Practicing naturopathy for the last 20+ years has allowed me to meet many thousands of people who are interested in their health and wellbeing. During this time I have seen many diseases and various states of ill health, but the number one stand out reason that most people presented to the clinic with was fatigue. Now of course there are many reasons why these people had less energy and vitality than what they would prefer.
Some of these where because they had an illness or disease state that they were or were not aware of at the time they came in to see me, but the majority did not have a disease, at least not yet.
In this post I will cover many aspects of how to regain vitality and energy. The topics covered will be:
Please note that this post is being added to often and so many not be complete at the time of your reading.
Patterns and momentums
Supplements to support the body
Herbs to support the body
Therapies to support the body
Practicing as a naturopath I would often suggest that people try omitting gluten and/or dairy foods from their diet and most of the time they found an improvement in their health and energy levels.
Sometimes this sugestion would be because their body would need to reduce the antigenic load to allow their immune system to have a rest and sometimes this would be because of a suspected allergy. On and off I would do the same. I would go three months without gluten to see how I would feel and also to see if it would have any effect on my weight. At the time it seemed to have little effect if I ate gluten and dairy or not.
Also at that time I wasn’t aware that there was gluten and dairy hidden in foods, so in fact I was never completely off gluten or dairy and so I wasn’t really able to gauge the effect fully. I discovered later that unless you are 100% off gluten and dairy your body doesn’t detox from it. So it’s as though you are still eating it.
I had a history of fatigue and weight issues for many years and had worked on the emotional aspects of giving away my energy, but the diet was the place I found that I could instantly feel a difference in my energy levels. I would often feel tired after a meal, but thought that this was just how it was.
Being emotional, rushing about, eating quickly, being stressed, all puts the body’s nervous system into sympathetic overdrive, whereas the body can only digest if it is in parasympathetic mode which is what we are in when we are connected to the gentle breath, relaxed and still.
It is with this knowing that I have put together a range of gluten free, cane sugar free, dairy free raw and cooked foods that can be enjoyed by the whole family as they are or as accompaniments to other foods. You can find these recipes by clicking here.
It is more important what you DON’T eat than what you actually eat.
It’s all about obstruction. In other words, which foods are damaging and obstructing the ‘True Vitality’ of the body. The number one benefit from eating simple, fresh foods is the elimination of all the processed foods that are DAMAGING to the body. Your body will be able to rejuvenate if you have eliminated harmful processed foods such as refined sugar and processed starches from your diet.
Increasing your ‘True Vitality’ with food choices
Foods can be broken down into several groups or categories:
1. Processed starches/grains – breads, cereals, cakes, biscuits, pasta
2. Refined sugars – sugar, ice-cream, sweets/lollies, chocolate, soft-drinks, alcohol
3. Dairy products of all animals
4. Processed oils – any oil from vegetable, animal or seed not cold-pressed
5. Meat and eggs – chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish, eggs
6. Unprocessed and not heated (cold pressed) oils from nuts, seeds and vegetables
7. Cooked fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and herbs
8. Raw fresh fruits, vegetables (including salads) and herbs
9. Sprouted seeds, nuts and legumes
Most diets that claim that they work for good health or weight loss omit the first two to four food groups.
Whole grains such as rice, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth and animal proteins in moderation (125-200g 3/week), will still result in reasonably good health. It is a moderately acidic diet which will leach some alkalizing minerals, which can lead to osteoporosis but is certainly better than a diet based on processed foods.
Remember it is more important what you don’t eat than what you do eat. What you leave out of your diet completely is the key to ultimate health.
The natural process of digestion causes fermentation. Cooked foods cause more fermentation than raw foods. Also, not chewing any type of food will cause more fermentation due to the food not being broken down enough first. It is important to note that the stomach doesn’t have teeth! The stomach does have acids to break down foods, but these acids are stimulated to be secreted in the stomach by the action of chewing.
With years of poor eating the cells in our body grow and become full of carbonic acid. As you eat less fermentive foods the cells contract and give off waste gas and shrink in size. This is why people seem to be gassier when first eating a healthy unprocessed food diet, they are releasing the gas build up from their cells. However, gas from eating legumes is because they have usually not been soaked and sprouted to remove the enzyme inhibitors and so this causes fermentation in the gut and the subsequent release of flatulence.
The clearer and cleaner you become, the more sensitive you become, but you also become clearer and more sensitive to energies – more connected and clear feeling (clairsentient).
When you stop eating certain foods that are toxic, the body will detoxify. This may give symptoms of runny nose, headaches, nausea etc, so it is important to firstly realise that this is the body clearing and to assist it where you can.
Ways to help the body to detoxify are – body brushing, sweating, drinking plenty of pure clean water, drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices especially green vegetable juices and melons (not together). Herbal teas such as dandelion & fennel can be helpful. Rebounding on a lymphaciser and walking are great for detoxification. Walking in fresh air especially by the seaside or in the bush where there is a greater concentration of negative ions.