icebergHealth is usually seen as the absence of physical symptoms and disease, but this is only the tip of the iceberg; there are many levels of health. As well as freedom from physical pain and emotional distress, there should be mental clarity, stable energy levels, good sleep, a strong immune and digestive system and a sense of wellbeing.

The process of healing is a lifelong journey not a straight-forward ‘cure’. Symptomatic relief might be brought about by drugs, but true health relies on treating the underlying cause and harnessing the healing power of the body itself.

Treatment taking into account the whole  person and their symptoms is more likely to bring about long lasting health. Homeopathy, acupunctureherbs and good nutrition are a great support for this process. Dr Jessica or Dr Charley will take a detailed history and discuss the best supports and treatment for you to improve your quality of life.

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One of the most important changes that you can make to your diet to improve your health is to cut down on the amount of carbohydrate (particularly sugar and white flour). A simple way to do this is by eating more unprocessed whole foods (meat, eggs, vegetables, cheese, nuts) i.e. cooking from scratch, with which your diet automatically improves.

Fruit contains a large amount of sugar (fructose) that has been shown to produce many negative health changes and increase the risk of diabetes and cancer. Although there are some positive nutrients in fruit this is often outweighed by the sugar content. Fruit that grows in the UK naturally (apples and berries) is naturally low in sugar and blueberries, blackberries and cherries contain many health boosting chemicals including the powerful antioxidants anthrocyanins.

In Chinese Medicine food has been the most basic treatment to prevent and cure disease for 2000 years. Certain foods and herbs are eaten in the diet to both treat and prevent diseases and symptoms. They look at food as medicine, for example if you are a cold person eating spicy food, ginger, cinnamon, coffee, garlic, onions and red meat can help warm you but if you are a hot person these foods can aggravate your heat making symptoms worse – green salads, grapefruit, watermelon, mint and lemon can help balance your heat. This philosophy is now widely recognised. Our diet is the one of the most significant factors for our long term health, in most cases, our health and vitality is strongly linked to what we eat.

Nutritional support, acupuncture, herbs and homeopathy can aid weight loss, treat digestive problems and aid detoxing so that we can improve our diet and health. Dr Jessica or Dr Charley are experienced in offering diet and nutritional advice and support to maximise long term health see her weight loss page for more information.

Organic food contains much lower levels of pesticides (linked to many health problems) and is higher in nutrients than non-organic food. Organic is the best level of free range particularly when bought from British farms and with the Soil Association standard (this means healthier and happier animals, with lower levels of stress hormones) and is often much less processed. For high quality, organic food Abel & Cole or Riverford are great box scheme companies to get organic, local produce delivered to your house or visit Unicorn Grocery in Chorlton for very reasonably priced fruit, veg and other supplies. For organic meat or organic, raw milk, Gazegill organic farm is an excellent source if you want to order online or go on a day trip to visit their farm shop. Ocado home delivery also provides a wide range of organic products.

Milk intolerance is usually due to a problem digesting lactose whch can improved by increasing the number of lactobacilli in your gut with probiotics such as kefir. Organic raw milk (not homogenised or pasteurised) is often better tolerated and has many health benefits. Our family loves and drinks large quantities of raw milk from Emma’s organic dairy. If you are interested in getting organic raw milk delivered within the Manchester/ Cheshire area you can get raw milk delivered from Emma’s dairy directly or if not available to you a nationwide service is provided by Hook and Son.

Dr Jessica or Dr Charley can further advise your regarding vitamins and supplements that would help you. However, a good multivitamin supplement such as Biotics, Quest Super Once a Day or Solgar can improve your vitality. Vitamin D is a common deficiency in the UK due to low natural light exposure and can be tested for and safely supplemented in children and adults to avoid long term health problems. Iron deficiency is common particularly in women or in those who do not consume enough red meat in their diet. Spatone is a safe, natural iron supplement which can be taken daily if you suspect your iron levels are low or are suffering from fatigue.

Fizzy drinks, tea or coffee are diuretics i.e. increase urine output so we lose fluid and fruit juices contain large amounts of sugar offsetting their value. We are 60% water and every system in our body needs water to function, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to our cells and provides a moist environment for our eyes, ears, nose, throat and digestion. Lack of water can lead to dehydration and can cause headaches and make you tired. The recommended amount of water is 2-3Litres of water (or herbal tea) per day that is 9-13 cups!

Long term stress is probably more dangerous to our health than many other diseases. Chronically high levels of the stress hormone cortisol lowers your immunity, increases your risk of heart disease and cancer, affects sleep quality and is responsible for a huge number of negative physical and emotional symptoms. Dr Jessica or Dr Charley can help you deal with emotional issues and stressful situations using a range of therapies.

We often look after our physical but neglect our emotional health which is shown to be more important. Depression increases our risk of many diseases and even shortens our lifespan. Taking regular time out from a busy lifestyle to clear your mind, meditate, do Tai Chi or Yoga reduces the effects of stress and is hugely beneficial to health. Creating time for hobbies and interests strengthens our sense of who we are our self esteem. Homeopathy, Herbal treatment and Acupuncture can help relaxation and Dr Jessica or Dr Charley can advise you further.

Regular exercise is shown to be more effective than antidepressants. It naturally boosts endorphins (the body’s ‘feel good’ chemicals), overall energy levels, reduces blood pressure and improves blood sugar control. It is one of the most important factors in reducing our long term risk of disease. Interval training is a quick and easy way to maintain optimum fitness Dr Michael Moseley has written an excellent book describing this further.

Growing evidence shows that delaying the first meal of the day is actually beneficial to health, called scheduled eating, extending the night-time fast at optimum to 16 hours i.e. skipping breakfast, is hugely beneficial to both blood sugar and health. An alternative is the 5:2 diet which is described further here. Dr Jessica or Dr Charley can further advise you on your diet and eating schedule.

“If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want. “
Anonymous • Quote of the Day
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
Anonymous • Quote of the Day

How does illness develop?

health graphHealth is a continuous process, traumas or negative events whether physical such as illnesses or surgeries or emotional such as abuse, bereavement or extreme stress all have a negative impact on our health. Our body can begin to naturally recover or be aided by medications, therapies or surgery but we don’t often have the time or the tools we need to get back to ‘full health’ and so our health can decline further.

Treatment and support on a physical, mental and emotional level taking into account all our symptoms and their causes can be much more successful in restoring us to ‘health’.