Soda – It’s Not Just for Cleaning

Soda – It’s Not Just for Cleaning

It can make you can weight, get diabetes and wreck your teeth too…

Soft drinks and energy drinks are the single largest source of sugar in the American diet. Together, they account for about 16 teaspoons of added sugar per day (that’s bout 67 grams sugar/day). If you haven’t been to sugarstacks.com, check it out; it can be pretty eye-opening. (more…)

Helpful Tips to Aid in Preventing Food Sensitivities

Helpful Tips to Aid in Preventing Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities can create many undesirable symptoms in the body, such as tissue swelling (hands, ankles and/or feet), bloating (abdomen, puffy face or double chin), watery eyes, running nose (especially right after eating), nasal congestion, heartburn, headaches, achy or stiff joints and cravings for certain types of foods. These symptoms oftentimes don’t appear right away, making it more difficult for the sufferer to correlate a certain food with a reaction.

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What is Naturopathy? Seven Core Beliefs

What is Naturopathy? Seven Core Beliefs

Naturopathy is a philosophy of disease and healing built up as a result of many years of client investigation and research into the nature and cause of disease.

It is based upon a conception that realizes that disease is something which arises in the system solely as a result of the body’s attempts to rid itself of obstacles to its proper functioning. Disease is regarded, therefore, as being something directly connected with the life and habits of the individual concerned. It is the direct outcome of these same ways and habits of living, and not something apart from, or foreign to them.

The power to prevent and reverse disease is taken to reside always and only within the body and spirit of the client and will manifest itself as soon as the practices which have hampered its activity in the past and obscured its presence have been rectified. In other words, the body and soul of the client possesses the power to heal itself once the obstacles to health have been removed.

Seven Core Beliefs of Naturopathy

As a naturopathic center and online source of information on naturopathic medicine, there are seven core beliefs that guide our recommendations:

Core Belief #1: Do No Harm

The first core belief is to do no harm. As naturopathic practitioners, we are concerned with the health and healing of our guests first and foremost. Therefore, we must not and we do not base our decisions or implement therapies that lead to a deterioration of health or weaken the body’s ability to heal itself over time. Furthermore, we will not employ a therapy that brings about short-term symptom suppression at the expense of long-term health and healing. Our job is to remove the obstacles to health and support the body so that it is in tune with nature’s laws. This brings us to our second belief, and that is the healing power of nature or Vis medicatrix naturae.

Core Belief #2: Believe in the healing power of nature

This is a profound belief that the body possesses the ability to heal itself if given the proper opportunity. The body is believed to have an innate intelligence that is always striving for health. It maintains that the morbific agent, such as bacteria does not directly cause the symptoms accompanying disease, but rather, that the symptoms are the result of the body’s intrinsic response or reaction to the agent and the body’s attempt to defend and heal itself. Symptoms, then, are part of a constructive phenomenon that is the best choice the body can make given the circumstances. In this construct, the role of the doctor is to aid the body in its efforts, not to take over the functions of the body. To do this, one must identify and address the causes of the diseased state, which brings us to our third core belief.

Core Belief #3: Identify and address the cause

Fundamental to our philosophy is that if we identify and adequately address the root causes of disease or dysfunction, thereby allowing the body to heal, the body will do so. To do this, we use several assessment techniques that allow us to determine which systems within the body are working properly and which ones indicate signs of dysfunction. Oftentimes, a breakdown in one particular system in the body can manifest as different clinical responses in different people. Therefore, we are not so much concerned with the name or label placed on a diseased state, as we are with the underlying root causes the labeled disease connotes. Once we determine and begin to address these root causes, our job is to teach the client on how to cleanse the body of toxins, rebuild the body using food and therapy and maintain health once all the systems in the body are working optimally. This is the fourth principle – the doctor as a teacher.

Core Belief #4: See the doctor as a teacher

The word ‘doctor’ is derived from the Latin word Docere, which means “teacher”. We believe therefore, that a fundamental aspect of our job, indeed the most important aspect, is to educate our clients about the natural laws governing health and how they can obtain and maintain a state of optimal wellness. We teach our guests how and what to eat for their particular condition, instruct them in the use of various forms of hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, relaxation and emotional release, among others, so that they can take control of there health care by taking a proactive role in it. We do NOT want our guests to be dependent on us for care; we want them to know what they must do and we motivate them to take the steps necessary to obtain and maintain their health. This brings us to the fifth belief and that is that we must address the whole person.

Core Belief #5: Address the whole person – body, mind and spirit

It is becoming a familiar concept that our physical health is dependent on our mental, emotional or spiritual state of being. There is no refuting the fact that if we are emotionally upset for instance, our physical health suffers. Likewise, it is well documented that a high degree of stress over time leads to a deterioration of health. As we are trying to locate ALL the underlying root causes of dysfunction, we must address not only the physical factors, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects that are affecting our client’s health. Truly optimal health can only be achieved if we heal each of these aspects AND have balance between them. Therefore, we address each of these aspects from the first day a client walks through our doors and we incorporate different therapies to address these areas as the client progresses toward greater health and wellbeing.

