What is Lifestyle and Dietary Advice

Often in this website we have referred to lifestyle and dietary advice. Although a herbalist is trained to use the ehaling proerties of herbs, they are also trained to be able to identify where other changes can improve someones health, reduce the severity of any condition they have or may simply be a pattern that the person is not aware they are repeating that is bad for them. The herbalist is both trained to know approriate lifestyle and dietary advice and depending on the condition they may also undertake additonal research on a illness.

Lifestyle Advice

Changes to lifestyle can have a beneficial effect on many conditions and the herbalist may be able to aid by appropriate suggestions, support or referral. Examples include:-

  • appropriate sleep patterns
  • levels of stress
  • availability of support networks
  • postural issues (how we sit, stand or sleep for example)
  • skincare routines
  • and more…
  • It is amazing how many of these can help seemingly unrelated conditions (e.g. osture can affect digestion, compressing the digestive tract for example).

    Dietary Advice

    A herbalist is likely to consider the role of a client’s diet in their health. Where appropriate they may suggest foods and drink to add to or exclude from their diet. For example

  • the effects of too much caffeine
  • foods that make arthritis worse
  • portion sizes
  • the roleof foods in mood
  • how foods affect blood sugar levels
  • foods that are anti-inflamamtory
  • omega 3 oils in heart health
  • fish oils in psoriasis
  • and many more…
  • There is an adage “you are what you eat” and although for some people their symptoms and illnesses can be overcome by changes to diet and lifestyle, for others it is the combination of these with herbs which address the way that their bodies are functioning incorrectly that can lead to achieving good health.

    Please Note: Although a herbalist is trained to help people deal with a range of the emotional issues relating to a persons wellbeing they are not a trained counsellor and where appropriate they may suggest that a counsellor may be appropriate.

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