Ready to start the new year off with goals of nurturing your body for better health?
If so, you’re not alone!
In a 2019 survey, over half of those participating in New Year’s Resolutions said they had goals of living a healthier life with more exercise, a better diet, and loss of weight – all goals (for many) that can slow the aging process and increase longevity.
In addition to common ways that are sought out (such as gym memberships, a certain diet, and/or tracking watches) are other, possibly lesser-known, tools that may support healthy body goals.
Following are three that can be of help in achieving such objectives:
1. Glucose Monitor for Metabolic Health
Glucose monitors track blood sugar levels and are known to be of help for those with diabetes.
However, they can also be beneficial for those without diabetes.
Unbalanced blood sugar can lead to stubborn weight gain so monitoring what increases and decreases it can provide insight into which habits are healthy and which ones aren’t.
Typically, monitors beep when blood sugar levels are too high or too low. Things such as diet, lack of sleep, and stress can impact blood sugar so becoming aware of how they are affecting the body can allow for customizing a lifestyle habit on the spot.
For example, too much exercise can increase cortisol levels which can then increase blood sugar (often leading to weight gain). This can be helpful to know in order to adapt an exercise routine that is more beneficial.
Simply put…this monitor can help you learn if something is working for your body or not.
2. BIA Scale for Weight Loss and Muscle Mass
Unlike that of a traditional scale, a BIA (bioelectrical impedance analysis) scale measures body composition for a more accurate look at overall health. Through a weak electrical current that is sent through the body, it can measure both fat and muscle mass in addition to weight (some may even measure bone mass and water weight), providing more-in depth analysis of areas that need attention.
Many BIA scales keep track of progress through an app.
3. GI Map Test for Microbiome Analysis
This stool test can offer a plethora of information helpful to understanding how well the microbiome is working.
Analysis of such areas as:
- candida yeast
- imbalanced bacteria
- gut viruses
can give an excellent glimpse of what may be causing everything from digestive and mood issues to weight gain and autoimmune concerns.
This test can be issued through the CNMA office and read by Dr. Graves. Often, he treats the results with specific herbal supplements and/or refers gut specialists to assist further.
These three tools can make a big impact on learning how the body is functioning and what can be customized for better health. Rather than trying many different things and hoping one works, these may provide just the insight needed to target a certain issue(s) for faster and more reliable results.
Would you like to talk to Dr. Graves further about these options or other naturopathic treatments to help achieve your goals?
Please call us at (303) 688-6698 or click here to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with him to ask your questions and talk further.
The CNMA office provides naturopathic care, acupuncture, testing, massage, and holistic counseling to those in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, Larkspur, Monument, Colorado Springs, and the greater Denver metro area. For those outside of these areas, virtual appointments are available.