Core Belief #6: Use first the therapy that requires the least force

The sixth core belief is that we begin with the therapy that uses the least amount of force for the greatest benefit. Health is a process of gradual cleansing, rebuilding and repairing the body. We cannot circumvent this process in the long run by using heroic methods of healing when they are not called for. We always start with the simplest and least invasive approach and use more complex and detailed approaches only when necessary. The simplest form of therapy is prevention, and this is the seventh and final fundamental belief in naturopathy.

Core Belief #7: Practice prevention first and work towards that as the end goal

If we can help our guests from becoming ill and manifesting disease in the first place, we have done our job adequately. Prevention is the perfect embodiment of the first six core beliefs – we do no harm if our guests maintain vibrant health. The body, through its innate intelligence, does what it needs to in order to thrive in and adapt to the wide range of environments and stresses placed upon it. As we have taught our guests what they need to obtain and maintain optimal health, they know what the core things are they need to do and they have the knowledge and the tools to follow through and experience the benefits of following nature’s laws. This includes addressing all aspects in their lives – body, mind and spirit – and they can address these areas with the least amount of discomfort and the greatest reward.

At Natural Solutions for a Healthy You, our job is to promote health and well being through the scientific application of natural healing methods with the ultimate goal of optimal health through education and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

Prevention is the end goal, and one that we can help our guests achieve for themselves and their loved ones.

How Do Simple Sugars Affect My Body?

How Do Simple Sugars Affect My Body?

Did you know, one teaspoon of sugar has the ability to suppress immune function for 5 hours? There are 10‐12 teaspoons of sugar in the average cola.

The fact that most people’s diets are extremely deficient in many nutrients due to the consumption of refined, fatty foods and the exclusion of fruits, vegetables and whole grains means that this information is mind blowing to most people.  (more…)

Top Worst Foods for an Underactive Thyroid

Top Worst Foods for an Underactive Thyroid

The thyroid gland as a metabolic powerhouse directly regulates your metabolism and has a huge impact on your ability to lose weight. Decreased thyroid function makes gaining weight easy and losing weight nearly impossible. When the thyroid gland “engine” has trouble running, every process in the body suffers. The concomitant reduction in metabolic rate is a tremendous factor in weight‐loss.

Certain foods contain goitrogens and should be avoided if you have an underactive thyroid. Goitrogens are substances that disrupt the production of thyroid hormones by interfering with iodine uptake in the thyroid gland.

Foods to Avoid for Underactive Thyroid

White Bread

White bread does not contain significant nutritional value and for some people can contribute to difficulties with insulin resistance and hormonal problems.

Caffeine

Examples include, but are not limited to, coffee, soft drinks, hot cocoa, chocolate and some herbal teas. All of these delicious comfort foods and drinks will depress proper thyroid function and make your underactive thyroid symptoms worse.

Broccoli

Don’t eat this raw or cooked. Broccoli is considered a goitrogenic food, which means that consuming broccoli can increase the likelihood that you’ll develop a goiter somewhere on your body. This would be due to decreased thyroid hormone production.

Other goitrogenic foods: cabbage, rutabagas, coleslaw, sauerkraut, soybeans, kale, white turnips, horseradish, walnuts, peaches.

Peanuts

Yes, they are salty, crunchy and delicious, but they aren’t the best snack choice for someone with an underactive thyroid as they interfere with the production of thyroid hormones.

Fluoride

This is found in toothpaste and drinking water that comes from the tap. Fluoride essentially blocks iodine receptors in the thyroid gland which causes reduced iodine‐containing hormone production.

Chlorine

Not only for pools, it is found in pretty much everyone’s drinking water that comes directly from the tap. Like fluoride, chlorine also blocks iodine receptors in the thyroid gland, causing reduced iodine‐containing hormone production. So drink plenty of distilled or purified water.

Soy

Soybeans are off limits, as they have an anti‐nutrient that contains a chemical which reacts with iodine. Since iodine is critical to make the thyroid hormone, this food should be avoided if you have an underactive thyroid. Soy milk, soy flour, and tofu are also foods to add to the do not eat list.

Garlic

It may keep vampires away and it’s great in spaghetti sauce, however, garlic also reduces iodine uptake in the body.

White Flour

In the same family as white breads, this is a food that can, for some people, contribute to difficulties with insulin resistance and hormonal problems. White flour is a refined and over‐processed food and has little, if any, nutritional value at all.

Eliminating these foods from your diet and you’ll begin the path to returning your thyroid function to normal and begin to make weight loss an easier thing to do.

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