Can you be healthy and feel well? What about work, tiredness, lack of time, bad diet, the environment, and so many more things you need to consider? What about the medicines you take, including painkillers and their side effects? What about stress?
There is a lot of information available today about all of this and it can be confusing. If you are not sure where to start, here is some information to help you along the way.
We have tried to be simple and practical in this information for your benefit.
What does it really mean to be healthy?
Some people may think that not taking medicines or not going to hospital is what this is about. No! What we are talking about is being free of any issues such as stress, tiredness, forgetfulness, pain, bloating, indigestion, headaches, irritability, anxiety, moodiness, weight issues, sleeping troubles, constipation, poor skin etc. So we are talking about a state of body and mind where you feel free of symptoms, energised, happy, relaxed, confident.
We are talking about you having your desired weight, good energy, sleeping well, eating well, having healthy skin, feeling happy and full of life and energy.
To ensure success and optimal results, and to plan and monitor your plan to optimal health, your health practitioner is the key to success. Any plan for health and wellbeing needs a good health architect, so you should keep in regular contact with your health practitioner if you are to achieve optimum results.
Natural medicines and supplements
In your journey to achieve good health, you may need supplements and herbs to assist you in a number of ways. Your practitioner will advise you on the quality, dosage, frequency and duration of what is required in your specific needs and circumstances.
The 7 steps to good health and wellbeing
So what are the steps in simple terms you have to take for optimal health?
- Eat healthy
- Supplement your diet
- Exercise regularly
- Take time out to relax
- Talk about your problems
- Have a Natural Health Practitioner you can trust and who understands you
- Be committed to yourself
We will explain each of these steps in more detail for you.
We are all aware of the basic principles of healthy eating. While it is OK to sometimes eat out or eat some take away, this should be as infrequent as possible. Although good nutrition should involve a plan for the individual, following the basic good principles would certainly go a long way in assisting you to obtain good health. Drinking of water is also important – for the average weight and height person this would be about 7 glasses a day.
We will provide more details through another section in our website on this topic.
Supplement you diet
Firstly, we need to understand that food supplementation is of great importance in today’s circumstances. There are many factors to consider that provide us with proof that we need supplementation. Some of these are farming methods, soil depletion from nutrients from intensive farming, food processing, storage, colourings, preservatives, taste enhancers, irradiation, genetically modified food, added hormones, modifiers, insecticides and more. The human body was certainly not designed to absorb, utilise and live on this plethora of chemicals. In actual fact, some substances such as some sweetening agents for example have been linked to diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Supplementation is now absolutely essential for optimal health.
Choosing the right supplements is the right quantities and especially choosing a good quality supplement nowadays from the vast selection (and the marketing hype sometimes) is no easy task, even for the newly qualified therapists sometimes. We do not hesitate here to always recommend a qualified, skilled and experienced Naturopath for guidance.
Natural supplements such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements, antioxidants, fatty acids as well as herbs and other natural medicines can be powerful healing agents in the hands of the expert, or useless to take in the wrong hands, even dangerous if used inappropriately.
Exercise is beneficial to health and fortunately this is agreed to by all experts. You do not need to exercise every day or for many hours. Commit only to what you confidently know you can do on a regular basis. Exercise should be vigorous enough to produce cardiovascular benefits, but nothing too strenuous that might actually do more harm than good. Exercise is an excellent form of stress reduction too so keep this in mind if one of the outcomes you are looking for is reducing stress.
Some of the benefits of exercise:
- Increased bone strength;
- Increased physical work capacity;
- Increased joint range of motion or flexibility;
- Improved sense of well being;
- Increased muscular strength;
- Improved glucose regulation (very favourable for diabetics);
- Decreased blood pressure;
- Improved sleep patterns and reduced levels of anxiety.
Take time out to relax
This is one of the most important aspects that people forget. it does not men expensive holidays or days on end. It may be a few minutes or even a few seconds a day. At our clinic we teach people techniques they can utilise easily and at any time with great results. This helps to keep calm, as well as concentrate better and remember more – generally being more in control. What do you like to do in your spare time? better still, do you have any spare time? maybe it is time to review your priorities and make sure that you can enjoy life more. There IS a way. Talk to us and we can assist you in a number of ways.
Talk about your problems
At the workplace with work related issues this may be called de briefing. How do you “de brief” in your personal life? Who facilitates a process for you to discuss problems, issues, solutions? Who do you talk to? Who can you trust?
If you have a practitioner with experience in this area, we believe that this is one of the best ways to support you. Your practitioner needs to be sensitive, understand and respect your feelings and of course keep absolute confidence. We have done many seminars about stress management, understanding differences between male/female and improving relationships, improving social, family and work relationships and many more. Don’t agonise about any issues and don’t keep bottling up your emotions – this is one of the worst contributors to anxiety and ill health.
Talk is medicine. We truly believe that talking helps and a properly facilitated sensitive process can support you. Some people say, What will I talk about? How do i start? What if I am not sure what is wrong? When i see clients with this issues, one of my approaches is that once you have entered the room, then it is time for you to stop worrying and let your practitioner sort this out for you. All you need to do is participate in the discussion and see how you feel at the end.
As a society we have lost (among many other things) one important support measure – the process of good communication! Lack of communication, lack of talking, of discussion, often results in bottled up emotions and ill health. Depression is not uncommon in these circumstances. With a skilled practitioner, you can learn how to also help others near you to better communicate with you and improve relationships, be it at work, in the family or a personal relationship.
Find a Health Practitioner you can trust and who understands you
Finding a practitioner that you can relate to and you can trust is important in the process of attaining good health. Usually the best method is word of mouth, as other people can tell you of their experiences and how they feel about their practitioner.
Naturally, qualifications and experience are important, as well as the practitioners passion for what they do, their dedication, their sensitivity in understanding individual and unique situations.
Confidentiality is paramount and all practitioners are guided by ethics through their Association, so we are not concerned with the usual guidelines here as we should assume that all practitioners follow these guidelines.
You may want to ask your practitioner as to what herbs and supplements they use, that is, which supplier they deal with. My opinion is that a practitioner should be accessing the best quality from all suppliers, without any bias or commitment to use any specific brands for any reason. We don’t concentrate on buying “specials” for a number of reasons. Price is not a guide to purchases, only quality is. when you visit a practitioner, you need to know that you will be provided with the BEST quality products possible, not products that are cheaper and possibly inferior.
Be committed to yourself
Making a decision is the first step. You need to decide if your health is important enough for you to make a decision and the follow through with it. You are perhaps a busy person like many, or you find it difficult to get there, or your can’t afford it. There can be countless reasons or if you like excuses that you can use. This simply means that you have not seriously thought about your most valuable asset – your health. we all know the saying that Prevention is better that cure. We have seen so many times people get sick and wait until it is too late to do something about it. I always say to my clients that our body is like a car in the sense of the necessity to be looked after. What would happen if you bought a new car and never serviced it? One day it would just not start. What we are talking about here is PREVENTION. We are simply talking about you providing your body the basic nutrients and methods to be well. We are providing you with an opportunity to feel better, more energy, more stamina, clearer thinking, happier feeling. If you make a decision to do something, follow up. keep your word to yourself. Make the time and you will be rewarded.
Where to from here?
You will continue to get the same you are getting as long as you continue to do the same you are doing.
If you want good health, to be relaxed, to feel happier, to have better relationships with those you associate at work or socially, then take action now. Decide, act, follow up and then weight up the benefits yourself about how you feel.
Good luck with your quest for better health and wellbeing. We hope this has been useful for you.
May today be a positive new beginning for you!