Wellness starts with you

You are in charge of your own health destiny. “It’s true!” says Naturopath Kerri Abbott. However, along the way it is easy to get lost and become confused about which path to take. I am sure you would agree there is a lot of confusing information on Dr Google. So it is all about finding what is right for you, to help improve your health and immune function.

This is where Kerri Abbott Naturopath can help point you in a healthy direction.

Health starts in your mouth

We all know that we are what we eat. Right? So it makes sense to consider what goes in your mouth.

We naturally reach for comfort foods (more carbs and sweets) when the weather cools off. Be aware of just how many carbs are sneaking into to your daily eating plan. This is what is going to put on those extra kilos you’d rather not have. Instead add more soups and casseroles for the “comfort food” effect.

Including the following in your diet every day can improve your immune function:

  • Vitamin C – Lemons, broccoli, kiwi fruit, capsicum, tomatoes
  • Vitamin D – Salmon, sardines, eggs, beef
  • Zinc – eggs, pumpkin seeds, nuts, beef, chicken, mushrooms, leafy greens, oysters
  • Selenium – brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sardines, spinach, shitake mushrooms
  • Antioxidant – blueberries, sweet potato, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli,
  • Anti-inflammatory – garlic, fennel, onion, ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, pineapple, salmon, green leafy vegies

Also, having plenty of protein can make you feel fuller and control your blood sugar levels, reducing those sweet cravings.

Love your GUT

Good GUT bacteria benefits both your immune system and mental health.  Combining probiotics with prebiotics like garlic, asparagus, onions, leeks and oats help improve digestion and absorption of nutrients.  A detox is a great way to support the digestive system in removing metabolic wastes and improving liver function, giving you back more energy.

Treat your body

Massage not only helps to release muscle tension but also stimulates circulation and increasing the flow of lymphatic fluid.  This supports the removal of metabolic waste reducing toxic load. Exercise also helps this process.

Get a good night’s sleep

Getting adequate sleep of at least 8 hours assists with rest and repair, detoxification and hormone production. A couple drops of lavender oil on the souls of your feet can help send you off to a relaxing sleep.

Give time to yourself – you are a priority

In our busy lives it’s often hard to find time for feeling connected to who you are and how you want to feel.  Set yourself a goal and create a wellness plan incorporating a healthy diet, regular exercise and stress reduction strategies including a good night’s sleep to ensure your way to wellness.

Kerri Abbott Naturopath

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