What is meant by an “unbalanced terrain”?

The term “terrain” was first used by the French physiologist Claude Bernard in the 19th century, who used the term for the body’s internal environment. He understood that since the body is mostly water, the terrain of the body is essentially an aqueous medium, which included the blood, lymph and the fluids inside (intracellular) and between (extracellular) the cells.

The state of the terrain is determined by four factors, namely: its acid/alkaline balance; its electric/magnetic charge; its level of poisoning and its nutritional status (including oxygenation).

The condition of the terrain is absolutely central to the balance between health and disease. We can easily understand the notion that unhealthy soil will yield unhealthy, disease ridden plants, while healthy soil will produce strong, healthy plants.

The same concept applies when we look at the terrain of the body: if it is balanced it will promote health and if it is unbalanced it will lead to disease.

An unbalanced terrain disrupts the normal functions of the body: the immune system is less active. Enzymes, hormones and other chemical messengers do not function properly. The elimination of toxins is less effective. Prostaglandins and other pro-inflammation chemicals accumulate and digestion becomes inadequate. 

Our bodies are programmed to maintain balance and health through the many mechanisms it has to work towards being well, its natural state.  However it will eventually fail when the level of disruption reaches a tipping point, especially when there is a lack of proper nutrition.
Getting a nutritious diet is so important to healthy living. Eating food-like-substances as I describe food on supermarket isles, manufactured by mass production and shortened cooking processes, leads to malnutrition even when there appears to be plenty.

This is when a variety of symptoms may begin, such as headaches, recurring infections, skin problems, tiredness upon waking, depression and anxiety depending on our individual susceptibility, types of toxins and deficiencies.

Most people then turn to chemical drugs to suppress the symptoms, like painkillers to numb the pain, cortisone creams, antihistamines, antibiotics, etc. These unnatural measures only fuel the fire by aggravating the levels of toxicity, acidity and the degree of disruption of normal functions. It’s a temporary relief, the quick fix we have come to expect after anti-biotics led the way, but what is happening is a worsening of the underlying imbalances that led to the development of the symptoms in the first place.

A large part of any natural treatment protocol for any given condition is focused on correcting the imbalances of the terrain. Naturopaths maintain that if the terrain is healthy, the rest of the body will be healthy and resistant to disease and infection. A strong immunity is key to health, happiness and longevity.

If this sounds like you, get in touch and we can talk about how to move your health into a better place/p>