Challenges to change or opportunities for growth?

What an incredible nice summer we are having right now.  My plants took it on the chin last week when we got hail and holy cow did we get a soaking on monday.  I love the heat!  I love when it gets hot and humid in the summer.  I know how cold it can be when I’m skiing in the winter and freezing at a start of a cross country ski race so I appreciate all the sunlight I can get in and the heat.

Sometimes when I’m working with patients and shifting their paradigm about health, exercise, eating it can be challenging.  It’s kind of like the dog days of summer for people.  Change in diet, exercise can seem like an obstacle.  Lets look at the opportunities that taking charge of your health can bring for you.

Eating better.  I reccommend for everyone that I see to remove all inflammatory foods.  No gluten, dairy, soy, yeast to start.  Sometimes people cry when I say this.  It’s not that bad once you get going on it.  There are a ton of great foods you can eat like veggies, fruits, grass fed meats, etc.  If you do it it will change the quality of your life substantially in a short period of time.  If you really want to know exactly what you can and can’t eat we can run a array 10 food sensitvity panel from cyrex labs for $580  Check it out here. http://www.joincyrex.com/page/7781/Array-10-Multiple-Food-Immune-Reactivity-Screen

Brotherly love from 8 years ago.

There are so many toxins in food you really want to eat organic and keep anything processed to a minimum.  Everyone loves sweet corn this time of year.  As much as I used to eat a dozen ears at a sitting I can’t even tolerate one ear of corn these days.  It’s a big no-no for me.  I like the food sensitivity panels because I know exactly what my patients can or can not eat.  You are either adding fuel to the fire or putting the fire out with what you eat and how it effects your overall health and well being.

I like to get all my workouts done either first thing in the morning while my energy is highest, or at noon lunch.  I have always struggled with workouts at night.  If you don’t have much time do some fat burning exercises.  Pushups, planks, burbees, quick sprints.  Do 30 seconds on and 30  seconds off of these for 10 minutes and you are good to go.  The key is to just get the shoes on and get outside and start moving the body.  It may be getting a 10 minute walk in to start.   The benefits of moving greatly outweight the side effects of sitting and doing nothing.

Many patients struggle with sleeping problems.  Chronic stress can play a huge role in this.  One of the test I like to do is a adrenal stress index test which is a saliva test  which measures your cortisol levels which is a stress hormone at 4 different times of the day.  If you are in adrenal exhaustion or they are all over the place their are specific strategies you can do to help the adrenals heal and you can start sleeping better.  One of them is strict blood sugar control.  One of the biggest problems I see in practice is the poor blood sugr regulation of my patients.  This is crucial if you are ever going to have good energy and good sleep patterns.

The basic testing which people should have done is the 85 panel comprehensive blood work up for $199  It’s such a valuable test to have done.  It checks your 3 month blood sugar value, all your electrolytes, a fatty lipid profile, 10 different thyroid checks including your antibodies to see if you have Hashimoto’s thryoiditis, Vit D levels, a complete CBC with auto-differential to see if you have any viral or bacterial infections, and a urine analysis.  This is a must for everyone.  I get mine checked yearly.  If you did this on your own it would cost $1900  We contract through lab corp so we get a signifigant savings, you just have to run down to Edina for the blood draw.  Once we get the tests back we sit down and go over them and get a plan of attack to get you healthy.

Another huge issue I see with patients is difficulty losing weight.  Check out this video I put on my facebook page.  I invite you attend my class this upcoming Wednesday the 15th of July at my clinic at 6:30 pm.  It’s free.  https://video.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xpt1/v/t42.1790-2/11735056_10153404707975180_489231277_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjM3NCwicmxhIjo4MDgsInZlbmNvZGVfdGFnIjoicmVzXzQyNl9jcmZfMjNfbWFpbl8zLjBfc2QifQ%3D%3D&rl=374&vabr=208&oh=4133bee538d38810906e2bddb50ce879&oe=559EC655

Ok, I’m out for a quick 40 mile bike ride.  Going ot stop up and visit my mom who celebrates her 83rd birthday!

Until next time.  Invest in your health.  it will pay huge dividends down the road.

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