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At Sylvania Family Physicians, Drs.Marilyn Agee and Bina Laungani strive toteach and show their patients the benefitsof a healthy lifestyle. They would like tosee their patients investing in healthy foodand exercise instead of prescription drugsto manage and prevent disease processes.They believe that the choices one makescan provide for a healthy, longer life.Dr. Laungani has a strong interest inpreparing and eating healthy foods. Sheadvises her patients to choose wholefoods including more fruits, vegetablesand grains instead of high fat, processedfoods. Although she chooses to be veg-etarian herself, she respects her patients’choices and encourages low fat versionsof meat such as fish, turkey and chick-en. Other protein alternatives are beans,legumes, nuts and soy which are plantbased instead of animal products. Having
grown up in India, she takes advantage
of her native country’s spices to flavorfoods. Curry, pepper, tarragon and tur-meric are some of her favorites whichcan easily replace salt, sugar and fat toenhance natural food flavors. Researchhas shown time and again that a diet suchas Dr. Laungani advocates can reduceblood pressure, blood sugar, cholesteroland weight.
As for Dr. Marilyn (Lindy) Agee, she
endorses a lifestyle of a daily activity thatincludes running, swimming, biking andweight training. She started running bysigning up for Race for the Cure. This isa great way to get and stay motivated byhaving a goal and benefiting a charity.Belonging to a group that has the samegoals, such as Team Toledo TriathlonClub, inspires her to stay active. She lovesseeing lots of other women and manyof her patients involved in these sports.She has heard every excuse there is frompatients not to exercise and she promisesshe can counter each one with a reason toexercise and a way to overcome obstacles.As a role model, she can point out that sheworks full-time and has a family but stillmanages to make time to exercise. Evenin northwest Ohio, one can get outsideall year round. The Metro Parks are awonderful place to walk or run, even inFebruary.Both of them agree that they would loveto see their patients taking fewer medica-tions and managing chronic diseases suchas hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascu-lar disease, high cholesterol, obesity andchronic pain by making healthy lifestyle
changes. It is possible to prevent and treat
many conditions with diet, exercise, stressreduction and good sleep.When they see a patient over 90 yearsold they always ask about their lifestyleover the years. They have let them inon the secret of longevity. The answer,according to their poll, is: daily activ-ity, healthy diet, no smoking and lots of friends.They hope you can accomplish thesegoals too. As they like to point out, theyonly get one chance at this life. Why notlive a healthier and longer one?Here’s hoping to see you in the pro-duce aisle and at the park!
Practicing what they teach
You can follow your heart or do what yourbrain tells you to do -- but how often do you payattention to your gut? Good digestive health isa key foundation for good overall health, yetwe often ignore or misunderstand the impor-tance of that “gut instinct” from inside.Approximately one in four people experi-ence occasional digestive upsets, accordingto a recent GfK Roper “Gut Check” digestivehealth survey of online Americans. The surveyalso revealed that many have some commonmisconceptions about the digestive system.
“I see the frustration occasional digestive
upsets cause my patients,” said Dr. RoshiniRajapaksa, a gastroenterologist at NYU Lan-gone Medical Center and spokesperson for
Align. “The rst step to building a stronger in
-side is to better understand how your digestivesystem works and what you can do to keep ithealthy.”Dr. Rajapaksa offers the following tips formaintaining good digestive health:* Do Your Homework: Be proactive! De-velop an understanding of your digestive sys-tem and how to keep it healthy. Take action:speak to a doctor about digestive health andhow you feel, research credible Web sites andbooks, or keep a log of food and activity trig-gers to identify the source of your occasionaldigestive upsets. Do you know about probiot-
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* Trust Your Gut Instinct: You are the best
judge of how you feel, as everyone is unique.The recent Gut Check Survey found that one
in ve survey participants who experience oc
-casional digestive upsets say others have toldthem their attitude or emotions are causingtheir digestive upsets.Listen to your body and determine whatremedies work best for you. Changes in yourroutine, diet, stress and travel can cause an im-balance, which can lead to occasional digestiveupsets. Take time to de-stress, exercise, or keepa food diary.
* Do a Gut Check on Your Priorities: If
occasional digestive upsets impact your life,pay attention to them! Your body is telling yousomething, and ignoring upsets won’t makeyou feel better. Make digestive health a prior-ity -- it’s key to your overall health. Challengeyourself to learn more about your digestivesystem and the science behind it.
* Feel Good -- Inside and Out: More than
half of those surveyed in the Gut Check Sur-vey who experience occasional digestive up-sets feel their upsets have some impact on their
self condence. Restore your natural digestive
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Interestingly, probiotics are strain specic,
and therefore different probiotics may have
unique benets. Different strains may differ in
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patented probiotic that you take just once a day,every day, to help restore natural balance toyour digestive system. The Food and Drug Ad-ministration hasn’t evaluated such statementsregarding this product, and it is not intended todiagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.For more advice on keeping your digestivesystem healthy and to learn more about probi-
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‘Gut check’ time: Tips for digestive health