Preventive 10

Our primary goal at Wiseman Family Practice is to provide health education in order to prevent disease. We believe the core problem with many of today’s health issues lies in poor nutrition, stress, and toxins the body accumulates from unhealthy food, water, and the environment. We seek to address these problems so the body can function and heal optimally.

Below are 10 strategies that will allow you to have more control over your health:

1. Food:

  • Change your philosophy on food and the food system – Read The Food Revolution by John Robbins
  • “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants” – Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
    • Recommended: 1 of 3 meals a day consisting of animal products = 30% animal products and 70% plant products
  • Consume more alkaline foods and less acidic foods. Learn more about the benefits of an alkaline diet here
  • Decrease or eliminate sugar (< 30 gms daily). Read WFP’s advice here: “What’s the Healthiest Sweetener?”
  • Eliminate all sugar and sugar-free sodas. Learn about the dangers of drinking soda here
  • Decrease or eliminate dairy products
  • Decrease grains and gluten, especially wheat products. Read Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter
    • Grains include: wheat, rice, oats, barley, rye, and other cereal grains
    • When consuming grains, eat only whole grains
    • Avoid all refined or processed grain products: white flour, white rice, white pasta, and white bread
  • Avoid all processed foods and focus on eating whole foods
  • Eat heart-healthy foods that contain saturated fats. Learn about the health benefits of saturated fat here
  • Eat organic fruits & vegetables
  • Add anti-inflammatory herbs, spices, and foods to your diet. Read WFP’s advice here
  • Consume only “clean” meat and other animal products ie: grass-fed beef, free-range or pasture raised chicken, free-range chicken eggs, wild fish, and wild game. Avoid factory farmed beef, conventional “white eggs”, farmed fish, and overly processed dairy.
  • Shop more at local farmers markets. Find one near you here
  • Use safe cookware when cooking and avoid Teflon or other non-stick products. Ceramic products are the most ideal. Read about 5 great products here

2. WATER:

  • Avoid unfiltered tap water
  • Filter (purify) your tap water at your home. This is a much cheaper, safer, and a more environmentally sustainable approach than purchasing bottled water, which should be avoided if possible
    • Best system to use (more expensive) – Install in your home a multi-staged carbon/reverse osmosis (RO) system: Watch our WFP video on an RO system here
    • Next best system to use (cheaper and more convenient) – Purchase a portable Berkey Filter w/ fluoride filters. Read and order here
      • Watch our WFP video on the Berkey water filter here
  • Use a shower head filter to purify your bathing water. Order here
  • Read “The Truth About Tap Water” by Wiseman Family Practice here
  • Decrease bottled water due to environmental concerns of plastics and recycle when necessary
  • Use Cold Water Therapy to improve your health. Learn more here.

3. SKIN:

* Products that Dr. Wiseman personally uses

4. DENTAL:

  • Replace all metal dental fillings or amalgams with safer alternatives
  • Use a Sonicare toothbrush for a better and safer cleaning
  • Brush at least twice daily and floss once daily for optimal dental health
  • Discuss with your dentist the principles of holistic dentistry, also known as biological dentistry. Learn more about holistic dentistry here

5. SLEEP:

  • Improve sleep hygiene. Read “12 Tips for Better Sleep” here
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep at night
  • Most restorative hours are between 10pm-2am
  • Recommended bedding: Use safe bedding, as we sleep 1/3 of our lives. Replacing your mattress with a safe, environmentally friendly mattress is ideal, but at the very least use all natural, organic pillows, sheets, and comforters. Great selections can be found at Mercola.com*, Austin Natural Mattress*, and Wildflower
  • Learn how natural conditions affect the sleep patterns of modern-day hunter-gatherers. Read here

6. EXERCISE:

  • Increase exercise and activity. Try to exercise at a minimum 3-4 times weekly.
  • Along with aerobic exercise, incorporate high intensity interval training (HIIT). Read 8 benefits of HIIT here
  • Incorporate core training into exercise routine – Pilates or Yoga
  • Read “3 Fitness Tests to Assess Your General Fitness and Health Risks” here
  • Non-exercise movement is as important as regular exercise. Aim for 7000-10,000 steps daily. Get a fitbit here
  • See why sitting is so harmful and why using a standing desk is an important alternative. Read here

7. WEIGHT:

  • Maintain ideal body weight, preferably a BMI between 18.5-25. Calculate yours here
  • Incorporate intermittent fasting into your weekly routine for weight loss and better health. Learn more about intermittent fasting here
    • There are many approaches to intermittent fasting. The two introductory approaches include one of the following:
      1) 1-2 days a week eat a balanced 500 calories or 2) 1-2 days a week skip breakfast and eat only between 12pm-7pm.
  • Read The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting by Dr. Fung

8. SUNLIGHT:

  • Read “11 Tips for Sunlight, Sunscreen, & Vitamin D” by Wiseman Family Practice here
  • Get 10–20 minutes of sunlight 3 x weekly
  • Use UVB tanning beds during winter months and in northern latitudes, when sunlight is limited or when it’s difficult to get natural sunlight. Avoid primarily UVA tanning beds.
  • Avoid all spray tan products
  • Don’t burn
  • Avoid toxic sunscreens—use safer more natural alternatives. Read here
  • Beat the winter blues with sunlight. Read more here

9. STRESS:

  • Improve stress management
  • Maintain healthy relationships
  • Learn how cultivating gratitude can decrease stress and improve your health. Read here
  • Approach stress with a different perspective. Watch the following TED Talk: “How to Make Stress Your Friend”
  • “Since much of our stress is unavoidable working out how to harness it may be wiser than fruitless attempts to banish it” -Read here

10. AIR:

  • Tips for improving indoor air quality and why it is so important. Read here
  • Avoid breathing cigarette smoke and all other forms of smoke
  • Use plants to remove indoor toxins. For additional health benefits of indoor plants, read more here
    • Recommended: 1 plant per 100 square feet
  • When pumping gas, stand away from the car while pumping
  • Limit outdoor activities during Ozone Action Days