Achieving and maintaining good health can look a bit different for everyone, including health care providers. In this series, we spotlight a Polyclinic provider’s approach to their physical and mental health.
A Q & A with Muniba Javed, MD, Polyclinic nephrologist
What are your go-to healthy foods?
“Green leafy salads with avocados and nuts for a complete wholesome meal.”
What are your splurge foods?
“Who doesn’t like some dark chocolate every now and then?”
What are some of your favorite ways to move (and how often)?
“My daily regimen includes a brisk walk in the park, which helps me clear my mind as well as get
the much needed steps.”
What is some healthful advice you give to your patients and why?
“Adopt a low-sodium diet. I deal with hypertension on a daily basis as it is a big part of managing chronic kidney disease. On average, American adults consume 3,400 mg of sodium each day; more than double the amount of sodium they should. Lowering your sodium intake can prevent developing serious medical conditions, like high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, and stroke.”
What did you learn in your medical training that inspires or reminds you to take care of your health?
“I believe EMPATHY is the most important aspect that inspires me. A little understanding of patient’s feelings goes a long way in delivering more compassionate care.”
What are some of your favorite ways to practice self-care?
“Meditation and spending time with my loved ones.”
Learn more about Dr. Javed and her nephrology practice.