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Heal thyself, says Valerie Warren

Valerie Warren believes that eating a healthful diet and exercising do more for a person than simply make them look and feel better.

Valerie Warren believes that eating a healthful diet and exercising do more for a person than simply make them look and feel better.

It also helps them heal.

Warren, the owner of Heirloom Health LLC, said her passion is teaching people how to live healthier, fuller lives.

'I educate everyone I come in contact with about foods they eat and how they affect their bodies,' said Warren, who lives with her husband, Allen, in a historic 21-room house in Old Town. The couple moved to Forest Grove in 1997 to raise their three boys and begin a home restoration project that continues to this day.

Warren said her job is to balance her clients' body chemistry by showing them how to heal themselves through alteration of their diets and incorporating exercise into their daily routines.

'I love showing my clients that everyone can feel better at any age,' Warren noted. 'Age is just a number. There are no symptoms to go along with age.

'Life is not about feeling sicker as you grow older, and it does matter what you eat.'

She's not shy about insisting that, if they wish, her clients can be 'as dedicated to their health as I am.' She stays physically fit with daily running, weight training, pushups, Nia and yoga.

To keep in touch with the constant changes in the health field, Warren takes about 70 hours of continuing education classes each year. She recently read 'Pottenger's Prophecy,' a book about how food resets genes for wellness or illness, by Gray Graham, Deborah Kesten and Larry Scherwitz.