lives at any moment and honor the truth that there are times when each of us is not ok. If you find yourself in this category, take a moment, openly assess where you find yourself mentally and emotionally and use that information to power your journey upward.

The functional medicine doctors at Lake Pointe understand the intricate connection between mental and emotional health and physical health. Feeling blue can be the result of any number of factors from circumstantial difficulty to low Vitamin D levels to poor gut health. Regardless of what might be getting you down, there are ways to support your physiology for stronger mental and emotional health. It’s ok to not be ok. However, finding the right support is key in your plan to regain, recover, and restart. True wellness is more than the lack of physical illness, but incorporates the health and balance of body, mind, and spirit. If any of these is not functioning properly, the whole is unwell. Partnering with a functional medicine doctor can help set you on your journey from maybe-not-so-ok to more balanced moods and mental health. Schedule a consult with your Lake Pointe practitioner to put together a customized plan for wellness. Call 612-922-8100 to get started. And may 2017 be a happy year!

Deep Breathing for Stress Reduction

Did you do any shopping this week? Any driving? Any work? You could probably use a deep breath then. The world outside seems to be rushing by at an incredible rate, many things to do and places to be crowd the calendars, work demands, relational hardships, financial struggle… any or all of these can contribute to chronic stress responses in the body. More and more, we learn that chronically elevated levels of stress response chemicals can precipitate a wide variety of ailments making stress reduction an imperative piece of a healthy lifestyle. One of the simplest techniques to reduce stress is deep breathing.

Just taking a few seconds to take a deep breath can make quite a difference in one’s outlook, emotions, and physical responses to a stressful situation. According to an article from The Nourished Life, deep breathing can benefit in the following ways:

  1. Your muscles relax.
  2. Oxygen levels improve.
  3. Your blood pressure lowers.
  4. Endorphins are released.
  5. Detoxification improves.

Check out the details on these benefits by reading the rest of the post here. Also, check out techniques for deep breathing and how to incorporate it into your daily routines.

Body Language for a Better Life

Fascinating research is confirming that choosing more cheery body language can translate into the physiological responses that make us feel better! In just a matter of minutes, chemical changes take place in the body (and brain!) in response to particular postures or poses. These responses, however, work both ways… choosing a despondent posture or shuffling around looking at your feet can keep you feeling low as much as lifting your chin and producing a smile can make your spirits soar. Turns out that body language not only informs others, but it informs us!
Amy Cuddy, social psychologist, has spent years researching how body language impacts our own physiological responses. In her TED Talk on this very topic, she explains the profound impact on the body and mind when one simply assumed a more “powerful” pose for as little as 2 minutes prior to entering a stressful situation.  Not only did the test show differences in how others perceived the test subjects, but revealed that the internal chemistry of the subjects shifted in relation to whether they had assumed a positive or negative stance prior to testing. Imagine how your mind and body could be impacted by more consistent changes in body language and posture if it only took 2 minutes to shift biochemistry in test subjects! For the full take on this intriguing research, check out the video below:
A May 2015 article by Live Happy Magazine enumerates 6 quick ways to give yourself a little boost by just engaging your body in a positive action, posture, or facial expression:
1.  Add a little bounce to your step. Walking in an upbeat and cheerful manner can positively affect mood and memory!
2.  Smile!!!! It could boost your immune system, release endorphins, and help you recover from stressful situations.
3.  Assume a “power pose.” (See Amy’s TED Talk in the video above!) Standing like a victor or superhero can reduce stress hormones and promote feel-good chemistry, helping you feel more confident.
4.  Mirror someone. Loosely acclimating your body language to that of whomever you are engaging with can help to produce trust. Once that trust is established, your partner may then mirror you!
5.  Let out some laughter! Genuine laughter reaps a host of benefits for the body. Laughing with others reduces isolation! Quick! Share a joke with your neighbor!
6.  Spread out. Stress tends to encourage us to hunch up, fold arms, close our posture, and make our bodies generally smaller. Opening your posture and inhabiting more space is a natural way to tell your body you are confident and haven’t lost control.
Try to incorporate a new technique each day this week. Let us know how it impacts your day!
be happy