What does a Healthy Midlife Look Like?

by admin on 10/29/2012


What does good health look like?  As a yoga teacher and health enthusiast, I encourage people to engage in a system of self-care.  This means looking after your body, mind and spirit on a daily basis.  Prevention is key and with health care costs rising, it behooves you to get a handle on where you are with your health.  Read below, "What Does a Healthy Midlife Look Like?" by yours truly.

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What Does a Healthy Midlife Look Like?

by Lisa Kneller



This month I found out what my entire blood panel looks like – from the lipid profile, to my liver and pancreas, to my hormone levels.  I had certain expectations based on my lifestyle and stage of life; however, there were a few things that popped up which I didn't expect.  Nothing highly unusual, but I am now taking a few more supplements this month than last month.

I went to see my naturopathic physician a few months ago as I was experiencing some discomfort and a low level of energy .  Some of that might have been due to grief, but some was definitely physical and I knew there could be some improvement.  I was delighted that my doctor took an hour to evaluate me, do a little acupuncture (which worked wonders) and asked me to have a blood profile taken.

This was after my annual visit to the gynecologist and mammogram and before my annual visit to my dentist.  I like to call this "Checking In" to make sure that everything is working properly and that I continue to feel good and prevent what illnesses I can.  

Have you "Checked In" lately?  Your good health in midlife starts with knowledge about where you are, how you're feeling and where you'd like to be.  Many people avoid doctors because of fear – the fear of finding out something might be amiss!  Another reason is because some doctors don't really dig to find the source of health problems; rather, they prescribe medication to mask symptoms and often over prescribe.  





I'd like to promote the idea of having a naturopathic physician – even if your insurance doesn't cover visits.  The reason is that they will get a complete profile of your health, your lifestyle and your symptoms.  They can at least start a baseline blood profile and get a handle on where you might be high or low or even perfect in any given area.  



Here are 5 Keys to a Healthy Midlife
1)  Check In with your physician, dentist or any other specialist you use to gage the health of your body.  Do this annually.
2)  Eat nutritional, fresh food and incorporate mostly fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and protein into your daily diet.  
3)  After getting a blood analysis, supplement your food with the vitamins and minerals that may be lacking from your diet.  Even your "One-A-Day" may need extra supplementation.  For example, I drink a powerful liquid anti-oxidant  every day AND take Carlson's Fish Oil.  My doctor told me to add extra Vitamins C, D, B-12 and a probiotic.  
4)  Engage in moderate exercise daily.  Walking, swimming and yoga are three great ways to keep the muscles and joints hydrated for optimal range of motion.  
5)  Discover more meaning in your life by asking yourself, "If I die tomorrow, what would I want my legacy to look like?  How can I make my world a better place?  Who do I look to for wisdom and advice?"  If you haven't asked yourself these questions, you are missing out on a spiritual quest that can bring you great joy and peace.  These "Fruits of the Spirit" add to your health just by knowing how important you are and that you can make a difference in this world.




Research Naturopathic Medicine.  Discover how a naturopathic physician works versus a regular M.D.  Know that they both can write prescriptions when necessary.  Consider using both simultaneously and see how they complement each other.   


Lisa Kneller Publisher Midlife Living Well
To your remarkable life,
Lisa Kneller



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