Health & Wellness

rest and relaxAs a physician, I was taught how to take care of “sick” people but not how to promote wellness which is an active process of making choices for a healthy and fulfilling life.

Wellness begins with our thoughts. New Age thinking states “thoughts are things.” The writer James Allen and the Holy Bible says “As a man thinketh, so is he.” Try to begin each day with good thoughts, positive energy and proper nutrition. Nutrition is important because food not only satisfies hunger but nourishes each cell in our body that plays important functions in sustaining our health. I never learned anything about nutrition until I went to a weight loss program as opposed to learning about it in medical school where it should have been taught.

Always consult your physician or healthcare provider about medications, but speak to a nutritionist or dietitian when it comes to food. Nutritionists have a wealth of information about calories, fat grams, carbohydrates and how the body uses them.  Also, don’t forget to take care of your eyes, the mirror to your soul. Have a yearly eye exam and reading articles about diseases such as glaucoma and oracular degeneration are important as we age. My optometrist personally takes 5 mg tablets of Astaxanthin to protect her retina. You might want to speak to your optometrist if you’re over 50 to determine if you should do the same.

Last, but certainly not least, please reduce your stress. If not controlled, it can kill. Exercise, yoga, meditation, reading, listening to music, dance and sex are excellent stress reducers. And don’t forget to love, it is the greatest force in the Universe. Love everyone and especially — yourself.