Have you ever felt like you couldn’t handle the day ahead of you?
When it feels like the stress of your personal life or job seem ready to knock you down and you don’t want to get out of bed.
Or the fatigue, brain fog and extra weight you have been carrying make you feel that you do not have the energy it takes to cook another meal, pack another lunch, type another report or sit in traffic yet again.
You may have felt this way so many times that you sought the care of your doctor to help you with these issues. Maybe you were given a prescription to manage symptoms, but you felt like there should be something more. Something you should be doing differently.
You are tired of feeling like this!
You need better health and energy to conquer each day!
How Your Lifestyle Can Make You Sick
Consider the aspects of your lifestyle that impact your health. This ranges from how much sleep you get, how physically active you are, the types of relationships you sustain, the environment...
Do you remember when you first noticed that you had a health issue holding you back from enjoying life completely?
It may have quietly crept up, so slowly that you didn’t notice it until it started creating a challenge for your daily life.
It may have rushed in so fast, that you found yourself desperately trying anything just to get by on a day to day basis.
Suddenly, months, then years have gone by, with the symptoms only building on top of each other and the feeling that your health has spiraled out of your control.
If you were to measure your health on a scale that goes from disease to optimal health, you may find yourself currently heading in a negative direction. Just like 133 other million Americans suffering from a chronic disease, you may be wondering how to turn your issues around, and if it is even possible!
Allow me to present to you, the continuum of wellness model that helps you locate where you are in your current health status:
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Did you do something to cause your illness? What are you not doing to cure it?
These are questions that loom over your head if you suffer from chronic disease. They can be the real or perceived questions from those around you or are ones you personally battle with daily. As if dealing with the physical symptoms were not enough, the emotional experiences attached to chronic disease can be an overwhelming and limiting factor in your healing journey.
If you have a chronic disease, you may experience more social, interactional and existential problems than those with acute illnesses, because your illness persists. Serious illness can pose challenges to your daily lifestyle, prior beliefs, moral judgements, ethical dilemmas, identity and your ways of understanding yourself.
For example, if you are diagnosed with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), every day presents a challenge. SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of your gut, start growing in your small...
It keeps happening.
You breathe faster, your heartbeat quickens, your blood sugar rises, and your brain uses more oxygen as it shifts into high alert.
Deep down you know you need to keep calm, but stress is sneaking its way into your vacation.
Why is the one week you have spent all year planning on getting ultimate relaxation in, so stressful?
The truth is, your habitual stress responses from everyday life have followed you on vacation. The stress may even feel stronger from the induced pressure to relax.
You can’t help but marvel at the other vacationers who are carefree and seemingly have a good time no matter what. They have a sense of peace you can’t fathom achieving.
How do you attain that?
How do you find the rest and relaxation you need to come back from your week refreshed, revived, and full of happy memories you dream of remembering forever?
If you are feeling stressed out over something that is supposed to be fun, it is time to reassess. Chronic stress promotes...
Where do you see yourself and your state of health in five years? Where are you living? Where are you working? What is your energy level like? I want to know the food you are eating, the people you spend your time with, and the thoughts you are thinking.
No doubt, you want your answers to be optimistic. You want to see yourself with mental clarity to stay on top of work schedules, be able to play with your children, vibrant energy to exercise and tackle the demands of daily life.
See, the problem is that our healthcare is focused on sub-specialty care, managing the diseases in their late irreversible stages, instead of the front end of chronic disease. Chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and autoimmune disease are caused by behaviors such as poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, smoking & excessive alcohol use, stress, and lifestyle choices. It is estimated that six in ten adults have a chronic disease in the US!
How can you create...
Hey there, welcome back to another video where we discuss ways to rewrite your health. I’m Dr. Grewal, an Integrative Functional Medicine physician. I am thrilled you are watching today and stay tuned to the end so you don’t miss the freebie I am giving you.
Last weekend, my family and I went camping at Carolina Beach and we had a great time! The weather was great, my kids enjoyed exploring outside and playing in the ocean. I too was having a great time, but something was bothering me. Every time I walked; a dull, aching pain was throbbing in my foot. By the third day on the trip, my foot had swelled and was tender to the touch.
You may have experienced this type of pain before. It starts as a dull ache in your shoulder, your elbow, wrist, hand, knee, foot or heel. Sometimes, even affecting multiple areas and both sides at once. The pain can be so debilitating that your normal functions, such as walking become an arduous chore. When you have children, work to do, a...
You have made it through your day, completing chores, making dinner and are settling down for the night. Ideally, candles are lit, your softest PJ’s are on and you’ve got your favorite mug of tea in hand to sip while you cozy up in bed to read. But then, your phone vibrates. A string of messages starts coming through and before you know it, you’ve spent 30 minutes staring at your phone.
Rather than winding down from your day, you may often find yourself prey to the attractions of text messages, emails, Facebook, YouTube and other social media. It is so easy to allow your attention to be drawn into the world within screens. But these LED’s, along with LED TV screens could be causing you sleep and weight issues, depriving you of energy you need to tackle the next day.
How Technology Interferes With Your Sleep & Energy
Your body has an internal timeclock, or circadian rhythm that helps determine your sleep patterns. When naturally aligned with daylight,...
When you decide to lose weight, there are moments when you find yourself reflecting on what has led you to carrying the excess pounds. Your first thoughts might go right to the times you indulged on unhealthy foods or the times you chose to watch TV versus going for a walk. You told yourself, “I don’t eat this every day” and “I just need to relax.” And perhaps, too easily, this became your everyday or weekly pattern of behavior.
It is important to understand that there is more to weight-loss beyond working out and eating right. In previous blogs, you have learned how your genetics, early life experiences, hormones and toxins are all factors that may have contributed to your excess weight. But one of the most important risk factors affecting your weight is the influence of your gut and your gut’s microbiome.
At the Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine, understanding what your microbiome does, can be the...