Kew Beach Naturopathic Clinic

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Changes and choices

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By Helena Ovens, ND

There is only one constant in the world, and that is change. The world is constantly changing … the seasons change, day turns into night, and our bodies change from moment to moment. Time stands still for no man. The same is true for change.

Our time here on earth is precious and in many cases, also quite delicious. Falling in love is delicious, welcoming home a new baby is delicious, achieving our goals is delicious and so, of course, is eating. The deliciousness of food … smelling the food as it is being prepared, thinking about our favorite foods, the anticipation of the next meal and finally putting that first morsel into our mouths is probably the one delicious experience that we all have in common. I don’t know about you, but I just started salivating!

Food is one of the few items over which we have some semblance of control. As you know, I’m a strong believer in organic foods. Certified organic food is good for both your external and your internal environment. Identifying and removing allergic foods is also important. As you remove allergic foods, you find that your craving for them dissipates.

The liver deserves to go on vacation at least once a year (ideally, four times a year at the change of seasons). The benefits of regular detoxification are too numerous to list – an increase in your energy and vitality, a lessening and removal of the toxic load that you have acquired over the past year (or more), a decrease in your reactivity to allergens and a significant decrease in your susceptibility to chronic disease.

Detoxification exemplifies Naturopathic Principle # 6, Prevention. You know the old saying, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. You can consciously work to prevent arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease by eating properly, exercising properly and maintaining a positive attitude. Although disease may have a genetic component, just because we have the gene doesn’t mean you have to express it.

I strongly encourage you to consider what changes you can make to improve your health.

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