8 Most Common Health Tips

8 Most Common Health Tips - The Gut Clinic Sara Knight Naturopath Newcastle Herbalist

There are certain pieces of advice that I give to many of my clients. These are the areas that come up time and time again so I thought I would share these with you so you too can start taking steps to better your health. Or take these as reminders to get you back on track.

Here are my 8 most common health tips that I give to my clients:

  1. Make yourself a priority! Yep, I know you are busy – you have a demanding job, kids activities, a house to look after, family and friends to spend time with. The list is long and these are important. You still need to put yourself first and look after you. Make the time!
  2. Eat regularly. Skipping breakfast, having coffee for lunch are not helping you. These short-term gains in time are at the expense of your health in the long run. Skipping meals means that you are stressing your body (linked to weight gain, poor sleep and some mood disorders) and you are not getting the nutrients you need to think clearly and keep moving.
  3. Quality sleep is normal. Struggling to fall asleep, awake between 2 and 4am and waking up exhausted are not normal. You do not, and should not, have to accept these. Instead, look to improve your routine and eating habits so sleep once again becomes a welcome and rejuvenating break instead of another form of stress.
  4. You must eat protein and fat. These nutrients provide sustained energy, build muscle, support your brain and its many activities, as well as assist in digestion to name a few of the many actions in your body.  I am a big fan of The Plate Method (blog coming soon) where each meal should have 1/4 carbohydrates, 1/4 protein and fats and 1/2 vegetables. Plus two serves of dairy and fruit daily. Try this at each meal.
  5. Drink water and lots of it. It can be in the form of straight water or herbal teas (cinnamon tea is my new favourite!) Aim for 2 litres a day. Drinking water helps to rid the body of toxins, create healthy skin, and have clear and focused thoughts (ie no brain fog.)  Also, for every cup of black coffee or tea, you should be having two equivalent cups of water to offset the diuretic effects of these drinks.
  6. Question your stimulant use. By this I mean, why do you always need two coffees to get out of bed? Why do you need a diet coke at 3pm, but only when at work? I often tell my clients enjoy your coffee – one or two a day is fine. But look at why you need it and when you need it to see if a pattern (or maybe a habit) exists. This pattern may be an indication of another issue, such as poor sleep or blood sugar imbalance.
  7. Get outside! I love to tell my clients to get outside – to play, to exercise, to relax. Sunlight and being in nature (whatever form) are linked to improved mood and immunity.
  8. You are doing awesome! I believe that everyone is on a health journey – the journey sometimes means small steps other time giant leaps, And at times tangents. But that is your journey. And when you are sitting in my office you taking a step towards better health. I celebrate that and encourage you to as well!

Okay a bonus one – ask for help! From a friend to pick up your kids from their activities. The kids to put away their own laundry. Your partner to make dinner. Maybe it won’t be done perfectly but getting others involved can give you time for other things – like taking care of you.

The above tips are just the beginning. How each of these tips applies to you and how best to implement positive action is where I come in. I am here to support you in making changes to improve your health. In addition to the above, I have herbs, nutrition, food and lifestyle tools to help you. Give me a call to get started!