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Natural Therapies for General Health

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With such a wide variety of Natural therapies available, it can be hard to work out which one will be right for you. Most people would benefit from incorporating some form of Natural therapies into their daily regime.

This could be by starting your day with a meditation for better focus & mental clarity, using aromatherapy oils in your home or office, having a massage to help with stress relief and muscular pain or using herbal medicine to help treat a cold or flu .

Natural therapies look at the underlying cause of a health problem, rather than just treating the symptom alone.  It’s important to remember that a symptom, such as pain, inflammation, skin problems and a lack of energy, can all be showing of something else happening in the body.  A symptom is the result of an underlying problem.

Our body is a sophisticated organism, with all body systems working synergistically together.  When one body system does not work optimally, other body systems take up the extra load.  It is the job of a Natural therapist to help identify this under lying problem and then treat this, so the symptoms can go away.

Daily therapies for good health

Many simple preventative measures can be adopted each day and they really can help to make a difference.  I believe that one of the most important things to do each day is to ensure you drink no less than 2 litres of water a day.  This should be sipped consistently throughout the day, rather than consuming large amounts all at once.  This helps to ensure you utilise the water to hydrate your cells, rather than it being too much for the body to handle all at once, so you just eliminate it.  Putting a squeeze of lemon in this can help even further, by supporting liver function.

Eating regularly throughout the day is vital for optimum energy and mental ability.  Too many people rely on stimulants such as from coffee and tea to give them a boost, where good nutritional food is what is required.  Think of your body as being a fire.  If you do not keep it stoked up all the time it fizzles out.  Food is the fuel to keep our metabolic rate up and our energy.  Make sure you do not leave the house without having breakfast and then try and eat each two and a half hours throughout the day .

Detox treatments

If you haven’t completed a liver cleanse or detox before, consider it today.  There are many different structured programs available, which can take between 7 to 21 days to complete.  The manufactures of these products realise that most people are busy & that the programs need to be as easy to follow as possible.  The main requirements while following these is to avoid junk food and alcohol and drink more water.  I always suggest starting more slowly than suggested on the supplements, so as to avoid initial detox symptoms .

Some herb teas have a cleansing effect in the body and can be drunk on a daily basis, for good health.  These include red clover, dandelion (both leaf and root) & St Johns wort (check if on other medication).  Roasted dandelion and chicory root make a delicious coffee like drink, which can be drunk with milk and sweetener.  Remember that you will benefit from ANY change, so work on one thing at a time and go from there.

For more detailed information on any health topic please contact Leanne James, medical herbalist and health coach at Ideal Health.

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The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those shared by Body Concepts Ltd. Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult a doctor before undertaking an exercise or nutritional plan.