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Meeting with Lisa Nguyen, naturopath

Since the creation of Yodi, Hélène Azancot has enjoyed building relationships with wellness experts who share the same values of transparency, cleanliness, naturalness and sustainability.

In order to share these exchanges with as many people as possible, she wanted to organize events in the Yodi boutique at 27 avenue Victor Hugo in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and to highlight these inspiring people.

These experts come from different backgrounds: naturopath, author, designer, interior decorator... but they all have in common the desire to make things evolve towards a healthier future.

Today, Hélène met Lisa Nguyen.

Can you introduce yourself? 

My name is Lisa Nguyen, I am 35 years old, I am a naturopath, trained at the Institut Supérieur de la Naturopathie and certified by the Fédération française des écoles de naturopathie since 2019, specialized in wellness massages and health speaker.

I work in my office in Paris in the 16th district, also in hotels in Paris or at the Maison Bien Être with Holissence.

I also intervene in companies for conferences and playful and practical workshops to raise awareness among employees on the themes of stress management, sleep or nutrition.

How did you discover this practice?

I am an activist involved for many years with associations on health and environment issues.

I am very involved in associations for causes that are close to my heart (helping the homeless, fighting against food waste, environmental issues). 

I did volunteer work for the Goodplanet foundation and for Générations Cobayes (an association raising awareness about endocrine disruptors for 18-35 year olds).

Sharing, transmitting on subjects related to health, food and the environment make me vibrate every day.

And it is through these workshops and different events where I approached the concepts of healthy food, aromatherapy, phytotherapy that I discovered the profession of naturopath.

What are the principles of naturopathy? 

Naturopathy aims at preserving and optimizing the overall health (physical, energetic and emotional) of the individual as well as helping the body to regenerate itself through natural means (dietary advice, stress management, physical and respiratory activities, aromatherapy, phytotherapy, massages). 

What is the objective of a vitality assessment? To measure your state of health by taking stock of your body's strengths and weaknesses. 

During this 1h30 vitality assessment, I observe your morphology with a study of the shapes and proportions of the body, face, hands... 

Then I proceed to the anamnesis, a precise and complete questioning about your family history, your eating habits, your sleep, your lifestyle. 

Thanks to these observations and questions, I establish a vital hygiene program tailored to your daily life. 

All you have to do is put these simple tips into practice and your health and well-being will quickly improve.

The vitality assessment allows you to improve your lifestyle, strengthen your immune system or to find the causes of disorders such as :

- chronic fatigue and/or sleep disorders

- stress

- digestive problems

- joint problems

- painful periods

- hormonal disorders

- accompaniment to natural pregnancy...

As a health educator, the naturopath focuses on prevention. 

We are health educators. 

Our goal is to train our clients to become self-sufficient in their own health.

Do you have any tips for the change of season?

At the end of the winter and the holidays, disorders appear: bad digestion, chronic fatigue...

Our organisms need to be awakened, to prepare a spring of vitality.

It is the best season to drain the body and lighten it from the excesses of winter. 

We get rid of the small evils and we wake up gently its metabolism.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, the liver is in the spotlight during this season, so if you feel tired, dull, have difficulty digesting, digestive heaviness or nausea in the morning, it is advisable to pamper your liver.

Bitter foods will help the liver work by stimulating the secretion of bile to improve your digestion, so bet on endives, Brussels sprouts, pink radish, black radish, artichokes.

Drink milk thistle tea, both for its digestive action and to protect our liver cells.

The hot water bottle will be your best friend, to put on your liver in the evening during 20 minutes, because the liver works in an optimal way with heat.

Before embarking on cures or detoxes that may be too strong for our body, we check if we have enough energy, if we have a good regenerative sleep, if we are not cold and if our nails are not soft or brittle. Indeed, these elements indicate that we have sufficient vitality to undertake a cure.

One of the best cures for spring, the fresh birch sap cure. 

Indeed, in nature, this is the time when the sap rises for the birch. Birch sap is harvested between mid-March and mid-April. 

The producers pierce the bark of the tree, insert a pipe and harvest the sap directly.

Make sure that the birch sap is fresh, organic, without preservatives and not pasteurized. 

The sap of birch is beneficial for all. It is suitable for overworked and stressed people as well as for convalescent and sedentary people, for sportsmen in preparation or recovery... 

Cleansing, draining and remineralizing, birch sap is a source of vitality because it is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

It is recommended to drink 250ml per day for 3 weeks.

I also recommend drinking kefir, a drink obtained by fermenting kefir grains naturally rich in probiotics to nourish our intestinal microbiota. 

My favorite brand? Kefir and Me: an artisanal production of water kefir combined with superfoods and 100% organic seasonal fruits.

Both beautiful and good for our body, I consume it regularly in cure.

Spring also means seasonal allergies for some people with its share of symptoms, sneezing, red and irritated eyes, runny nose... how to help yourself with natural tips?

It will be necessary to privilege a rich food:

- in anti-inflammatory and antihistaminic quercetin: onions, garlic, broccoli, apples, citrus fruits

- vitamin C, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine: parsley, kiwi, citrus fruits, peppers, blackcurrant, broccoli

- reduce foods that release histamine such as cold cuts, fermented cheeses, white wine, beer, shellfish, chocolate

- To reduce consumption of dairy products that stimulate mucus production, it is time to discover or opt for alternative milks or creams in the kitchen. 

- regularly clean your nose with Quinton water or a spray such as Stérimar, cornflower floral water to soothe red and irritated eyes.

- In gemmotherapy, the blackcurrant bud is also recommended because its richness in flavonoids allows it to have a natural antihistaminic action. 

It will also help and support your immune system and help against general fatigue.


Do you have anything to add?

It is important to return to a more natural lifestyle.

We tend to neglect our bodies, or not listen to the warning signals (chronic fatigue, digestive problems, recurring migraines, stomach aches, painful periods).

It's our vehicle though, our sacred temple...

There is an Indian proverb that says "Do good to your body so that your soul will want to stay in it."

Sometimes, the illness or the burn out forces the person to ask questions, to question his daily life, his thought pattern, his routine which was not necessarily adapted.

In naturopathy, it is said that the microbe is nothing, the terrain is everything and it is said that it is by making health that we keep away the disease.

This is why taking this time to get to know ourselves is precious, our health has an impact on our private and professional sphere.

To get moving and act locally :) 

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