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Vail Valley Natural Path: Four simple steps to a healthier you

Eliza Klearman
A Natural Path
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado “-Simple, doable tasks are those that actually get practiced in Colorado’s Vail Valley. I am often asked about basic things you can do for your health without buying supplements or putting out too much effort. Easily, I can say that there are four simple things to do that will drastically improve your health.

1. Eat organic foods

I know, I know, they are more expensive, but by eating organic foods you get much more bang for your buck. Research shows that organic foods have greater amount of nutrients, including trace minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. For example, organic foods have 78 percent more chromium, 390 percent more Selenium, 63 percent more calcium, 70 percent more boron, 188 percent more lithium and 138 percent more magnesium than their conventionally grown counterparts. Animal feeding experiments indicate that animal health and reproductive performance improve when animals are organically fed. Although no human studies of this nature have been done yet, it is easy to understand why this is true, and how these same outcomes should be true with people as well. Considering how much better organic foods are for you nutritionally, it seems worth the extra money.

Aside from the nutritional boost of organics, you also avoid the toxic effects of pesticides and herbicides. The health effects of these chemicals are startling. They are toxic to our nervous systems and immune systems, and they disrupt our natural hormones. Toxic exposure can cause everyday symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, irregular digestion (constipation, gas, bloating), weight gain and acne.

2. Eat a bowl of greens every day

Packed with vitamins and minerals, these simple foods boost your antioxidant intake, give you maximum energy, increase your metabolism and ability to burn fat, improve digestion, help to maximize natural detoxification and boost your immunity. Wow! What a super-food! If you can’t make yourself eat a bowl a day, take a high quality, professional-grade green drink. I have a brand in my office that I really love. I drink it as my mid-morning snack. I swear people think that I have had a pot of coffee for the few hours following consumption of my green drink ” and I feel like it, too! Send me an e-mail at and I’ll send you a free sample.

3. Eat only raw fruit and veggies for snacks

It is hard to get through the day without snacking, and snacking is important to keep your blood sugar steady. If you feel the need to nosh, grab fresh, raw food that hasn’t been altered from the way Mother Nature intended. Eating fruits and vegetables is important ” even the government recognizes this by telling us to eat 13 fruits and veggies a day. Snacking on them assures that your nutrient intake of all our essential vitamins and minerals is adequate. Plus it saves precious calories and just makes you feel healthier. Here is a great trick: instead of filling a candy bowl for you desk, fill it with grapes, apples, oranges, etc. and watch how fast your co-workers gobble them up. How much happier with ourselves and more productive would we all be if we just ate fruit instead of candy?

4. Drink more water

I can’t tell you how many times I day I prescribe water for treatment. Essential for all bodily functions, insufficient consumption causes fatigue, headaches, low energy, constipation and can even exacerbate pain. Water is required by every cell in your body to function. Water is needed for your cells to detoxify. It nourishes your muscles, tissues, organs, skin and hair. And it also helps you lose weight.

Most people think they drink “a lot” of water, only to find out that it is not nearly enough. You need half your body weight in ounces to make up for what is lost through normal daily activity. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need 75 ounces of water a day. Put a reminder alarm on your phone and/or computer to remind you to drink.

In conclusion, keep in mind that these are just a few minor steps that have major affect on your overall health. There are so many other easy, simple things you can incorporate into your daily life that help you be the vital, healthy person that we all strive to be. Health is not difficult to achieve, it only takes knowledge and a bit of effort.

Take the time and money to invest in yourself, I can guarantee that your investment today will pay off both monetarily and health wise is the not-too-distant future. Work with your naturopathic doctor or nutritionally oriented practitioner to find the program that works best for your own individual health needs. These four steps are just the beginning of your path to becoming a healthier you.

Dr. Eliza Klearman is a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist practicing in Eagle. For more information, call 970-328-5678, e-mail or visit

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