Giving your body the right conditions to maintain good health is critical. You can service your car as much as you like but unless you are using the right fuel, it will not run properly! There are many things we can do to optimise our capacity to be well. Hair analysis can identify issues such as nutritional deficiencies or toxicity and this page contains some basic information with links to websites which I hope you will find useful.
- Drink enough water
- Good bowel function
- Cellular support
- Consider alkalising
- Natural support for women
- Complementary therapies at the Centre for Wellbeing
Water is critical for every process in the body from brain function to digestion and excretion of toxins. Every body is different but you should be drinking enough mineral or filtered water to ensure that your urine is pale in colour. Once you start feeling thirsty you are already dehydrated so try to avoid getting to that stage.
Generally speaking, the closer food is to its natural state, the more easily it is used by the body and the better it is for you. Some useful things to consider:
- Organic food contains less chemicals and more nutrients. See the Soil Association website for more details.
- Caffeine inhibits the absorption of nutrients and and the diurectic effect it has flushes further minerals from the body. Consumptions should therefore be limited or confined to between meals. See the Explore Vitamins website for more information.
- Avoid processed food as it is likely to contain more trans and saturated fats, sugar, chemicals and salt as well as less vitamins and minerals.
- Generally, raw food contains more nutrients than cooked. Raw Food Life gives information on raw food diets but even introducing a bit more salad, a few sprouted seeds or a fresh juice every day can make a difference.
- Dairy products are not easy for the body to digest which creates mucus that can contibute to skin conditions, susceptibility to colds and digestive complaints. If you worry about cutting down on dairy product consumption because of calcium, you may be interested to know that there are lots of easily absorbed plant based sources.
- Try to avoid too much sugar and use unrefined sugars where necessary as they contain essential minerals.
- Many people struggle to digest the gluten in wheat (see here for more information). Although you may not have an allergy your body may be using excessive energy to deal with the wheat in your diet. It is easy to eat wheat three times a day if you had a wheat based cereal for breakfast, bread at lunchtime and pasta for dinner. Try using some alternative grains such as rye or spelt.
- Essential fatty acids are one of the building blocks of healthy cells and therefore essential for everything from immunity and cardiovascular function to reproduction and the nervous system. This useful article contains information of what they are used for and where to get them from.
- Eat a range of foods daily to get a full range of nutrients. The traditional South African diet aims to include a food of every colour on the plate at each meal – this would be an excellent start.
- Make sure you include fermented foods daily – kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kombucha and tempeh are all great foods which contain many nutrients as well as boosting the ‘good bacteria’ in your gut. Your gut is connected to immune function, mental and emotional wellbeing, the manufacture of enzymes and hormones as well as good digestion.
- Enjoy your food. Prepared carefully and eaten with consideration and appreciation, food can be a wonderful experience.
80% of our immune function is provided by the gut so keeping the intestinal tract healthy is critical. More obviously it is essential for proper digestion and elimination of toxins.
- Probiotics are friendly bacteria that contribute to intestinal tract health. Many traditional foods such as miso, pickles, sauerkraut and yogurt provide probiotics or you can use a high quality supplement. If you do choose a supplement, make sure that the capsules have a coating which can survive the stomach acid so that the bacteria reach the gut.
- Avoid constipation and a build up of undigested food in the intestinal tract by eating plenty of fruit, vegetables, seeds and whole grains and taking in enough water.
- A mixture of ground flax, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and hemp seeds act as natural and gentle abrasives for the lining of the gut, removing old material and optimising nutrient absorbtion. They are also great sources of essential fatty acids.
in 1832 Dr Sheussler discovered that the body contains 12 vital inorganic or mineral elements which are responsible for normal cell function. Put simply, these are the ‘workers’ in the body and use water and nutrients to ‘build’ body tissue. Even with good nutrition, without these ‘workers’ the cells within the body cannot be correctly developed and ill health results.
- In order to be used by the body, inorganic substances need to be reduced to an almost infinitesimally small size. Nature does this with inorganic cell salts that are taken up by the earth in microscopic quantities. When we eat the plants we can use these salts as they are carried by the bloodstream and absorbed where required.
- However, the natural supply can be insufficient.
- Sheussler developed a method of triturating minerals to to reduce the salts to a size that would allow easy assimilation. These are called ‘celll or tissue salts’.
- They can be bought at many chemists – please contact me if you would like to know how they can be used to support your health.
Over acidity, which can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH-balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease. A healthy body maintains adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands. When excess acids must be neutralized, our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition. Natrum Phos cell salts can help or have a look at this excellent website for more information.
For many women, taking control of their own health means understanding their health issues better and finding alternatives to the artificial hormones that are so often offered as solutions.
- Dr Christine Northup explains how to listen to our bodies as well as alternative approaches to dealing with problems.
- Dr Marilyn Glenville looks at understanding tests, how to deal with hormonal imbalences naturally and assistance with mood swings and boosting energy.
Alternative Therapies at the Centre for Wellbeing
A number of therapists work from the Centre for Wellbeing, offering Shiatsu, acupuncture, crystal therapy, kinesiology, aromatherapy and remedial massage, life coaching, dowsing, hypnotherapy, Indian head massage and meditation. Tony Neate works as a healer/counsellor specialising in past-life regression, spirit release and nutrition while Ann Neate is a healer and counsellor who uses astrological support where requested as well as past-life regression and spirit release. Tony has channelled the wisdom philosophy of the H-A energy, so called as it derives from the spiritual teachings of Helio-Arcanophus, for fifty years. H-A’s philosophy provides a very practical approach to life that invites us to explore our own inner dimensions, yet at the same time find a harmony with the physical world in which we life.