How Dr. Javed stays healthy

We talk to a provider about physical and mental health.

June 22, 2020


A Q&A with Muniba Javed, MD

Having and keeping 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.

Dr. Muniba Javed is a nephrologist at The Polyclinic. Nephrology is a field of medicine that focuses on disorders of the kidneys, the organs that filter blood.

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 your favorite ways to move?

My daily routine includes a brisk walk in the park, which helps me clear my mind and get much-needed steps.

What advice do you give your patients?

 Eat low-sodium foods. I deal with high blood pressure on a daily basis as it's a big part of managing long-term kidney disease. On average,
American adults eat or drink 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, which is more than double what they should.

Lowering how much sodium you eat can keep serious medical conditions from developing. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic kidney disease and stroke.

What about being a doctor inspires 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.

How do you practice self-care?

Meditation and spending time with my loved ones.

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The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.