Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post, but all opinions are my own.
A few weeks ago, I got a chance to visit the Nava Health and Vitality Center for an evening discussion. Nava is an integrative wellness center “where clients can experience a rich blend of Eastern and Western wellness techniques to overcome a variety of common health issues and achieve optimal wellness.” They offer a whole plan to help you on the road to the best you, as well as “a la carte” services like massage, chiropractor, acupuncture and a small shop of vitamins, cook books, and other useful products.
Last week, I headed over for my introductory visit with them. During this approximately 30 minute long visit, we went over my health history and discussed various aspects of my past health as well as family health. We also discussed what I might want to get out of a relationship with them. Did I want to lose weight, improve my running, sleep better, have more energy… They weren’t trying to sell me on what their services could do for me, they really just wanted to know what I needed. Dr. Lord, the Director, sat in on my discussion with the health practitioner (with my agreement.) He has some interesting thoughts on what we might find in my blood tests, so I’m looking forward to seeing the results. The office we chatted in had more of a feel of a small living room than a doctor’s office.
Speaking of blood tests, they have an in-house phlebotomist who takes all the blood for the lab work right there. The one at the DC location was fabulous! I have a bad history of poor blood draws and she was fast, it was painless, and I didn’t bruise. Blood was taken to check various hormone levels, vitamin levels, and for gluten and casein sensitivities.
I look forward to hearing the results. I’m 45, so as you might imagine, I am finding that sometimes I don’t feel the same energy as I used to and I’ve felt like I’ve struggled with my running. I don’t know that there is necessarily anything wrong that couldn’t be cured by losing a few pounds and getting more sleep, but it will be nice to know that I don’t have a deficiency of some sort. I’m also curious about the casein test as Jones was allergic to dairy as a baby and I sometimes wonder if I have issues with it.
It was a great visit, but I’m a lot more interested in the next one when I find out the results. (And perhaps in another visit after that for a massage…)
Have you ever had a full blood workup to check your vitamin levels or any other issues? Did you find out anything surprising?
If you decide to check out Nava, I’d love to hear what you think!
Disclaimer: I received the visit in order to review their services and was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.