Celebrating World Health Day
World Health Day means something completely different in 2020 than it has in years prior.
Not only are we social distancing and staying in our homes, but we’re also concerned about our health. For some of us, that concern might be bigger than it’s ever been before.
This is a Wake-Up Call
Right now, staying healthy should be No. 1 on your list.
Your body is seriously the ONE possession you carry with you from birth to death. Why wouldn’t you want to treat it well so it lasts and stays in good condition?
Look at the bigger picture of your health: nutritionally, physically, and mentally. Our bodies are complex and you can’t funnel things like this down to a vaccine for health or a supplement for health.
Eat well, move, breathe, get fresh air, nurture your relationships, and take the time to self-reflect. These are basic things we should all do every day and you’d be amazed at how far those simple things can go in terms of staying healthy.
This pandemic should be a wake-up call to everyone about how we treat our bodies day in and day out.
Treat Your Body Like a Temple
What we do know about the most vulnerable right now is that they tend to have inflammatory conditions and oxidative stress – things like healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, and smart choices surrounding our bodies and minds can help immensely.
There are some exceptions to this rule of course, and my heart goes out to those suffering during these times. But we can’t just sit back and say, “Oh it’ll be fine when the vaccine comes” and ignore the bigger issues at hand.
Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune disease all create a vulnerability to Covid-19 and possibly other bugs in the future.
If you take the time to start making healthy choices for yourself, and not rely on pills to “feel good” while making unhealthy choices, you’re doing yourself a big favor in the long run.
There’s absolutely a time and place for medication, but it shouldn’t be used at the expense of doing the basic healthy things like eating right and exercising.
Mental health also needs to be addressed more in our country. We aren’t talking about it enough, and the collective behavior of Americans is bringing to light the fact that we don’t take the time to care for our minds.
I believe there’s a balance between mental toughness and self-acceptance/self-care, and we all could use regular work in that area.
The mission of Heartroot Health and Wellness is simple. It’s to give you the tools you need to heal yourself physically, nutritionally, and emotionally.
I strive to create a space where people can come and work with me as their partner in health. That gives them the power to take an active role in their health and wellness care.
Education is a big piece of the practice.
How Functional Medicine Found Me
When I was in college, I became interested in functional medicine. At age 21, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition affecting the thyroid gland.
I knew I had a family history of autoimmune disease already. My mom had undiagnosed Hashimoto’s for years and ultimately had thyroid cancer as well.
As a result, I’d seen firsthand that traditional medicine was not always 100 percent helpful for these conditions.
I began experimenting with a lot of dietary and lifestyle changes and found a plan (based in functional medicine) that worked – and still works – for me, and I have managed my health extremely effectively this way.
Balance is Key
Here’s what I do: I incorporate a solid nutrition plan, target supplemental support when needed, and make a balanced fitness plan a priority in my life.
However, sometimes you can be doing everything right, and life still happens.
I went through a really stressful divorce two years ago and got hit with a diagnosis of lupus, despite having a really healthy lifestyle. It was a huge reminder of the importance of emotional health on our physical bodies.
That was a wake-up call for me, and I’ve again made it a priority to have balance in my life and to help others recognize the need for supporting mental health and analyzing our relationships to ourselves and others in the bigger picture of health.
What Makes Heartroot Health Different
It’s truly all about YOU.
Every client gets to interact with me. This isn’t a place where you have five minutes with the doc and the rest of the time you’re answering support staff’s questions.
I spend a lot of time with each client, both in-person and through support channels. I have so many options for people to join, whether it’s working with me one-on-one, joining a group, or starting out with an e-book, so I can meet them where they are ready.
My clients and I truly get to know each other and form really great relationships. It becomes a partnership. It’s not an authoritative doctor-patient relationship. I’m a resource and guide for them to continue learning and educating themselves as their health and wellness goals shift and evolve.
Virtual Help Is Available
Heartroot Health has had great success with our Telehealth and we will continue to utilize it even after the pandemic has subsided.
Telehealth takes place as a secure videoconferencing platform with HIPAA-compliant messaging and document uploads, using a portal called Practice Better. It’s essentially like a regular intake and follow-up visit, though we are chatting with video (or a phone call).
Obviously chiropractic is not a Telehealth thing, but for the functional medicine, it’s really anything you’d be coming to me in person for:
- Autoimmune management
- Getting a diagnosis if you still don’t know what’s wrong
- Gut problems
- Allergies and more
If I feel someone needs in-person support (maybe they do need a chiropractor or a PT or acupuncture), I help refer them to the appropriate channels where they live.
Telehealth can add a level of convenience. It’s an app on your phone. I like to think of it as having me in your back pocket!
Why This Is My Calling (and It’s Fun!)
I love educating and helping others learn about their bodies and their health.
It’s also fun for me! Many clients are a big puzzle.
They’ve seen a ton of doctors and are so frustrated, and really what it comes down to is they just want someone to listen and be heard. If you take the time to truly listen, they tell you their story and it’s a little detective work to piece it all together. But the outcome is rewarding.
To be able to show someone step-by-step how they landed in their current situation, and unravel how to reverse or fix those steps when we can, is giving that person their power back.
I want all of my patients to feel confident and healthy after working with me.
Everyone’s picture of wellness is different. But if you meet someone where they are and can help make their life even just a little bit better, it’s a great feeling.
It’s bringing the “care” back to healthcare.
To your health,