Gloria P. Oberbeck, M.D. | Board Certified in Family Medicine | (303) 828-9200

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What is Holistic Medicine?

Providing holistic health care means looking at the whole person, not just the blood pressure, weight, exercise routine, eating habits and lab results.  Holistic care involves assessing the physical, social, emotional, occupational, spiritual and intellectual aspects of a persons life.  These aspects all affect a persons health and wellness.

What is Health?

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or illness.

What is Wellness?

Wellness is a process and a state.  Wellness is the ability to experience health and happiness each day, each moment.  Wellness is the process of becoming aware and making choices that are in your best interest. 

Health and Wellness can be your way of life.

Dr. Gloria's Health Tips

Healthy Life Choices: simple, effective, inexpensive

  • Drink at least two liters of water daily. Our bodies are made of 70% water and staying hydrated helps the body clear toxins and maintain a healthy balance.
  • Exercise and move your body for 30 minutes daily. Exercise increases endorphins (the feel good chemicals), lowers blood pressure, decreases your risk for disease, and boosts your energy level and metabolism for the next 24 hours. A successful way to start an exercise routine is to walk at least fifteen minues daily and then add three to five minutes per week.
  • Get Sunshine Daily. Sunshine increases vitamin D, which is essential in brain function, building bone health, reducing cholesterol, and promoting a feeling of wellness by helping to balance brain chemicals. The goal is 20 minutes per day.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat live foods with color (fruits, seeds, nuts, vegetables) and avoid foods that are white, beige (sugar, flour, processed foods) or filled with chemicals (from bags, boxes, or cans). This will improve your health more than any vitamin or supplement you can take.
  • Quiet your mind fifteen minutes daily. Pray, meditate or do yoga. Focus on something (your breath, a mantra) to help quiet the mind. The mind has sixty thousand thoughts per day, but most of them are negative (coulda, woulda, shoulda) and in the past or future. The mind and our thoughts directly affect our health. By quieting the mind, the effect can be positive.
  • Breathe deeply every hour. The simple act of breating a full and deep breath can calm the mind, reduce blood pressure, relieve anxiety, reduce the stress hormones the brain and body release, and help to shut down the stress system (the fight or flight system).
  • Do something you enjoy daily. Play is essential to our well being. Do something that brings you pleasure, that you have a passion for (this improves your immune system and increases endorphins).
  • Laugh. Laugh every single day. The average two year old laughs several hunderd times per day and the average adult laughs in the single digits. Laughter is good for the soul.
  • Minimize caffeine. Drink only one to two caffeinated beverages per day.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners. All artificial sweeteners can cause health problems.
  • Take vacation. Remember to take vacation as playing increases your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Vacation without being plugged in is very therapeutic. A vacation without email and cell phones turned on can provide a sense of freedom and help to quiet our mind chatter.
  • Sleep. A good nights sleep will refresh and rejuvenate your mind and body in a way that no pill or supplement can ever do. Try going to sleep when you are tired and waking up wihtout an alarm (at least on the weekends).
  • Get out in nature. The beauty and wonder of wildlife, forests, mountains, deserts, water, and the quiet of nature away from the very busy and noisy lives we lead can be an inspiration. An inspiration to discover our sense of wonder and an opportunity to experience a connectedness to nature and each other. When we are at peace, we feel a sense of wellness and balance. As humans we are wired to feel a sense of happiness and hope.
  • Love. Every human being wants to love and be loved, this is our pursuit of happiness. People who love live longer, healthier, and happier lives.