1. Get your annual blood work ordered and assessed by a holistic practitioner.

Having your blood work done on an annual basis is a good idea for everyone. Unless you have perfect sleep, perfect digestion, no stress in your life, as much energy as you could hope for and feel like a rock star every minute of every day, I recommend seeing a naturopathic doctor, integrative doctor, holistic nurse practitioner or other qualified healthcare provider to order and assess your bloodwork. Holistic and integrative practitioners have a different way of looking at your health than most conventional doctors. How many times have you gotten blood drawn and never heard back from the doctor about the results? In my holistic opinion, no news is NOT good news. When I draw your blood, you can expect to hear back from me regardless of whether or not there is anything alarmingly out of range.

The health of your red blood cells and white blood cells, liver enzymes, vitamin D levels, blood sugar and thyroid function can tell a lot about your overall health, inform preventative natural treatment strategies to prevent illness and keep you youthful and vital for years to come.

I order blood work for almost every single one of my patients because I want to help you prevent health problems even before they show up with symptoms. I want to know the state of your health on biochemical level so I can make recommendations that you would have had no idea you needed, but can improve your energy, nutrition, digestive function, sleep and overall vitality.

2. Do you experience fatigue and stress?

If so, (after getting your annual bloodwork to rule out anemia, vitamin D deficiency and other causes of fatigue), learn to support your adrenal glands. These are the hat-shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys that are responsible for putting out adrenaline and cortisol, regulating fluid balance in the body, keeping blood sugar, blood pressure and sex hormones up to par in addition to a host of other important functions. They provide back up for other vital organs in the body. When you experience stress on a regular basis, all of these regular organ functions suffer due to increased demand, and your adrenals have to make up the difference.

How do you support your adrenals? Sleep, hydration, good nutrition and moderate exercise. This is nothing new – these are the foundations of health that everyone must implement in order to optimize their wellness naturally. If you find any of these areas challenging, you are not alone! Get help! Find a team of trusted holistic healthcare practitioners, family and friends to support you.

BUT, to help you get there, there is a pill other than probiotics and a multi-vitamin, the item I most frequently recommend from my natural dispensary is Adrenal Support. I most often use Gaia brand Adrenal Support (I have no affiliation with them), but other brands I also use are Femmennessence for perimenopausal or menopausal women, Metagenics, Integrative Therapeutics, Designs for Health, Thorne and Vital Nutrients. The adrenal support I use has a blend of herbs that the majority of my patients find useful for supporting energy within days if their fatigue is due to adrenal insufficiency. The formula contains Rhodiola, Siberian Ginseng, Holy Basil and Milky oats which are all supportive to the adrenal glands and help modulate stress response. Available at Whole Foods, Senspa (my office in the Presidio), online and other locations. Dosage is 2 capsules daily - one in the morning, one midday. If you get an upset stomach, take with food. Do not take while pregnant or breast-feeding.

For more information on how to feel your best this year, naturally, make an appointment with Dr. Graser at Senspa for an initial naturopathic consultation. 415.441.1777