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Healthy with Nature


Healthy with Nature

Healthy with Nature

Consider natural health strategies for managing, resisting, and preventing illness.

Following a natural health (also known as naturopathic) philosophy demonstrates a belief that human health and balance are intrinsic in the natural order of life itself. Health is considered the normal state, a state which can be maintained through intelligent living. Given the right conditions and support, your body has everything it needs to be and stay healthy. The trick is knowing what types of support your body needs.

The Basics

There are many strategies and remedies to help prevent and manage disease. However, the foundations that create an environment conducive to healthy living are very simple. Simply, natural health includes fresh air, clean water, a balance of rest and movement, natural foods, and regular sunshine.


1. Fresh Air

Although difficult for urban dwellers, access to clean air is essential to healthy living. Living in poor air quality has the same health impact as smoking cigarettes!

• Get out of the city as often as possible.

• Keep the quality of air in your home as clean as possible (for example, use an air conditioner with an air filter).

• Practice deep breathing to clear your lungs.


2. Clean Water

Your body is composed mostly of water. Failure to stay properly hydrated can have a negative impact on your health, appearance, and overall energy level.

• Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.

• Drink bottled water. If you drink tap water, make sure it’s filtered.

• When it’s hot or when you’re physically active, increase your water intake.


3. Balance Rest and Movement

It’s not healthy to be either sedentary nor on the move all of the time. It’s important to find a good balance.

• Move daily. Aim for at least 15 minutes of walking, stretching, or some other form of exercise.

• Develop a regular exercise routine for fitness and good health.

• Rest when you’re tired. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night, more if you are feeling tired or rundown. Enough rest allows your body to heal and fight illness.


4. Natural Foods

You are what you eat. Your overall state of health is reflected in the food choices that you make.

• Make food choices that are as close to nature as possible such as fresh nuts, fruits, vegetables, and seeds.

• Eat organic foods when possible.

• Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods.


5. Regular Sunshine

Sunshine works with your body to regulate vitamin D and other hormone levels. It boosts your health and boosts your mood. In moderation, it’s essential.

• Get at least 10 minutes of exposure daily.

• Hanging the laundry or sitting by an open window can help you get your daily dosage on days that you don’t go out.

• Avoid excess exposure to avoid sunburn and increased risk of skin cancer.


Choosing Health

Being healthy requires being smart about what is good for you. Living intelligently extends beyond the boundaries of self-care and self-awareness. It encompasses one’s relationships to others as well as to the earth itself. Following a natural health, or naturopathic, philosophy demonstrates a belief that human health and balance are intrinsic in the natural order of life itself. The word naturopathy itself means “being close to or benefitting from nature.” It is possible for an individual to gain health with a minimum of intervention from conventional medicine. Historically, naturopathy came to define ill-health as unwise living. Wise living, attending to nature’s teachings, could bring the system back into balance, create a healthier immune system, and give you more healthy days to live your life to the fullest.

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Dr. Wendy Manchester Ibrahim

Dr. Wendy Manchester Ibrahim has a PhD in natural health and nutrition and is a qualified mental health professional. She specializes in assisting individuals, especially women, in creating balanced and healthy lives.

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