If you are hesitant about seeing a naturopath for the first time, you are not alone. Sometimes it can seem a bit scary. You might feel like you’re not properly prepared. Or perhaps you are unsure what a naturopath actually does. Embarking on a new path of seeking out health advice from a naturopath can feel pretty unfamiliar. So it’s good to ask: when should I see a Naturopath.
What a Naturopath Does
To get you a little bit more familiar with the role of a Naturopath, it’s good to understand what we do. In comparison to conventional medicine practices, a Naturopath will look at your WHOLE health; this will incorporate your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Rather than prescribing to relieve symptoms only, a Naturopath will prescribe to treat the original causative factors to illness or dis-ease.
A naturopath will often draw on several different modalities to guide a person’s health back to balance. This may include advice with food and nutrition, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, vibrational remedies and lifestyle suggestions. A naturopath will work to encourage your body’s own natural healing mechanisms, using natural remedies to trigger a response with self-healing.
As you can imagine, seeing a naturopath is a bit more involved than your quick appointment with your GP. We tend to take a lot more time getting to know you, your health history and everything that is going on for you.
So, I can understand that seeing a naturopath can seem pretty involved, if you are feeling a bit scared or overwhelmed. Read my article “Five Reasons Why Seeing a Naturopath is Scary (& How to Overcome these Fears)” for a little more insight into working through these common feelings.
The Best Time to See a Naturopath
Anyway, so let’s get back to the original question, When should you see a naturopath?
I have to say that the easiest answer to this question, is: NOW.
The long answer comes from the understanding that our health is ever-evolving. Every little thing that we do and think about on a daily basis, contributes to our health. Yeah, think about that. Everything!
Even the things that you do when no one else is around, contribute to your wellbeing. Everything from what you eat, to what you think and how you approach your life, makes up who you are today. If you identify yourself as a coffee addict or a stress head, then, that is what you will create in your life and your future health will be affected by this.
So, as you can imagine, as we get older these things accumulate, and our health starts to wear down, we start noticing our body changing and begin thinking ‘how did this happen?’. While certain health symptoms might seem like they appeared overnight, they often take a long time to develop and that year in your twenties when you only ate cheeseburgers might eventually catch up with you.
Turning the Ship Around
I guess you can see where I’m going with this.
The earlier you start addressing your health from a whole perspective, the sooner you can prevent any long term health conditions.
If you are already there, experiencing the symptoms, diagnosed with some health condition and wondering where to go next. Yes, a Naturopath will be able to help, but you also need to understand, that the earlier you get in and work on your health, I mean really take responsibility for your health, the easier it will be for you in the long run.
Ok, so seeing a Naturopath is a bit of a commitment. I get it. You will have to talk about your habits, your diet, your secret midnight binge eating episodes and your poops, and that can be challenging. But if you can get in early and work out those things that are contributing to your wellbeing, you can work towards ‘turning the ship around’ on your health.
When you realise that you are the one who is the captain of your (health) ship and you are the only one who can turn it around, then it becomes easier to ask for advice and start moving in the direction of better health and vitality.
Where to from here?
The first thing I want you to do is download my free ebook: “The Ultimate Guide to Inspired Vitality: 4 Key Foundations to Optimising Your Energy”
This has some great information on how to get started with your health. It’s free and you can read it now.
The second thing I want you to do is book in for your first naturopathic appointment. The link below will take you straight through to the booking page.
Here, you can view my appointment calendar and schedule a time to start working on your health.
The best time to do it is NOW.
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