As soon as you can! Taking good care of ourselves is a continual, life-long process. When we are taking care of ourselves, and we have children, we are passing along good health to our unborn babies and starting from the get-go to model good self-care … part of good parenting. This covers both nature and nurture.
Do I mean that you should stop seeing your health care practitioners? Absolutely not! However, I do mean you should get much better informed about what goes on in your body so you can make the best possible health choices for yourself instead of simply relying on the say-so of practitioners in your health insurance plan.
What exactly is herbal medicine, you may ask. Well, the State Government of Victoria, Australia says it like this: “Herbal medicine is the use of plants to treat disease and enhance general health and wellbeing.” They (rightfully) caution us to check for contra-indications (adverse interactions) if you take prescription medication before starting. Always work with a competent, health care practitioner.
As you know I consider nutrition together with specific supplements the foundation or cornerstone of achieving and maintaining abundant (holistic) health. However, there are many other approaches which really get results in addition to having great – or nearly great – nutrition (after all, who is perfect?!). Combining modalities is, in my opinion, a great option as you can reap benefits from all that you engage in at the same time and enhance your health outcome.
Have you ever wondered why just exercise alone is not sufficient to make your entire existence a healthy one? I have known people who got a clean bill of health from their doctors, practiced what they considered to be healthy eating (i.e., a few veggies and fruits, meat, bread, pasta, soda, etc.), exercised somewhat, only to keel over and die from a massive heart attack or a blood clot. Have you also heard these stories? They chill me to the bone.
The keto way of eating – generally speaking low carbs, moderate protein, and high healthy fats – is still very popular and I support it wholeheartedly! This has worked so well for so many people – it especially aids in lowering chronic inflammation in the body, something that is present in so many diseased conditions. Of course, it helps in weight loss by putting the body into a state of ketosis. It may be beneficial in helping to reduce incidences of cancer and in promoting heart health. There are other benefits as well which cover the physical body to the emotional/cognition/spiritual one, too.
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.