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Dear Dr Susan,
For World Health Day (April 7), I want to recommit to improving my lifestyle habits, but I am honestly confused with all the info out there. What to eat, what vitamins to take, whether to drink coffee or not, whether running is bad for the joints and on it goes. What is your routine? I’m curious!

 

Living a balanced life is a challenge I strive towards every day. Wellness is not a ‘medical fix’ but a lifestyle that is sensitive to the dimensions of body, mind and spirit. I design my day to achieve my highest wellbeing potential and that’s what I encourage my patients to do. I feel most vibrant when I eat a plant-based diet with whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Every day starts with a fresh spicy tea or hot lemon water to wake up the digestive system followed by a ‘super’ smoothie for breakfast, loaded with nutrient dense foods like raw nuts, berries, cacao nibs and hemp hearts. Lunch is my largest meal of the day, with low-carb dinner eaten by 6pm. Eating this way helps my sluggish metabolism to work better.

When it comes to supplements, I recommend testing vitamin and mineral levels to be accurate with your individual requirements. For example, I was deficient in Vitamin D, Zinc and Magnesium and now I add these in my morning smoothie. Daily physical exercise is essential to feel great. I mix my cardio up with low-impact dance and swimming. I also practice Yoga and core stabilisation exercises to keep my lower back supple. I love my cup of black coffee… Black coffee in moderation is packed with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health. Often it is what is added to the coffee that causes problems. For example, milk and sugar are two of the most common foods linked to inflammation and the chronic health conditions of today. Obesity, Diabetes and more…

Thank you for your question, and I wish you the best in your health journey.

Dr. Susan’s Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups leafy greens
2 cups mixed berries or other fruit
2 cups water, coconut water or almond milk
Boost with 1-2 tbsp hemp seeds, acai powder, cacao nibs and/or chia seeds
Blend the leafy greens with liquid first then add the rest of the ingredients blend well and drink.

Send your questions to newyouandme@gvpmedia.org and get a personalised response from Dr. Susan Janssens.

Dr. Susan Janssens is a Naturopathic doctor who has been in practice for over 16 years and has completed her Doctorate in Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona and her BSc at the University of British Columbia. Dr Susan’s practice has focused on chronic diseases, neurological conditions and rejuvenation. She has studied with numerous premier institutions, doctors and healers throughout her life, receiving a grant to research cancer at medical clinics in Russia, Germany, Ireland, Mexico and the US, where she observed some of the world’s leading doctors pioneer innovative methods and technologies in the treatment of cancer.

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