7550 France Ave S. Suite 215, Edina, MN 55435
Celebrating 12 Years!

Celebrating 12 Years!

Innovative Directions in Health celebrated 12 years in business in September.

Innovative Directions in Health first opened its doors in 2002. It was a new kind of medical clinic, the first clinic dedicated to Preventive Anti-Aging Medicine in the Midwest pioneered by former Oncologist, Dr. Khalid Mahmud.

Our physicians, Dr. Rich Sinda and Dr. Khalid Mahmud believe the solution to maintaining and prolonging quality of life is hidden in “natural” fixes, including the orchestration of hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and progesterone created in natural forms “bio-Identical hormones” and given in natural ways that replenish the body’s hormones as naturally as possible. These natural hormones are what maintain health and youthfullness. They are an essential part of medicine that has been neglected by the many in the medical community.

Over the years our staff has felt an overwhelming outpour of encouragement from our patients. We hear success stories every day from men and women about how they feel. Here are some comments we often hear:

  • “I have my life back again”
  • “The old ME is back”
  • “This saved our marriage”
  • “I have the energy to exercise and do the things I love”
  • “I am sleeping like a baby”

The list goes on and on. It is unusual to go a day without one of our physicians receiving a hug of gratitude.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for helping us succeed and for empowering yourself with knowledge that there are safe and effective options for hormone replacement.

We are looking forward to the future and will continue to stay educated on the latest Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine advances to provide the best care and experience for our patients.


Dr. Rich Sinda, Dr. Khalid Mahmud, Lisa, Sarah & Lindsey

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Cruchy & Salty & HEALTHY

Cruchy & Salty & HEALTHY

One of my favorite things to snack on is Roasted Chickpeas!

I love to coat these delicious beans in different spices and roast them to a crunchy perfection. They lose all of their bean-y taste and remind me of crunchy nuts. I love to mix it up and roast them in different flavors depending upon if my craving is for something sweet or salty.

This yummy snack is high in protein and fiber and will also give you a boost of energy.

Get creative! Try flavors such as: Garlic Parmesan, Honey Cinnamon, Cinnamon-Sugar, Sesame Soy, Ranch, etc. My favorite is Sea Salt.

Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

–  1 can Chickpeas
–  1 tbsp Olive Oil
–  Sea Salt, Pepper (or whatever seasonings you prefer)

–  Preheat oven to 400 degrees
–  Rinse, drain, and dry chickpeas until very dry patting with paper towels (or they will not get crunchy)
–  Spread on pan and roll around in oil
–  Bake on 400 on bottom rack for about 30 minutes. Take out and add seasoning. Let cool
–  Return to oven for 15 to 30 minutes until crunchy. Turn frequently to prevent burning
–  Turn oven off and open oven door and leave beans inside oven to cool down (they will be crunchier than cooling at room temp)

Store in air-tight bag or container. Keeps crunchy a few days.

Enjoy! Send me a message and let me know what your favorite combination is!

~ Sarah, RN @ Innovative Directions in Health


How Many Colors did YOU Eat Today?

How Many Colors did YOU Eat Today?

It’s recommended that we eat 5-9 fruits & vegetables EVERY day. That IS do-able!

  • Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
  • Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.
  • Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.

Here are some TIPS to help you incorporate more into your diet…

  1. Cut up fruits & veggies into individual portion sizes. Store in reusable containers for easy grab & go.  Don’t forget a healthy dip such as nut butter or a yogurt based dressing to make your fruit and veggie more fun!
  2. Keep fruit on the table for visual reminder.
  3. Buy fresh varieties. Keep frozen vegetables and fruits as backup. Frozen is just as nutritious and has no sodium. Bake frozen veggies on 400 degrees with olive oil, garlic, and basil for a delicious side dish!  If you must choose canned, opt for low/no sodium or stored in water or 100% fruit juice.
  4. Make sure there is a fruit or vegetable every time you eat.  Try a variety of seasonings to keep your taste buds excited for veggies.  Google is a great way to learn easy recipes!
  5. Make half your plate vegetables and/or fruits. The other quarter should be a lean protein, and the other quarter a serving of nutritious whole grains like brown rice.
  6. Grow a garden. Have your own vegetables and fresh berries available right in your yard – great for kids!  Start small and add more as you get good at it!
  7. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of drinking them to get the needed fiber.  Liquid calories usually contain high amounts of sugar and add up quickly!
  8. The brighter the color, the more nutrients!
  9. Choose fruit for dessert instead of other high calorie options.  Cut the fruit and put in a glass bowl so it’s easy to grab and the juices combine for a yummy treat! Mix Greek yogurt with a couple drops of vanilla and stevia for a delicious dip!
  10. Make it fun. Make fruit or veggie kabobs.

My favorite veggie dish to make is stir-fry with veggies and a variety of beans served with brown rice! Share a picture of all of the colors you ate today with us. Post it here.

~ Lisa @ Innovative Directions in Health

Fall Innovative Skincare for a Fresh Face

Fall Innovative Skincare for a Fresh Face

As fall arrives, you may dreading seeing the damage your skin incurred from the summer sun.

Instead, embrace the fall season as a time to start an anti-aging regimen with the latest innovations in skincare ingredients.

Many or most of us took part in outdoor summer activities like spending time at the pool or beach, enjoying nature and physical activity soaking in the vitamin D. In doing so, some unintended damage was probably done to your skin – even if you were careful and covered up with SPF and a hat.

Being exposed to environmental factors such as chlorine, insect spray, air-conditioning and outdoor elements (humidity, heat, UV rays, etc.) can wreak havoc on your skin. By the end of summer, you may notice your skin not only looks dry and dull, but signs of aging, including lines, wrinkles and dark spots, appear more noticeable.

Now is the ideal time to start repairing this damage and restore the health and appearance of your complexion.

Do these Skin Concerns sound familiar to you??

#1: Dull Skin – After being exposed to the sun, dead skin cells may have accumulated on the surface of your skin.

#2: Dry Skin – Mature, aging skin is prone to being dry and dehydrated. As cooler weather rolls in your complexion may be thirsty.

#3: Lines & Wrinkles  – Ultra Violet rays cause and worsen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

#4: Dark Spots – Sun and heat exposure triggers skin discoloration like freckles, dark spots and uneven skin tone.

#5: Redness & Acne – Humidity and heat can initiate breakouts and rosacea.

We have SOLUTIONS to Re-Energize your Anti-Aging Skincare Regimen!
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BMI Testing

BMI Testing

We offer BMI testing to see what kind of shape you’re really in.

BMI, or Body Mass Index, uses a ratio of weight to height to categorize people as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

Why is BMI Important?
Weight alone is not a clear indicator of good health because it does not distinguish between pounds that come from body fat and those that come from lean body mass or muscle. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions.

If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers.

That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving
For Example, Women A, B and C are exactly the same height. A and B have the same weight, and C weighs considerably more. For her height C appears to be fat. But after analyzing body fat levels, B and C have acceptable percentages while A has above the recommended range and is at a higher health risk.

To find out where you fall have your BMI testing at your next appointment!  Request an appointment.