Don’t Forget your Maintenance Checkups

by Elisa Olivier-Nielsen, MA, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, EON Consulting

With the new year, there is a renewed hope for the achievement of past goals, having new beginnings and dreaming fresh dreams.

The human body is comprised of several mechanisms designed to enable it to function in harmony while allowing us to live our lives to the fullest.

Think about the effort that goes into having a fully operational vehicle: the thought given to what type of fuel that appropriately matches the vehicle; ongoing cleaning on the inside and outside; putting air in the tires when the air pressure is low; scheduling usual car maintenance appointments for tire rotations and oil changes; and repairing or replacing worn-out parts.

The human body requires the same type of planned effort to make sure it remains healthy and fully functional.

Here are some of the regular “maintenance” checkups recommended:

  • Track your body weight on a weekly or monthly basis to help you maintain a healthy weight.
  • Have a physical every six months with labs to monitor blood pressure and identify any negative trends in your body.
  • If you are older than 50, there are routine exams (such as a colonoscopy) that are highly encouraged.
  • Check your “oil”: Drink ample water to assist your body to clean out toxins and other metabolic waste products. Schedule “water breaks” by drinking at least 8 ounces of water every hour during the day.
  • Schedule a “spring cleaning” by having hydrocolon therapy, saunas or cleanses.
  • Keep your “engines” fit by scheduling regular physical activity.
  • Be mindful of your “fuel” — Be diligent to eat a healthful diet with variety, balance and moderation on a daily basis.
  • Check your “air pressure” — Aim at identifying and eliminating any stressors, and fill your life with activities that will bring you joy and fulfillment.

Be diligent to schedule your checkups, and find health care professionals who will keep you accountable and support you on your health journey.

Happy New Year!