We’ve hit the midpoint of the year. Winter used to be a quieter time, with an opportunity to catch up on rest through the long nights. Instead, you might be run ragged by school holidays, travelling in record heatwaves or racked by a seasonal lurgy.
Sometimes it requires planning to reclaim some time to pause and reflect. Even if it’s just a once a week, these peaceful moments or early nights add to our resilience.
Welcome to all the new clients who have recently sought naturopathic support. I’m a ‘general practice’ style herbalist and naturopath, in business since 1991. I see a wide variety of people with anything from recurrent infections to eczema but have a special interest in menopause and cancer (support and recovery from conventional treatment).
The cold and flu edit
Have you recently had a cold? How many respiratory infections a year is “normal” and is there anything you can do to reduce them? The 2023 cold and flu edit includes the latest evidence-based medicine for prevention, as well as some favourite home remedies to ease your discomfort.
According to the new guidelines:
- Consuming no drinks per week has benefits, such as better health and better sleep, and it’s the only safe option during pregnancy.
- Consuming one or two standard drinks weekly will likely not have alcohol-related consequences.
- Three to six drinks raise the risk of developing breast, colon, and other cancers.
- Seven or more increase the risk of heart disease or stroke.
- Each additional drink “radically increases” the risk of these health consequences.
Taking a break from booze is another way to pause and reflect. This can kick start returning to the gym and other healthy habits, as well as improving sleep and easing menopausal symptoms. If you’re looking for some refreshing alternatives, take a look at the booze free drinks collection.
On a personal note
At the midpoint in the year, I’m reflecting on my “why” and values, and exploring how they inform my work as a naturopath, mentor and as consumer in research.
As part of this process, after taking a break from the news, I turned my attention to interacting with social media more mindfully. While I usually enjoy sharing on Instagram and Facebook, sometimes updates become a nagging “should”..
It was interesting to observe how often I think about posting on social media, the urge to scroll when bored and how it makes me feel when I do that. While I had a nice break from posting and scrolling, I have to admit Threads came along and ruined it! How have you found this new platform?
I hope you can find some time for calm and stillness as we journey through winter. If your struggling with your health, I’m here to help.