At the start of a new year, many of us are thinking about how we can make this year even better than the last. New year’s resolutions focusing on reaching health goals are common, and while getting fitter or losing excess weight is certainly an important part of being healthy, many of us are looking elsewhere when it comes to health goals.

Our practice in 2022 saw an increased proportion of patients struggling with chronic fatigue symptoms, asthma, allergies and intolerances, migraines, and inflammatory conditions. We also noticed an influx of new patients that had struggled to manage health concerns via traditional medicine or were looking for a more natural treatment plan.

We also noticed many of our appointments were centred around non-specific health concerns. In other words, the patient felt that something wasn’t quite right. They were struggling with low energy levels, difficulties concentrating, mood changes, and mild physical symptoms such as pain or gastrointestinal issues, or mild sensitivities. They simply wanted to feel better.

While it may seem like a daunting task, with the right diagnosis, plan, and dedication, you can make big strides in achieving your health goals in the new year.

Step 1: Understand where you are

There are so many elements that can affect our health and how we feel. We can have vitamin, mineral, or amino acid deficiencies. We may be exhibiting an immune response to certain components of foods, environmental triggers, viruses, and bacteria or parasites. There may be hormonal imbalances, inherited factors, and many other issues that wouldn’t show up on a standard blood test.

If you have tried to get answers to explain physical symptoms, your doctor has been unable to identify a cause, and pathology has shown normal ranges, our hair analysis test could provide additional information to help complete the picture.

Step 2: Set realistic health goals

Once you understand where your health is currently, you can create a recovery plan. We can help provide natural treatment options for specific concerns, and you might also like to review other aspects of your lifestyle for a holistic approach to wellness.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. How can you incorporate more movement into your day? Could you walk more, try yoga or tai chi, swim, or do some gentle home exercises?
  2. Do you have techniques to help you to relieve stress?
  3. Could your diet be improved? How could you include more fresh whole foods such as fruit and vegetables?
  4. Are you drinking enough water? Is it filtered?
  5. Are there any unhealthy habits that would be beneficial to reduce or eliminate?
  6. How much caffeine or alcohol are you consuming?
  7. How much unhealthy processed food are you eating?
  8. What tools or resources do you have to help you succeed in reaching your health goals? This could be healthy recipes, meditation or workout apps, exercise equipment, gardening equipment, supplements, time, or your support network.

Taking a look at your health habits can help complement natural therapies in optimising how well you feel. One important step is to set realistic goals for yourself. Don’t aim too high. Break down your desired outcome into smaller steps, such as aiming to exercise three times per week or walking every morning before work. Smaller milestones can help keep you motivated and focused.

Step 3: Track your progress

Keeping a health journal can help you to track your progress. This can be done on paper, or by using an app on your phone. You might choose to record your symptoms and their severity. Any aggravating factors such as exposure to strong chemicals, poor sleep, or illness. You might track your energy levels, flare-ups, mood, diet, fluids, stress, and exercise as well.

Our memories aren’t always the most accurate sources of information. Being able to reflect on how you felt at the start of your health journey, as well as changes in your lifestyle habits, can help you to see how far you have come and how your efforts have paid off. A health journal can also help you pinpoint what is triggering your symptoms.

Summary

So in summary, by understanding your current health state, setting realistic goals and tracking your progress, you can take charge of your energy levels in the new year. We are here to provide guidance and support on your journey towards increased energy and better health. Let us help you make an action plan that best suits your needs so that you can start feeling better today!

We offer phone or in-person appointments to follow up and offer treatment options after your hair analysis test. Barbara Saker is a naturopath with over 30 years of experience, who can help to tailor an individualised plan to relieve symptoms and treat the cause of disease. Cameron Saker is a qualified Homeopath and Herbalist offering single remedy medicines, who is also available for weekend appointments.

The best way to start your journey is to order a hair analysis test here

Included in your Hair Analysis is a complimentary follow up call with Barbara where she can help explain the report findings and answer any questions or concerns you might have.

You can also book an appointment here with either Cameron or Barbara at a time convenient for you.

We hope that all of our past, present, and future patients have a wonderful 2023, and offer our best wishes for reaching health goals and improving wellness and quality of life as the year progresses.