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By High Desert Family Medicine
July 27, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Diet  
Finding the Right Diet for YouWhen it comes to a patient’s health and wellbeing, an osteopath is a doctor that focuses on providing holistic and natural solutions to improve how the body functions and feels as a whole. As you probably can guess, an osteopath is also focused on ways to improve a patient’s habits, diet, and lifestyle to ensure better health and wellbeing. An osteopath can also help you adopt healthy nutritional habits and even help you find the ideal diet to suit your health and lifestyle.
 
When you visit an osteopath for a nutritional consultation here’s what to expect:
 
We’ll Discuss Your Current Diet

It’s important to understand what you are currently eating now so we can understand what is working and what’s not. Most of the western world eats a diet full of sugar, processed meats, sodium, and vegetable oils. An osteopath will ask you a range of questions regarding your current health and diet to better understand where you are right now and where you need to be, diet-wise.
 
We’ll Discuss Your Health Goals

We also want to understand what your goals are for your diet. Are you looking to shed just a few pounds or over 100 pounds? Are you looking to get ripped? Do you simply want to feel better or are you trying to reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes? Your doctor needs to understand your diet goals, as each goal has its own unique needs and requirements.
 
We’ll Go through Your Medical History

We will also want to know your current health and medical history to better determine the type of diet that will work best for you. For example, people with hypertension will want to stick with a low-sodium diet while people with high cholesterol may want to follow a mostly plant-based diet such as the Mediterranean diet. Your doctor needs to see your complete and detailed medical history first before crafting a diet plan that will work for you.
 
We’ll Create Your Custom Diet

An osteopath is all about educating patients so that they aren’t just being told what to do but that they actually understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. We will sit down with you to discuss your diet in detail. Feel free to ask us any questions you might have during this time (as we know you might have quite a few!).

An osteopath doesn’t believe in fad diets that promise to shed tens of pounds in days. They don’t believe in diet teas or pills, either; just simple, nutritional changes that you can easily implement every day into your routine to lead a healthier life. The term “diet” has a negative connotation. It makes people think that they have to avoid all of their favorite foods. An osteopath will equip you with a healthy nutritional lifestyle that doesn’t feel restrictive and allows you to still enjoy so many amazing and nutrient-rich foods.
 
If you are concerned about your current diet, know that an osteopath can help you create the ideal nutritional plan to fit your needs. By focusing on ways to improve your diet you can reduce your risk for a variety of health problems including diabetes and heart disease. Let an osteopath help you get your diet back on track.

By High Desert Family Medicine
July 13, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Tags: Essential Oils  
Essential OilsFrom diffusing essential oils to diluting them and placing them directly on your skin, there are many ways to utilize these popular products. Maybe you know someone who uses essential oils and swears by them. After all, essential oils have been touted as providing a variety of benefits, from reducing stress to improving circulation. So, are essential oils everything they’re cracked up to be? While the debate might still be out, an osteopath can show you effective ways to incorporate these safe and therapeutic oils into your daily routine.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are plant extracts that come from the flower, leaves, or fruit of a plant. Along with capturing and bottling the fragrance of the plant, essential oils may also capture some of the benefits that these plants offer. Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils. While people may inhale these oils to trigger the emotional centers of the brain, essential oils can also be diluted and applied to the skin for fast absorption. During a massage therapy session, an osteopath may employ essential oils to help create a calming, relaxing environment while also easing tight, stiff muscles.

What are the benefits of essential oils?

While there are studies out there that have found benefits to essential oils, there is still a lot of research that needs to be done. While essential oils can be used for a wide range of conditions and ailments, here are some of the most common:
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Muscle aches, pain, and stiffness
  • Sinusitis and other respiratory infections
  • Stomachaches and nausea
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Sleep disturbances
The reason essential oils have become so popular is that it provides many people with relief through natural, drug-free remedies that can easily be utilized from the comfort of your own home with little to no possible side effects.

It is important to note that essential oils are incredibly powerful and should not be placed directly on the skin without first being diluted, otherwise you risk severe burns. You must test a drop or two on a very small patch of skin to see how it reacts before applying to a larger surface.

While essential oils may alleviate headaches for some, the fragrances and scents may cause headaches in others. If you are particularly sensitive to scents, then essential oils may not be right for you. People with allergies and asthma may also be more at risk for asthma attacks and breathing issues when inhaling essential oils so it’s important to speak with your osteopath about these possible side effects before using essential oils.

If you are looking for a safe, drug-free, and natural way to improve your wellbeing and wellness then adding essential oils into your daily routine may provide you with additional relief. If you’re not sure where to begin, an osteopath can help guide you on the path to essential oil use.