Autumn Wellness Challenge

Autumn Wellness Challenge

This weekend Autumn officially arrives. How will you celebrate fall?

You may have already settled into a new fall schedule, and this is a good time to explore ways this season can include your health and fitness goals.

Will your bike go into storage? Maybe replaced by a spin class?
Are you inclined to have a pumpkin spice latte ? (Calories 260-420 and sugar 48-50 grams) or will you cook some roasted root vegetables- packed with fiber, vitamins A,C, potassium and magnesium .
How about the darker mornings ? Will you sleep in a little later or put on one more layer, challenge the weather forecasters on the rain prediction and get out anyway with the rain jacket in your backseat.
I’m recovering from summer injuries and feel grateful every morning for the physical therapy exercises stretches and challenges that lead me to my next steps of healing. I see this new season as an opportunity to set new goals.
Maybe you too will find this time of year and weather change as an opportunity to spice up your routine for good physical and mental health.

If you know you suffer from mild to moderate seasonal mood changes such as SADD, makes plans to be proactive in prevention. There are a number of non pharmacological therapies that help boost mood in winter months , but you will want to start those now.

Whatever you do, remember this – each journey can benefit from a road map. Successful steps forward take some mindful planning.
If you feel stuck or you haven’t been in for a check up on how your health goals are going, please consider a follow up visit. I’ll be offering some extended hours this fall and winter.
In Wellness , Happy Fall !

Dr. A

Happy Spring!

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.                                                                                                                        When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Here at Partners in Wellness, we are hoping you will be taking some time to enjoy the intermittent “sunbreaks” as well as the spring showers.  Remember this is high allergy season and if your having headaches or fatigue, it could be a sign of allergic rhinitis. Make an appointment to discuss ways to prevent allergy symptoms and boost your immune system!.  In wellness, Dr. Alvarez

Mindfulness in March

“The path to healthy body, and happy soul is based upon self-study, mindfulness, love and awareness.”
– unknown

Happy March from Partners in Wellness!

How are your 2018 Health and Wellness goals coming along?                                                                                                                        Just a reminder to come in and discuss barriers to your goals or just to share in your successes and take something from my ” you are doing an AWESOME job” basket!

If at the end of the day, week, month, year we can look back at maybe just one mindful moment that helped change our pathway… we will have accomplished much.
Look for a mindful quote here each week this month in an effort to move us in that direction.  If you have one to share, please send it my way!
In wellness, Dr. Alvarez

“Wherever you are, be there totally.”
– Eckhart Tolle

Cold and Flu Season 2016

The holiday season brings with it celebrations, family and friend gatherings, cold weather, and the not so fun part: respiratory infections.
How do you know if it is a cold or the flu?
The common cold and the flu (or influenza) are both contagious respiratory illnesses caused by viruses. They share many similar symptoms, but the diagnosis and treatment differ.
Here are a few tips, but always call your doctor for more information if you are not sure.
Cold symptoms are generally milder. They develop slowly and can include: fever up – low grade , runny or stuffy nose (often with green- or yellow-colored discharge), sore throat, cough, sneezing and just feeling exhausted.
The Flu symptoms are more severe, and often come on suddenly: fever over 102°F, stuffy nose, nausea, chills and sweats, fatigue, muscle aches, especially in your back, arms and legs, cough, headache, loss of appetite, vomiting in some cases.
Consider a call to our clinic if you are not certain , OR If you have an underlying medical condition such as asthma, age > 60, or diabetes, which may put you at greater risk of secondary infection. It is recommended that you consider evaluation.
Until you see the doctor, rest, hydrate, avoid alcohol and tobacco. Taking over the counter cold medications may help, but have caution if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure.
Most important is a preventative approach – good hand washing, stress management and good nutrition.
Schedule your annual exam today if you have not had one this year, and we can review more preventative strategies specific to your needs.
In wellness,
Dr. A