make this your HEALTH­I­EST year ever

not rocket sci­ence, well­ness. It’s this busi­ness of In fact, all you need is 15 MIN­UTES A DAY and you’ll be well on your way. Best Health caught up with natur­o­pathic doc­tor Sara Ce­lik for her top tips on how to max­i­mize those DAILY MO­MENTS

Best Health - - ADVICE - This Q+A has been edited and con­densed. bh


BH: What three things are drag­ging us away from good health?

SC: Num­ber one is our ad­dic­tion to our dig­i­tal de­vices.

The more con­nected we are to our de­vices, the more dis­con­nected we are to our­selves. Fun­da­men­tally, good health starts with be­ing con­nected to your own body. Your body com­mu­ni­cates with you ev­ery sin­gle day. When there’s bloat­ing, your body is telling you some­thing. When your skin is itchy, your body is telling you some­thing. When you’re not as sharp and your mem­ory isn’t what it used to be, your body is telling you some­thing. But we’re not pay­ing at­ten­tion be­cause we’re too plugged in. We have our de­vices with us all day, from our morn­ing bath­room call to our din­ner ta­ble.

Num­ber two is our food. Our food is so dif­fer­ent to­day than it was 100 years ago. Re­searchers have sam­pled soil from 100 years ago and com­pared it to to­day’s soil and it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent in terms of nu­tri­tional and min­eral value be­cause of pes­ti­cides, her­bi­cides and pol­lu­tion. As a re­sult, our food has changed. Also, a lot of peo­ple are overeat­ing, con­sum­ing the wrong things or not pay­ing at­ten­tion to nu­tri­tional value. We’re trained to eat what tastes good, not what does good, and there’s a big dif­fer­ence.

Num­ber three is a com­bi­na­tion of our stress­ful, mod­ern, chem­i­cal life­style. Ev­ery­thing is ar­ti­fi­cial. Our bod­ies aren’t de­signed to meet to­day’s de­mands, and we’re not hon­our­ing the sim­ple things we need, such as

get­ting enough sleep, drink­ing enough wa­ter and sit­ting down when it’s time to eat.

BH: Do you think stress is the big­gest is­sue that women come to you with as pa­tients? Is that sort of the crux of ev­ery­thing?

SC: That and hor­mones – the two go to­gether. Women’s hor­mones go out of whack due to stress. Take menopause, for ex­am­ple: We’re meant to go through menopause – it’s a nat­u­ral part of life. But when women have a lot of symp­toms or dif­fi­culty deal­ing with menopause, nine times out of 10 it’s be­cause they’re also lead­ing high-stress lives.

BH: We kind of ig­nore the stress or feel like “Well, that’s just my life. It’s stress­ful – what­ever. I can deal with it.” But we re­ally should be pay­ing at­ten­tion to it, right?

SC: We should be pay­ing at­ten­tion, and I ask my pa­tients, “Do you have 15 min­utes a day?” We’re not ask­ing for five hours a day; we’re look­ing at those small steps you can take ev­ery sin­gle day that – trust me – will have a huge im­pact at the end of a year.

BH: What are you sug­gest­ing that peo­ple do in those 15 min­utes?

SC: Use those min­utes to get con­nected and be present. Put away your phone, find a room or space where you can be on your own and just try to con­nect. When peo­ple get con­nected, they un­der­stand their symp­toms a lit­tle more be­cause they’re in tune. We of­ten ig­nore symp­toms un­til they get louder and are scream­ing at us, but if peo­ple pay at­ten­tion to the sub­tle, small signs, they can ad­dress an is­sue be­fore it be­comes a big, chronic is­sue.

BH: I feel like detox­ing fits into this idea of re­con­nect­ing with your­self and lis­ten­ing to your body. I know you ad­vo­cate for to­tal body cleans­ing ver­sus colon cleans­ing. Why is that im­por­tant?

SC: We of­ten as­so­ciate cleans­ing with the colon, but we need to rec­og­nize that there are other path­ways of elim­i­na­tion be­yond the colon. In fact, there are seven path­ways of elim­i­na­tion: liver, lungs, lym­phatic sys­tem, blood, colon, kid­neys and skin. We elim­i­nate through all those path­ways, so our cleanses are to­tal body cleanses. Also, Re­new Life is a diges­tive care com­pany, which means we hon­our the diges­tive sys­tem. We rec­og­nize that the diges­tive sys­tem is the en­gine in a per­son’s body. If your en­gine isn’t work­ing, you won’t ab­sorb nu­tri­ents, you’ll feel lousy and your body will tell you. It doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to be with your diges­tive sys­tem ei­ther. Your skin is also a re­flec­tion of what’s hap­pen­ing in­side.

BH: So, eczema?

SC: As natur­o­pathic doc­tors, we treat eczema, acne, pso­ri­a­sis, rashes, red­ness and rosacea on the in­side. Even if we give a top­i­cal co­ag­u­lant to soothe ir­ri­ta­tion, we al­ways look at gut health be­cause tox­i­c­ity in the gut is the rea­son why skin shows symp­toms – it’s an in­di­ca­tor of what’s hap­pen­ing on the in­side.

BH: Can you start a cleanse with­out see­ing a doc­tor first?

SC: Yes, most peo­ple know when they need a cleanse. Their body cues them: They feel tired or slug­gish or their di­ges­tion is off. Even if some­body doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have symp­toms, we have to rec­og­nize our ex­po­sure to tox­ins and ac­knowl­edge that ev­ery sin­gle per­son needs a cleanse. There are some peo­ple who shouldn’t cleanse – those who are preg­nant or nurs­ing, take cer­tain med­i­ca­tions or have au­toim­mune dis­eases – but most peo­ple will gen­er­ally feel when it’s time for a cleanse.

BH: How of­ten should you do it?

SC: At least twice a year, and some peo­ple will do it sea­son­ally. It doesn’t al­ways have to be a 30-day cleanse – some will do a seven-day cleanse. It de­pends on the in­di­vid­ual, but at least twice a year.


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