By Dr. Tamyra Comeaux
An integrative doctor–whether a primary-care physician, an ob-gyn, or an oncologist–enlists Western approaches when appropriate and then complements them with other treatments.
The health of Americans is steadily declining despite the amount of money spent on health care, high-technology medicine, and educational efforts. Hypertension, Diabetes, auto-immune disease and obesity rates continue to sky-rocket among adults and children.
Unless we wake up and take responsibility for our own health, the pattern will continue. An integrative health coach will listen to you and guide you in making choices that will improve your health.
Here are the top 7 reasons you need an integrative health coach now:
1. Many people don’t follow through with their New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy.
80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions break them. When you break your 2017 resolution, don’t wait for January 1, 2018 to follow through on what you need to do for your health. Make a resolution every day when you wake up to improve your health. A physician who focuses on prevention will show you how to make small changes that will build up to a lifetime of good health.
2. You don’t understand why you have gained the weight.
Over the years the extra few pounds have stayed on you, but you are eating better. There are many dietary changes that you need, but you don’t know where to start. An integrative health coach will help you identify the easiest changes to make today that will make the biggest impact on your health. An integrative physician can also factor in the impact that insulin, cortisol, and other hormones are having on your health.
3. You have cravings that you don’t know how to handle so you end up eating.
You figure that you don’t have any control over the cravings so you just give in, every time, year after year. An integrative health coach will help you identify the cause of the cravings and enable you to beat your cravings or binge eating using a combination of natural and/or prescription methods.
4. You have cancer, diabetes, or heart disease in your family, and want to a plan to prevent them.
We can use genetic information and family history to develop a plan to reduce, delay, or eliminate your chance of getting a chronic illness. In the long run, it saves you money…. and stress.
5. You want to lose your sugar addiction, cigarette craving, or curb your appetite for alcohol.
What do smoking, eating disorders, and texting all have in common? They often result from stress and anxiety. These behaviors often develop as ways to modify a person’s “fight or flight” response to stress triggers. Stressed by work? Fighting or fleeing may not be options—but calming your nerves with a cigarette or drink is. We explore the triggers and possible herbal and prescription medications that may be of benefit.
6. You are confused about whether meat, protein, carbs, dairy, produce, or GMO foods are healthy.
A new diet book is written every day. How can you tell what is healthy for you? There are various ways to evaluate your “inflammatory foods”. An integrative health coach will help you determine what foods are healthy for YOU and what will work for YOU.
7. Nothing has worked before so you continue to gain weight or have chronic health issues.
Chances are you have given up because nothing you have tried before worked. If you have gained weight, or if you are suffering from chronic health issues that are blood sugar-related, high cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation or arthritis, or other health issues, you may be able to improve your health with herbs, vitamins, or nutrition. A health coach can help you wade through the mountains of research to figure out what works for you and your health.
Do something for yourself today and talk to an integrative health coach! Your life and health could improve, and you could feel better!