The 10 most important things to do for good health:

  1. drink water – I know you are thinking yeah yeah, I know that – but do you do it??? There is more information in this info sheet about Hydration, but basically you need to drink about 4 pints of good quality water or herbal teas a day – regular tea and fruit teas are also ok.
  2. Have a purpose in life – it makes a huge difference to our state of mind if we feel satisfied in our work, but that work can be anything at all that makes us feel useful. It may be collecting stamps or volunteering to collect rubbish, but we all need a focus in life to stay in balance.
  3. Use healthy medicine – conventional medicines are toxic and cause side effects. Worse than that, very few actually cure and if you look after your body, most will not be needed. Medicines used in naturopathy likeHomeopathy and Herbs are very effective and work with your body to bring you back to a healthy state. We are not saying to stop conventional medicines if you are already taking them, but we hope you will need less and then eventually not need them at all, as you work through your recovery programme.
  4. State of mind – NTA is all about tools and ways to find a positive state of mind. There is huge amounts of evidence now to show how important our thoughts are to what is physically happening in our bodies, as well as how we experience the outside world.
  5. Limit exposure to EMFs – this is a new threat to health and we are only starting to learn about the potential harm it can cause. Electrical devices emit electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) and this along with the WIFI and mobile phone signals that we are constantly surrounded by, are being linked with headaches, sleep problems, tiredness, joint problems and poor immunity. There is lots more information and advice in the Electro-smog information sheet.
  1. Eat well – there is lots of information about diet in each module, but also look at the Guidelines for eating well info sheet. Just to make sure you are getting the basics right.
  • Avoid poisons – sounds obvious doesn’t it, but we are exposed to so many poisons that we can’t possibly avoid them all. Stay away from those that you can and reduce exposure to the rest as much as you can.The ones in italics are the biggest problems in our opinion:
  • Aluminium – in deodorants, vaccines and cookware.
  • Chemicals in foods – artificial sweeteners, trans fats, pesticides, hormones in meat / dairy / fish, charred foods and pesticides – some people’s food intolerances may actually be a reaction to what the food has been sprayed with.
  • Antimony – in non-stick cookware, fire retardant furniture and stain resistant clothes.
  • Chemicals in beauty products – dark hair dyes are the worst of the beauty chemicals.
  • Chlorine – tap water, bleach, washed salads, swimming pools.
  • Dry cleaning fluids – the chemical used is very toxic and thought to be carcinogenic.
    General cleaning products – the most toxic chemicals in our homes are cleaning products. Environmental chemicals like exhaust fumes and insecticides – google roundup / glyphosphate Fluoride – especially if it’s in your tap water.
  • Mercury – in silver dental fillings mostly, also in some fish and vaccines.
  • Microwaves – use radio-waves to cook food which is a form of EMF and destroys the nutrients.
  • Moulds – toxins released by fungus and mold – can be a problem in damp or humid buildings.
  • Smoking – more than 7000 chemicals are generated when a cigarette burns and it takes huge amounts of nutrients to deal with these toxic chemicals. For example you need 200 times the recommended amount of Vitamin C to compensate for one cigarette.
  • Vaccines – vaccine toxicity is a very emotive issue but Naturopaths like us believe its a significant problem – Dr Jayne Donegan’s website gives good information.
  • There is more detail about toxins and how to clear them in the detox modules.
  1. Sleep well – read the sleep module if you need help wit this but no body process can work properly if you haven’t had the right amount and type of sleep.
  2. Exercise – there are so many different opinions about how much exercise we need, but everyone agrees that we all need to regularly do something that’s within our capabilities. Try to find something that you enjoy and can sustain. A half an hour walk every day, or stretching exercises in your chair to some fun music might be all you can manage and all you actually need. Something more energetic like biking, swimming or exercises at a gym 2-3 times a week is a good target for most people. Spending time outdoors is also good for wellness.

10. Have fun – is life worth living otherwise? Whatever your challenges find a way to laugh as often as possible.

Sonia O’Donnell for NTA 2017