If you were thinking that “Baobab Health” is a weird name for a health and nutrition website, here are 4 reasons why I decided to name my website after an amazing African tree!
1) For those of you who don’t know, a Baobab is a type of tree. The majestic baobab tree is an icon of the African continent and lies at the heart of many traditional African remedies and folklore. They can live for up to 5,000 years, reach up to 30 metres high and up to an enormous 50 metres in circumference.
I have a personal connection to the Baobab, which is one of the first reasons as to why I wanted my health business to be named after this tree. I was born in South Africa and some of my best memories are based around my experiences in the African bush on family holidays, where I saw many Baobabs. Also, Rafiki from the Lion King lives in a Baobab and that was my favourite childhood film.
2) The Baobab is a prehistoric species, which predates mankind. It is native to the African savannah where the climate is extremely dry and arid, it is a symbol of life and positivity in a landscape where little else can thrive. Over time, the Baobab has adapted to its environment. It is a succulent, which means that during the rainy season it absorbs and stores water in its huge trunk, enabling it to produce a nutrient dense fruit in the dry season when all around is dry and arid. This is how it became known as “The Tree of Life”.
The Baobab is a robust tree and has adapted in ways to thrive in areas of Africa for thousands of years, where little else can even survive. The Baobab can act as a metaphor for the way we should approach our health.
Health is about being robust and anti-fragile. Health is about giving your body all the right resources to withstand any stressor that life may throw at it. I hope to help my clients regain their health and become robust like the iconic Baobab.
3) Baobab trees also provide shelter, food, water and valuable resources for both animals and humans, which is why many savannah communities have made their homes near Baobab trees. Like the Baobab, if we are mentally and physically robust in our health and can thrive in any conditions, we can then provide for those we love the most.
4) Interestingly, the fruit of the Baobab contains extremely high amounts of fibre that can help support a healthy digestive system and our gut bacteria. More research is starting to highlight how important the composition of these gut bugs are to our overall health, therefore the Baobab can be seen as a representation of the factors that are central to our health. I also have a personal interest in how gut health relates to our overall health.
Now do you understand? Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy reading more of my content on various health and nutrition topics.