Welcome to the AJHW community!

I am very happy to finally be writing my first blog post, the commencement of which has been somewhat hindered by involuntary home-schooling duties. I decided some time ago to prioritise my mental health and not put pressure on myself to write this blog, or anything else I didn’t deem “essential”.

I’m sure I speak for the majority of us, in the UK at least, that we all terribly miss the social connections that we had previously taken for granted, the variation in our lives and not to mention the sunshine. I’m feeling further removed from my home country New Zealand than I have ever been, however I’m taking solace in the fact that we’re all in this together. Even if we can’t see each other. This. Will. Pass. Eventually!

As days turn into weeks, into months, and soon to be a year, I really and truly hope that you have managed to stay healthy in body, mind and spirit. Had I not completely revamped my health prior to the national lockdowns, I’m certain I would have “medicated” myself with copious amounts of wine and cheese, both of which I have since learned my body doesn’t react well to – even in small amounts!

My aim is to help as many people as possible in my community be the healthiest and most vibrant version of themselves, regardless of age. Your issue may not necessarily be wine or cheese, so please don’t let that put you off! However, when you work out the root causes of any ailments you may have via functional lab testing – whether it be it a deficiency or toxicity – then you can make steps towards helping rebalance your body. It’s like having your batteries recharged, and although this process is almost never an overnight thing, the journey is so worth it. I can honestly say that I have more energy now than I did in my twenties (I’m in my early forties).

We live in a time where humans are living longer than ever before, however many people, especially in their later years tend to be existing on a cocktail of medications, having been diagnosed with some form of chronic illness. Medicine can be amazing and in many cases lifesaving. But unless you have a very serious illness or indeed a genetic one, chances are that whatever got you to that place, it may be reversed through natural methods – many of which are simple lifestyle changes.

Using the words of Dr Mark Hyman: “we should be focussing our efforts on Healthspan, not Lifespan.” That is, living optimally and fully functional even in our twilight years.

There are several defining moments of my life that have led me to becoming a health coach, one of which is the last time I saw my maternal grandmother before she passed. When I saw her, it had been about 3-4 years since my previous visit as I was living on the other side of the world. She had severe Alzheimer’s, dementia and various other ailments for which she had been heavily medicated for decades. She had deteriorated to a shell of a person and did not recognise who I was. This normally beautiful, cheery and vibrant woman, was spending her final years wasting away in a chair, not being able to do anything for herself.

Seeing her like this had a profound impact on me and I decided subconsciously at that moment that this would not also be my fate.  

I now know that having a healthy gut, a good omega 3 to omega 6 ratio, balanced hormones and optimal mineral levels are crucial to overall good health, not to mention the removal of any heavy metals and other toxicities from our body.  Factors which can all contribute to the onset of dis-eases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Often we are led to believe that a good diet is enough, but for those of us living with chronic stress or habitually fast-paced lives we usually need to look deeper. My grandmother did not have the benefit of any of this knowledge and I know that she would want me to share it far and wide.

I believe that we would all benefit from having a health coach, acupuncturist, personal trainer, chiropractor, massage therapist and many more alongside the medical practitioner in our lives. I am not medically trained and therefore cannot diagnose, treat or cure disease – nor do I wish to, however I do provide lifestyle advice that can help prevent the onset of chronic illness. I can also help find the underlying root causes of any issues and I am more than happy to work alongside any other practitioners you may have in your life. The best strategy is the one that works for you.

Regardless of our age, I think it is vital that we invest in our health as an act of self-love. It’s not only important for ourselves, but our loved ones. Fill your own cup up first so that your loved ones can receive the benefits of your new-found zest for life, energy and vitality.

I hope this message reaches you well. And if not, please contact me, I am always happy to chat. Hearing your success stories is what truly makes me happy.

Love,

Andy

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