Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Where a deficiency has been identified by a qualified practitioner, the appropriate supplement should be used. Otherwise, the simplest and easiest way to stay healthy is to have a balanced diet that is suitable for your needs, to keep well hydrated, and to be active.

Keeping your diet simple and planning ahead can actually help save time.

Disease prevention is not only possible, but fundamental to natural medicine practice.

Nutrients are the substances in food that keep our bodies healthy, therefore nutrition is important for the growth, maintenance and rejuvenation of our bodies and minds.

By eating foods in their most natural state possible. This is not to say that all foods should be eaten raw: addition of heat can actually help make some foods more easily digested. Also, no matter how good the nutrient value of the food, it’s important not to overeat. Overeating is one of the main causes of digestive disorders.

Good nutrition and the correct use of food as medicine is the only known preventative method for genetic disorders.

Physical and mental health exist in a delicate balance, and are largely dependent on each other. A person with a chronic physical disease will tend to feel more mental distress, anxiety and depression than a physically healthy person. Likewise, poor mental health has been observed to be a risk factor for physical illness.

While this strong link can be readily observed, researchers still do not understand a great deal about the pathways from one to the other. However, there is an increasing body of evidence that a diet consisting of mostly ‘real’ (as opposed to processed, sugary) food and good nutrition levels, along with regular physical activity, fresh air and social interaction, contribute to good mental health; and that good mental health motivates and enables a person to focus on caring for their physical health.

Medicine to correct an imbalance or treat an illness should always be individually prescribed by a qualified practitioner. 

However, plants and foods used appropriately for individual needs on a daily basis, with coaching from a skilled practitioner, can be the best preventative medicine possible for good health and healthy habits. 

Foods that have been processed the least, have had no chemical manipulation, no additives, and are recognisable and easily identified as the original food. For example, “vegetable and fruit powders”, “fruit jubes”, and even fruit juice are not close to the original fruit or vegetable’s natural state.

Fertilisers cause plants to grow bigger and faster to supply an ever-growing market. The downside of that is that these plants have not naturally matured to develop the complete nutrients that are required to satisfy their nutritional value. Therefore eating these foods is always going to cause a deficiency. Pesticides kill the bugs that are drawn to certain plants, and as a result, those plants are actually weakened because they don’t have the opportunity to develop their own immune systems. The result is that some essential nutrients are missing, so humans eating these plants miss out on those nutrients in the amount they need. 

About Amy

Amy was born in Kenya, where she spent the first half of her life. Her adult life has been spent in her adopted country, Australia. She has a special affinity for her blended life, and it has informed her passion for health and her approach to natural therapies.

Plant and Food Medicine

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