Things to consider when determining how healthy you are.
- How often do you get sick? More than 2 times a year?
- Is your sleep deep and refreshing?
- Do you have chronic pain anywhere in the body?
- How active are you? Are you exercising at least 3 times a week ?
- How often do you eat fried foods, sugar, packaged foods?
- Do you eat vegetables, fish, organic foods?
- Are you over or underweight?
- How is your energy throughout the day?
- Do you get headaches and how often?
- Do you have any allergies to pollens, foods or other chemicals?
- How is your appetite? Do you get heartburn, constipation, bloating?
- How is your mood? Are you generally relaxed and content or do you spend much of your time angry, depressed or anxious
- Is your libido good or decreased?
- Do you have skin problems of eczema, acne, psoriasis?
- Have you had any issues with infections of any kind?
- How often do you meditate?
Is your menstrual cycle 28 days? Do you have any hormonal or PMS symptoms of mood changes, cramping, digestive changes, hair loss?Have you had any breast cysts or lumps in the past?
Many symptoms people seek help for are really signs of imbalance in physiology. Working to improve overall balance often leads to improvement of things people weren’t actively treating.
Today’s world is much different that 100yrs ago. Industrial waste, medications, and pollution have all poisoned our water, food, air and soil. Everything we eat contains pesticides, medication residues and heavy metals. Since we don’t live in a “bubble” we are exposed to these toxins every day. Research has confirmed the carcinogenicity of many if not most of these chemicals so what are you doing about it? If you want to be well and prevent disease this needs to be priority in your life.
Dealing with toxicity is an approach that involves a few steps
1) Decrease exposure– as much as realistically possible-use natural alternatives for cleaners, cosmetics, soaps and toothpaste. Minimize drug use to only when absolutely necessary and at minimum effective dosage.
2) Diet-Eat less chemicals, avoid food intolerances/allergies, reduce sugar, avoid non organic and GMO foods.
3) Supplementation-The body metabolizes toxins using a variety of nutrients. Deficiency of amino acids, minerals or antioxidants can slow/imbalance the way the body detoxifies.
4) Drainage remedies– A variety of homeopathic remedies can be used to stimulate detoxification from various parts of the body. This really is an ongoing process as we are constantly being exposed.
5) Chelation– Some individuals have a high heavy metal burden that essentially shuts down the body’s ability to efficiently detox. In these cases a benefit can be derived from judicious use of chelation therapies.
6) Improve your digestion– many chemicals that your body is exposed to actually come from imbalanced gut bacteria producing chemicals. As your digestion improves the chemical exposure from the gut bacteria improves.
A common misconception today is that fat is bad for you. Fats, like any other nutrient, are essential to life and optimal health. People do not generally associate fish oil with reduced arthritis pain, better concentration, decreased heart attack risk or better yet weight loss. Did you know that consumption of coconut oil has been found to improve thyroid function? Did you know that menstrual cramps can often be alleviated by a few months of primrose oil supplementation?
If fat has so many benefits why does fat get such a bad wrap? The reason is that we have been getting our fats mixed up. There are “good fats” which is helpful in treatment and prevention of almost every disease known to man and there are “bad fats” which can cause, or contribute to, almost any disease process. The good fats are generally found in fish, nuts, and seeds and are typically not processed in any way. Bad fats come in most fried foods, margarines, meats and cheeses. Although some bad fat is okay, problems generally start when quantities get out of hand. Consuming too many bad fats leads to increased inflammation which contributes to joint pain (arthritis), heart disease, cancer and possibly hormonal imbalances (pms comes to mind here).
A good recommendation for most people is to eat more fish, flax oil and olive oil in the daily diet while decreasing fried foods, fatty meats and cheeses. Essential fatty acids are essential to the daily diet of anyone who wishes to improve health, sports performance, reduce cholesterol and lose weight.
Headaches can be present for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, it is necessary to rule out any serious disease that could be causing these headaches; fortunately this is rarely the case. Common causes of chronic headaches include hormonal imbalances, food sensitivities, hypoglycemia, stress, neck tension and spinal subluxation. Most often headaches are caused from stress and poor eating habits leading to low blood sugar, when this occurs the body releases stress hormones which then cause the neck muscles to “tense up”. In this scenario effective treatment includes neck massage and adjustments while concurrently changing the diet to address individual needs.