GET A FULL CHECK UP
Sometimes with our busy work schedules and hectic, stressed out lifestyles, health is the last on the list until a crisis hits. Prevention of disease and illness should be a top priority. I like a balance of both natural and medical – I suppose you could call it integrative or functional medicine that addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. It looks at your genetic makeup, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.
January is a great time of year to start investing in your own health and looking after yourself properly. Being healthy takes dedication to work on all aspects of yourself for it to be effective, as I mention in my latest book, 101 ways to lose weight, it’s also important to keep things in check and know exactly what’s going on with your body inside and out. Imagine your body is like an expensive luxury car or a top of the line sports car – You would insist on using premium fuel in the engine and give your car a regular service to keep it running at peak performance. Well looking after your health should be exactly the same. keeping your body tuned up and in tip top shape should be your primary goal.
I aim to have a check-up once a year and I make sure it includes a detailed full-body check that includes extensive blood analysis so that I will be able to rectify any deficiencies— such as iron, folate, B12 and vitamin D as well as hormone imbalances that can affect not only fat loss but also my energy levels and overall wellbeing.
My personal health checks are done via the Empire Clinic in Perth.
The four key components of a check-up are:
1. Biochemical assessment — blood tests (hormones, vitamins, minerals, cholesterol).
2. Clinical assessment — medical history, blood pressure, breast check, prostate, skin check, physical symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal issues,headache etc. The other underlying threat is stress, which can influence both physical and psychological ageing and promotes the early onset of age related diseases.
3. Anthropometric — body fat, bone density, muscle density can be measured in a number of ways. A DEXA scan is normally used for this purpose.
4. Dietary — everything you eat and drink.
Your health professional will be able to advise you of the necessary checks you need. There are also specialised clinics around the country that specialise in full body health checks (see below).
Please note the list below is just the tip of the iceberg and there are many other wonderful health + wellness clinics that have not been listed. Please feel free to send through any contacts both here in Australia and overseas and I will endeavour to add them to the list.
Remember that everything you think, eat and drink, as well as your lifestyle, forms the foundations of your health.
Perth – empire clinic (empireclinic.com.au)
189 Carr Place
LEEDERVILLE WA 6007
(08) 9228 8477
Perth corporate health group (http://www.completecorporatehealth.com)
Level 1, 160 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
(08) 9226 1898
NEW SOUTH WALES:
Executive Health Solutions (executivehealthsolutions.com.au)
Level 2, 44 Market Street
Sydney CBD NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9384 0600
St Vincent’s Clinic Health Assessment Centre – Sydney
Level 5, 438 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 8382 6540
Canberra Health Assessment Centre
National Surveyors House
27-29 Napier Close
Deakin ACT 2600
Tel. (02) 9384 0600.
St Vincent’s Clinic Health Assessment Centre – Melbourne
Level 6, St Vincent’s Clinic
55 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: (03) 8417 0200
Wesley Corporate Health – Brisbane
46 Edward Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Tel. (07) 3234 2600