NATUROPATHY

 

Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that employs natural, non-invasive practices, to promote self-healing. Most traditional medicines are mostly naturopathic, from Eastern medicine to original Western medicine, since the Greek, Roman, Persian, and European cultures, from Hippocrates and Paracelsus to Samuel Hahnemann and beyond. The real healer practices the integrative healing art form, from the body to its bio-energy, mind, and spirit. Modern naturopathic medicine is nowadays implementing traditional practices with scientific developments in nutrition, orthomolecular and vitamin therapy, detoxification, etc. Naturopaths aim to prevent illness through stress reduction and changes to diet and lifestyle.

BACH FLOWERS

 

Dr. Edward Bach, an English homeopath, discovered the Original Bach Flower Remedies (herbal tinctures) which is a system of 38 Flower Remedies that corrects emotional imbalances. Because the remedies are extremely diluted they do not have a characteristic scent or taste of the plant. As this dilution process results in the statistical likelihood that little more than a single molecule may remain, what amplifies the energetic/ vibrational nature of the botanical to be transmitted to the user.

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AROMATHERAPY

 

It is a form of botanical medicine that uses plant materials and aromatic essential oils compounds as active ingredients, which are the immunological system of the plant, for the purpose of aiding in one's mood, cognitive, psychological, or physical wellbeing. Some essential oils possess anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal effects, scientific evidence exists that essential oils have therapeutic effects.

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​​NUTRITION

                           

CHINESE DIETARY THEORY

For a well-balanced diet, practitioners of TCM believe that meals should contain a balance of two parts yin and three parts yang foods.

  • Yin foods:​​

    • certain meats, such as crab and duck

    • fruit, such as watermelon and star fruit

    • vegetables, such as watercress, cucumbers, carrots, and cabbage 

    • cold drinks and water

  • Yang foods:

    • most foods that are high in fat, protein, calories, and sodium

    • certain meats, such as chicken, pork, and beef

    • warm spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger

    • eggs, glutinous rice, sesame oil, bamboo, and mushrooms

    • alcoholic beverages

    • soy products, such as tofu and soybean sprouts

  • Chinese food therapy is a practice of healing using natural foods instead of medications, is a modality of traditional Chinese medicine, also known as Chinese Nutrition, particularly popular among Cantonese people who enjoy slow-cooked soups, it consists of low or moderate amounts of meat or fish and plenty of vegetables accompanied by starches like rice or noodles. Tea is often served with dinner instead of soft drinks. Desserts are generally not part of the meal but fresh fruits can be served to aid in digestion.

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APPLIED KINESIOLOGY (Muscle Testing)

  • Muscle testing is also known as applied kinesiology (AK) or manual muscle testing (MMT) is a practice that diagnoses structural, muscular, chemical and mental ailments. 

  • ​The basis behind AK is similar to one of Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion, which states, “for every action in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Applied kinesiology takes this concept and applies it to the body. This means that any internal issues would be accompanied by related muscle weakness but differs from standard orthopedic muscle testing. ​

  • MT is also used to determine which nutritional supplements are more appropriate for your constitution.

ALKALIZE ​

  • The conversion of food into energy involves a chemical reaction that breaks down solid mass in a slow and controlled manner. When they burn, ash residue is left, known as metabolic waste. This can be alkaline or neutral, or acidic. acidic ash makes you vulnerable to illness, whereas alkaline ash is protective against disease. Food components that leave acidic ash include protein, phosphate, and sulfur, while alkaline components include calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Food groups are considered acidic, alkaline, or neutral:

  • Acidic: Meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

  • Neutral: Natural fats, starches, and sugars.

  • Alkaline: Fruits, nuts, legumes, and vegetables.

DETOX

  • ​Detoxification starts in the liver: first, it converts toxic substances to highly reactive metabolites and then excretes these toxins. Your kidneys, lungs, and gut also play a role. Toxins can impact these organs cumulatively. More dangerous are the persistent, low-grade toxins such as residue you consume regularly: elements in our food, air, water, and drugs, can make toxins accumulate, overwhelming your defenses. Reactions aren’t immediate, and you might not see the connection between chronic low-grade toxicity and struggle with weight loss or health disorders. The mechanism for detoxification in the liver gets sluggish, and certain toxins can remain active longer, impedes normal metabolism, and causes fluid retention and bloating. 

  • Research shows detoxification impacts weight loss and chronic inflammation.

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EAT FOR YOUR TYPE

The central theory of the blood type diet has to do with proteins called lectins, considered to be anti-nutrients, and have negative effects on the lining of the gut. There are lectins in that specifically target different blood types, consuming the wrong types of lectins could lead to agglutination of red blood cells. 

Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic physician, published a book in which he described how people could be healthier, live longer, and achieve their ideal weight by eating according to their blood type. Overall, soaked and/or cooked foods before consumption destroys harmful lectins.

  • Type O: high-protein foods, meat, vegetables, fish, and fruit, limit grains, beans, and legumes.

    • To lose weight: seafood, kelp, red meat, broccoli, spinach, and olive oil. 

    • Avoid wheat, corn, and dairy.

  • Type A: fruit, vegetables, tofu, seafood, turkey, and whole grains but avoid meat.

    • For weight loss: seafood, vegetables, pineapple, olive oil, and soy. 

    • Avoid dairy, wheat, corn, and kidney beans.

  • Type B: diverse diet including meat, fruit, dairy, seafood, and grains.

    • To lose weight: green vegetables, eggs, liver, and licorice tea.

    • Avoid chicken, corn, peanuts, and wheat.

  • Type AB: dairy, tofu, lamb, fish, grains, fruit, and vegetables.

    • For weight loss: tofu, seafood, green vegetables, and kelp. 

    • Avoid chicken, corn, buckwheat, and kidney beans.

 

​HYPER NUTRITION

  • ​The Gerson diet consists of supporting metabolic requirements by flooding the body with nutrients from organically-grown fruits and vegetables daily. Mostly fresh raw juice and cooked vegetable soups. Oxygenation is increased, as oxygen deficiency in the blood contributes too many degenerative diseases. The metabolism is also stimulated through the addition of other supplements and avoiding heavy animal fats, excess protein, sodium, and other toxins. Degenerative diseases render the body increasingly unable to excrete waste materials adequately, commonly resulting in liver and kidney failure.

  • The Gerson diet uses intensive detoxification to eliminate wastes, regenerate the liver, reactivate the immune system, and restore the body’s essential defenses. With generous, high-quality nutrition, increased oxygen availability, detoxification, and improved metabolism, the cells can regenerate, get healthy, and prevent illness.

NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

  • ​A nutritional deficiency occurs when the body doesn’t absorb the necessary amount of a nutrient, leading to a variety of health problems. The main causes of nutritional deficiencies include a poor diet, disease, or medication that impairs absorption, or both. The body is able to store some nutrients, so a deficiency may not be caught until the body has been without the nutrient for some time. 

  • The most common deficiencies are Iron, Iodine, Vit. A, D and B complex, Calcium, and magnesium.

​FOOD SENSITIVITIES

  • Food sensitivities can also stall weight loss and exacerbate toxicity by making your gut more permeable and allowing toxins to enter the bloodstream. Improving your digestive system requires removing obstacles that create dysbiosis (gut imbalances), and incorporating the right gut-supporting nutrients.

  • If you suspect intestinal permeability (leaky gut), lectins in gluten, dairy, soy, nightshades, and corn, are among the most common food sensitivities.  

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