Key Lifestyle Issues
Since every moment of our lives affects our health — whether positively or negatively —knowing what decisions to make to improve our overall health and well-being is important.
Some of the lifestyle “basics” from which everyone can benefit include:
- Avoiding toxins in the environment
- Consuming clean, nutritious foods and supplements
- Drinking plenty of water
- Getting adequate amounts of exercise, sunlight and rest
- Seeking treatments to eliminate emotional stressors, allergies and other sensitivities
- Seeking energetic balance
These are but a few of the lifestyle areas that should be part of the education and nutritional counseling given to help people prevent illness.
Nutrition to Nourish Your Brain
To ensure a well-functioning brain, to complete the biologic repair of damaged or malfunctioning body systems, and to establish optimal wellness, patients will be advised to undergo certain lifestyle changes.
- Lifestyle analysis, counseling and management of changes
- Individualized oral supplement program
- Testing for food allergies
- Meal planning
- Food shopping education
- Food preparation education
Effective Ways To Deal with Stress
Stress reduction is very important as it can prevent or eliminate a variety of health problems, from minor ones to the most catastrophic, and from physical to mental illnesses.
Avoid Bad Sugars
Sugar is a serious stressor to our immune and hormonal systems. Reducing or eliminating sugar intake is one of the easiest and fastest ways to lower stress.
Take Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements
Supplements derived from whole foods are best, but many Americans do not get even the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) of most nutrients from their diets. Without the proper nutrients, we cannot rebuild and repair our immune system or our organs and glands.
While jogging and running can be helpful for some people, these activities put too much stress on others’ bodies. Gentle exercise such as bouncing on a trampoline or walking is all that some people need. A mini-trampoline (also known as a rebounder) can be extremely effective in assisting the circulation of your lymph and immune systems. Each person should determine which activities are most appropriate and perform them regularly.
These have proven effective in reducing stress and are widely available in health food stores and online. One example is Bach’s Rescue Remedy, which is used for general stress, trauma, grief or shock. Flower essences do not interfere with drugs or other supplements, and are not addictive.
Many people of all faiths throughout the world find comfort and stress relief via prayer and meditation. Practicing just a few minutes each day can go a long way toward eliminating stress and calming the soul.
Pleasurable pastimes are helpful in reducing stress. In fact, being engaged in virtually any healthful or relaxing activity helps decrease stress.
Nutritional and lifestyle counseling are critical for anyone who wants to improve his or her health, decrease the likelihood of chronic illness and decrease health care costs.
Dr. Jessica Christie Bio
Dr. Jessica Christie, ND, CNS is a naturopathic doctor and certified nutrition specialist. She strives to get the root
cause of the medical issue. Her holistic approach to wellness and extensive training can help patients reach their optimal health.
Dr. Jessica Christie uses the newest innovations and techniques in naturopathic medicine along with a personalized approach to provide non-invasive, therapeutic treatments for her patients’ medical and wellness needs.
Her training includes a four-year, in-residence Naturopathic Medical curriculum with clinical training at the acclaimed National University of Health Sciences. She also has extensive clinical experience at the Whole Health Center in Lombard, IL, Salvation Army Clinic in Chicago, IL and Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic in Billings, MT.
Dr. Jessica Christie has also received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology, Spanish, and International Studies from Penn State University and a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Gallaudet Univerisity.