What does WELLNESS mean to you?
Having the energy to keep up with your children or grandchildren
Having the health to be able to travel and go on adventures
Growing older gracefully, without pain and good mental acuity
Freedom from inflammation, infection, digestive problems, sore joints, poor mobility, poor memory, fatigue and brain fog.
A healthy lifestyle is built on 9 foundational principles which you can scroll through on the right.
Through the wellness clinic we can coach you through these principles as much as you need until you achieve your health goals.
Sometimes your health may have been derailed by a virus, tick bite, trauma, pregnancy, menopause, autoimmune disease or cancer. Perhaps you have epigenetic conditions to deal with, such as MTHFR or pyroluria. Muddy DNA can also contribute to chronic, difficult to treat health problems.
Complementary medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability – it just needs the right environment. Once disease has set in the treatment needs to be holistic and multifactorial. A simple one-size-fits-all approach won’t work very well in this situation.
That’s why we use a combination of tools and techniques in our practice. We bring to the table our combined skills, experience and knowledge to give you the best environment to heal.
Healthy food provides plenty of nutrients to keep your body in good repair. It’s so important to have a balanced relationship with food and to avoid fads and yo-yo dieting. Love your vegetables for they are the source of alkalising minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants.
The breath of life literally. However many people get by with barely breathing … shallow breaths don’t fill up your lungs and rapid shallow breathing can lead to anxiety. Your lungs have an important role to deliver healthy oxygen to your blood and remove carbon dioxide and acids.
Aaahh … a good stretch wakes you up. Stretching lengthens your muscles and sends a message to your bones to be strong. It prevents muscle injuries and keeps you more flexible.
Your body is 80% water and depends on a daily intake of fresh clean water everyday. If possible make it filtered and avoid drinking water stored in plastic bottles … they leach nasty hormone disrupters into your water. About half a glass every hour during the day is good for most adults.
Everyone loves a good night’s sleep. But do we always get one? Sleep rhythms run in 4 regular cycles including deep sleep and dream states. Each cycle takes about 90 minutes and keeps repeating throughout the night. A good sleep pattern allows your brain to record and file all your thoughts and feelings from the day.
Exercise is important but getting the balance right can be tricky. When you’re young your body thrives on lots of activity and can take intense periods of exercise. However, over the age 50 or when your health is compromised more gentle forms are better for you. It’s important to allow time for your body to recover and repair. Standing and walking and generally moving about most of the day is far better than sitting for long periods of time.
We all need purpose in life. The best way to do this is to have goals that you can work towards. Getting involved in community activities can help you feel a sense of reward which contributes to wellbeing. Take the time to meditate on what’s important to you in life and believe that you can make a difference.
Rest and recreation … fun and laughter … playfulness. Make time for these to give your life a sense of balance. Meditation is another way to rest and slow down. In issue 9 of Flow International the article “Play Forever” included this quote: “My childhood may be over, but that doesn’t mean playtime is.” Spontaneity and unstructured activities help restore your creative spirit.
It’s vital to have support from friends, family, work and community. A strong network helps you get through any crisis. Humans are naturally drawn to developing relationships and helping one another. A shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, shared experiences can be the best medicine for a long, happy life.