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  • Joy Stevens ND

Start with the Foundations for Better Health

Many patients wonder why all the emphasis on the foundations of health when they see a naturopath. They think "I'm sick and I just want to get better, so give me the cure dagnabbit! I don't have the time to do all that other stuff you're asking of me." What they don't initially understand is that the foundations are part of the cure.

Just as you can't build your new home on a poor foundation and expect the house to stand straight and tall for years, you can't expect to have good health without establishing the foundations of health.

So what are the foundations of health?

  • Clean water

  • Clean air

  • Healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables

  • Exercise

  • Adequate sleep

  • Avoiding environmental toxins

  • Spiritual connection

  • Community connection

  • Joy and happiness

  • Hope

Establishing good habits with these foundations will provide your body with the support it needs to heal and thrive. It usually takes about three months to firmly establish a new habit, so be gentle on yourself. It likely won't happen overnight and there are bound to be setbacks along the way. What is important is that you continue to make progress in the right direction.

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