Look After Your Own Health/ Paddle Your Own Canoe/ Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask



We’ve lost the art of looking after our own health. We go about our every day business, the business of making money and looking after the family and just well being busy…


But how much time does the average person spend on looking after themselves? Looking after their physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual health?


Consciously eating nourishing food, taking supplements and herbs, taking physical exercise, spending time in nature and in the sunshine, getting enough sleep and rest, spending time with friends and family, having real recreation time. These are all important. Along with natural protocols as a ‘service’ or when healing is required to keep everything ticking over well, or as an intervention if you are not feeling well, rather than just reaching for a pharmaceutical drug out of habit. And given that death by allopathic medicine (be it because of human error or an adverse drug reaction) is the third biggest killer on the planet, it makes sense to not rely heavily on doctors or drugs.


Without our health we cannot function and we cannot achieve what we were put onto this planet to do.


Here are the things that we all need to do every day, at a minimum:


-Get sufficient sleep (7-9 hrs for most people)

-Drink enough clean filtered water (2-3 litres per day)

-Eat nutritious, natural, simple organic food (fruit and veg is so important)

-Spend time outside and in the sunshine (this can also incorporate rest and recreation)

-Forge and develop relationships

-Exercise; ideally a mix of strength training, mobility/ stretching and cardiovascular exercise


These are the basics.


Are these basics going to ‘cure’ someone who has a chronic health condition? Perhaps not and often deeper cleansing is required to recover health. The body has an amazing ability to regenerate and recover, if we put in the work. Being naturally healthy for life takes work, time and effort, but it is possible.


It’s a journey of discovery, learning how to implement the above measures and beyond, tweaking as you go along and seeking help from a holistic health professional, to get the basics right and for deeper help as needed.


Ally van de Pol is a Certified Healing Diets Coach, Holistic Nutritionist, Iridologist in Training, Naturopath in Training.



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