Updated: Mar 2
Your health shouldn't just be defined as 'an absence of symptoms'. Health is so much more than that.
Have you experienced times in your life when you've felt full of vitality, mentally strong and physically able to conquer your day? This is health, and as much of it has do with your mind as it does with your body. Most of us juggle multiple commitments in our day including work, family, study, and on top of that we all want to have 'relaxation' or 'fun' time. Often it feels like there's not enough time in the day and important things like making healthy meals and getting a good night's sleep are not given the attention they deserve.
There's no denying that our lives have sped up and for many of us this is not going to change. But you can put things in place that support both your physical and mental health so that you can experience your best life. Welcome to naturopathy!
Naturopathy is about understanding the 'why' and 'how' or your current health, rather than just looking to remove the symptoms. For example, when I am stressed I always have digestive symptoms. Without an awareness of my stress levels, I would focus only on the digestive symptoms and look for something that addresses them in isolation. I might take antacids or laxatives. A deeper look at what's happening for me, however, would highlight that my increased stress was causing my digestion to become out of balance. It would be more beneficial for me to look at how I can support myself with nutrients, herbal medicine and meditation to calm my nervous system. As well as improving my digestive symptoms, this approach also supports my long term health. Understanding that there is a connection between all the systems in the body is a really important feature of naturopathic medicine. What do I mean by this? Well the nervous system is intricately connected to every other system in your body. When you're stressed, the increased cortisol can blunt your immune responses, alter your thyroid function and increase your blood pressure. Nothing happens in isolation!
Consulting a naturopath is about the rebalance of body and mind. We are all unique and the priority of the first consultation is about getting to know you and understanding your individual health needs. It's also about supporting you to make positive changes to improve your health.
As important as deciding what healthcare is best for you, choosing a practitioner that you align with and trust is really key to your success.
Health is a life long journey and one that requires our ongoing attention. My role, as a naturopath, is to support you by using my knowledge of the human body and how it functions to support you, so that you can enjoy your ideal health.