Life & Style Weekend - - YOU - Please con­tact An­gela Jenk­ins at an­[email protected] if you’re in­ter­ested in chang­ing your life­style to im­prove your health. WORDS: AN­GELA JENK­INS .......................

“I never need to go to the doctor”

“The last time I went to the doctor was years ago?”

“I never get sick”

Does this sound like you?

While it is great that you may not get sick, there can be a mis­con­cep­tion that this means you are healthy. “Well it does, I’m not sick” I hear you say. There is some truth in what you’re say­ing, but sick­ness and ill­ness are just the vis­i­ble tip of the ice­berg.

When you are sick, it’s is a sign that there are sig­nif­i­cant im­bal­ances, stress and dys­func­tion in the body that you’re show­ing sick­ness symp­toms. These im­bal­ances and dys­func­tion can be around for a long time and while you may not feel sick, these im­bal­ances pre­vent you from feel­ing as healthy as you could be.

Let’s make this point very clear – symp­toms are NOT nor­mal. We are meant to be well. As we get a few years older peo­ple can of­ten fall into the trap of ac­cept­ing symp­toms as nor­mal. The few aches and pains in the morn­ing, feel­ing a bit flat, the bloat­ing, the few ex­tras ki­los is just what hap­pens when we age. We would ar­gue that it doesn’t have to be like that.

We res­onate with the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion def­i­ni­tion of health

“A state of com­plete phys­i­cal, men­tal, and so­cial well-be­ing and not merely the ab­sence of disease or in­fir­mity.”

It’s more than just avoid­ing sick­ness. We work with our clients to­wards op­ti­mal func­tion and well­ness. We like to take a holis­tic ap­proach to not only work­ing with your body but work­ing with you as a hu­man be­ing.

Rather than tak­ing band-aid ap­proaches like anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries, caf­feine and antacids, we be­lieve in look­ing at what is caus­ing the symp­tom and us­ing life­style medicine. Sore stom­achs are not caused by a lack of antacids. High blood pres­sure is not caused by a lack of hy­per­ten­sion med­i­ca­tion.

We look at the whole ice­berg, not just the tip. We look at what is caus­ing the stress on your sys­tem, what is driv­ing the im­bal­ances and caus­ing the symp­toms, and then we can look to re­store func­tion.

How healthy can you be?

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