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3 Lesser-known Health Tips to Change Your Life

Find out Dr Sigrid Grosby’s three top tips for staying healthy that will get you further than the typical health slogans you already know.

  • 3 Lesser-known Health Tips to Change Your Life
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Detox once a year.

Our environment is more polluted than ever before. Our water, our air and our food sources are contaminated with chemicals that negatively affect our health. Increasing rates of cancer worldwide may be related to this ever-increasing pollution and our bodies need a break to “clean-up” and regenerate. The best way to “detox” is by doing 2 to 4 weeks of an elimination diet where we remove processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and the foods we are intolerant to. During that time, our body can really start processing pollutants (stored mostly in our liver and in our body fat) and we generally feel much better. During the elimination diet, it is important to support the liver’s detoxification pathways by using herbs. Sauna, lymphatic drainage and exercise are also useful to support the lymphatic system, which is where most of our cellular toxins are excreted on their way out of the body.

Detect and address food intolerances.

Our favourite foods can be our worst enemies. Wheat products, dairy, soy and eggs are food items commonly known to cause a number of symptoms in many people. Gluten, found in wheat and other grains (barley, rye, oats, spelt), can cause bloatedness, fatigue, eczema, greasy skin and hair and lead to frequent yeast infections. Dairy is commonly linked to gastrointestinal problems (i.e. reflux or bloating), eczema and sinus problems. These food intolerances often go undetected as the food items do not cause immediate symptoms but rather take two or three days to affect our health. As such, many of us eat wheat at every meal – for instance we have toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner – without suspecting that it is what is causing our chronic state of tiredness! Food intolerances can be easily detected with a blood test. It is important to identify them, as they can negatively affect the immune system in the long run and perhaps contribute to more serious auto-immune illnesses such as hypothyroidism.

Pamper your adrenal glands.

Our stress reaction causes our adrenal glands to release the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol in our bloodstream. These hormones allow us to keep going in times of stress. When our stress becomes chronic, the adrenal glands become depleted and are unable to keep up. As this process occurs, we may start developing adrenal fatigue, of which there are 2 types:

  • erratic adrenalin production with anxiety, jittery feelings, heart palpitations and a general oversensitivity to odours and foods
  • erratic cortisol production with general tiredness, difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, lightheadedness and cravings for sugar or salt

In order to avoid these scenarios, one must really support the adrenal glands both by practicing good stress management and by using relevant natural therapies such as vitamin B5 and C; both of which are required by the overworked adrenals. In times of stress, it may also be useful to use medicinal herbs such as rhodiola, Siberian ginseng or ashwaghanda, all of which are known for their ability to nourish the adrenal glands. Those becomes particularly important in the context of menopause, respiratory allergies and high-stress lifestyles.

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About the Author

Sigrid Grobys is a naturopathic doctor who uses homeopathic remedies, herbal medicine, nutritional counselling and acupressure to treat various health conditions and help patients achieve a greater sense of well-being. Armed with a strong understanding of the common problems families face, she provides insight on how to build and foster a healthy familial relationship through diet, lifestyle changes and natural remedies.

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