Hi Kyra, we're so excited to chat with you today! Could you briefly introduce yourself to our community?
Hi Lea! So nice to receive your invitation! My name is Kyra and I have been a licensed naturopath for almost 20 years now, specializing in holistic nutrition and regenerative health. I live with my husband and two young daughters in the Netherlands but I was born and partially raised in Curacao, an island off the coast of Venezuela. I spent my formative years playing outdoors, under the Caribbean sky, where I was brought up in what we now call a 'climate-neutral home' on a huge plot of land. That powerful combination of nature, simplicity, and (self-) sufficiency have since proven to play a leading role in my life.
You're a certified naturopath. For those who don't know, can you explain what a naturopath does?
A naturopath is a health care professional who uses an integrative perspective to health and wellbeing. A naturopath treats each person as a unique individual by addressing all aspects of life: the physical, the emotional, the spiritual, the environmental, the lifestyle, and the attitudinal. By doing this we can uncover and treat the root cause of the health challenge.
The essence of naturopathy is that every body has the innate wisdom to heal itself. This incredible regenerative ability is not only visible in us, but in all of nature. In a similar way, when our body is out of balance, disease and complaints may occur. The state of our internal terrain matters. This is why one person gets sick when in contact with germs and another, who has had the exact same contact, does not. As a naturopath, it is my mission and priority to help my clients align with (their) nature, aid and inspire this unique process of regeneration, help optimize the state of their bodily terrain and facilitate a multi-levelled and sovereign way of healing and wellbeing.
This sounds incredible. How did your journey as a naturopath start?
I must have been about 8 years old when I said ‘when I grow up I want to be an herbal doctor.’ As a child, the wilderness and the outdoors were my happy place. I used to go out and forage for medicinal herbs and edible flowers. I knew their Latin as well as their Dutch names. I made tinctures, salves, and healing oils from them. After high school, I traveled to Australia for my gap year. When I was in the Blue Mountains I heard the word ‘naturopathic medicine’ for the first time. The description of naturopathic medicine exactly matched my idea of a ‘herbal doctor’ so I researched whether or not the Netherlands had any naturopathic colleges. There were a few so at age 18, straight upon returning from Australia, I started my education.
This is who I am and why I am here on Earth. This above described notion has been part of me always. It is safe to say it influences every fiber of my existence. It is my purpose.