Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy is a holistic natural approach which aids the healing process of the whole person, helping you to reach your full potential as a human being. Naturopathy does not treat a symptom but instead looks at the whole person, your daily diet, lifestyle, past traumas, past and present illnesses, life stress etc. and takes all this into account when assessing how you have reached your current state of health. I help you through empowering you with your own story about your journey to your currrent destination (how, when, at what point and why you reached your level of health). This is an important part of your healing process, once you understand what the real causes are you feel empowered to work with your programme which is devised between us to help you to unwind your health problems back to a good level of wellbeing, to feel the vitality you used to feel or should be feeling. To give you an idea on what Naturopathy is about lets take a look at how and why we manifest a ‘COLD/CLEANSE’.
Conventionally speaking most of us believe that we ‘CATCH’ a cold, that we pick up the virus from other people and we have been conditioned throughout our lives to believe this. Generally, we then seek help by going off to the pharmacist for some sort of medication to help aid the discomfort of a cold and this is a very lucrative business for the pharmaceutical industry so it is encouraged through advertising particularly during the Christmas period. In view of the fact that the pharmaceutical industry has a major influence over the medical profession it is little wonder we are taught to believe that we catch colds by one person passing the virus onto another person.
During the Christmas period generally, people pay less attention to healthy eating and pre Christmas are rushing around so tend to eat on the run (less healthy food) and then during Christmas (plenty of salty food e.g. bacon, sausages, gravy, crisps, snacks and even sweet foods has added salt! and mucus forming dairy products such as cheese and cream). Naturopathically speaking, a ‘COLD is an opportunity for the body to CLEANSE’ and this means that the body is showing up an acute illness, a need for a discharge to release inner built up mucus, toxins and excess sodium (from the added salt and hidden salts in the food we eat throughout the year). Dairy produce in particular is mucus forming so over the year the mucus builds up in the body and then the body needs to rid itself of this stuff because it cuts you off from your full potential e.g. you may feel tireder, run down, have less energy, sleep problems, feel negative and this hinders your full vitality/full potential to energetically manifest the life you wish (procrastination is another example of us being stuck and feeling unable or afraid to take action, this may be due to genuine fears and beliefs, however, when you feel healthy and energised you feel more willing to do something about it).
What happens Naturopathically speaking a cold starts with what we have been ingesting and the symptoms are: us feeling run down, feeling tired, perhaps not sleeping very well, less energy, lethargic, feeling irritable, just not feeling ‘ourselves’ and then we start to develop a ‘runny nose’, then progresses into us generally not feeling very hungry wanting to not eat very much leaning towards consuming vegetable soups, hot lemon drinks perhaps citrus fruits such as an orange. Interestingly we feel like and instinctively want to ingest alkalising healing foods/fluids and this is because our body wants to rest from acidic foods/fluids which undermines your life performance. When we don’t feel like eating the body starts to ‘CLEANSE/DETOXIFY’ releasing the internalised mucus, excess salt and other toxins can also shift out of the body and will move out from our cells to the lymph, to the blood, to liver and out of liver through bile passing through the colon.
I believe other toxins can move out through the mucus as well excess sodium. The body can use the skin to eliminate toxins as well as the skin is the biggest organ of elimination! e.g. spots and itching could be other symptoms presenting before and during your cold/cleanse. During your ‘COLD/CLEANSE’ lots of salty mucus is released from your body, and this is positive as your body has the integrity to throw out an acute cleanse to rid itself of this ‘STUFF’ which hinders your full performance and wellbeing. The old Naturopaths used to say you feel better for a discharge! your body always does it’s best to protect itself under any given situation hence why we manifest acute illness to enable us to offload and feel better afterwards. Also, acute illness protects you (if treated correctly) from manifesting chronic illness as acute illness is a warning signal to change your diet and perhaps lifestyle.
After your ‘COLD/CLEANSE’ you should feel after a week or so an increased level of vitality and less procrastination and more able to take action with those uncomfortable aspects of your life you keep suppressing. The next question is, is there viral or bacterial activity taking place during a cold? well the Dr’s generally say (words to the effect) there is viral activity. Naturopathically speaking I would not disagree, however I do not believe it is a virus we catch and pass on I believe and naturopaths would believe that the medium has to be right for the viral activity to take place. If your body is acidic from eating acidic foods and perhaps even fungally (mainly sweet foods are the culprits: sugars and fruit) this is the perfect medium for bacterial, viral and fungal activity. Dentists will tell you not to eat too much sweet food because produces bacteria around your gums. Also bacterias/fungus feeds on sugars and your valuable nutrients (which you are likely to be short on due to the typical western diet), also bringing your oxygen levels down.
I hope this makes sense, so if you are presenting those pre ‘COLD/CLEANSE’ symptoms please help support your body’s natural healing process by changing your diet to a supportive alkalising diet, such as try eating vegan food for a couple of days e.g. lentil and vegetable soup with a little seaweed, 4 pints of pure water spread out over the day, if possible some organic shortgrain brown rice (blots up toxins in the colon and helps to hydrate/support colon), freshly squeezed lemon juice (I add the pulpy bits and rind if organic as well to my water as has an alkalising effect upon the body).
If you choose to juice, please be careful to choose green vegetables instead of fruits, I would opt for vegetable smoothie instead of juicing only because green juices do push a deeper cleanse and while this seems like an ideal time I believe green juicing is best for drinking during springtime when natures energy is assisting us. Especially when you are not used to green juicing. During winter I feel winter warming vegetable soup is better adding vitamin C via lemon juice water (add the pulpy bits for bioflavonoids which aids Vit. C absorption/utilisation) you can also take a good quality anti-oxidant supplement to help support you, however, when your body is releasing it is best not to put lots of supplements in, just allow your body to release. If you would like to go a step further and learn more about how to help prevent acute and chronic illness, how to help rebuild good health/wellbeing, feel more energised, I do offer consultations.