Modern-day western medicine has brought many options of lifesaving measures. However, one of the pitfalls of western medicine is it represents a very cookie-cutter approach to health. This can translate to everyone’s health is treated the same based on symptomology and diagnosis of a disease state, instead of looking at a person as a whole.
What is Holistic Health?
Holistic health or holistic healing is often defined as healing that looks at the whole person: emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual. This kind of holistic healing usually involves multiple complementary medicines and alternative healthcare practices that can and do overlap with modern-day western medicine but will go beyond the singular treatment of symptoms to support more than just the body or just a person’s mental state.
Some alternative healthcare practices that often are found within the realm of holistic health are:
- Energy work (reiki)
- Physical therapy
- Holistic nutrition
When all these complementary therapies come together for holistic healing, a person is more likely to experience wellness more profoundly, allowing for a more joyful and genuinely healthy way of living.
The Importance of Holistic Health for You!
While people live longer today, they also are experiencing chronically high levels of stress and fatigue, consume nutrient-depleted foods, and are exposed to hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals through our air, water, cleaning, and personal care products daily. Saying that holistic health is important for you would be an understatement.
For many living with chronic disease and undiagnosable symptoms, the modern-day healthcare industry has failed them, and it is time that a more holistic, whole-body-mind solution becomes a standard part of the way we treat and support the health of the billions of people living on this planet.
Holistic health also considers the many external and environmental factors that could support or impact our overall health and wellness today and in the future.
5 Areas of Holistic Health for You:
Physical, Social, Spiritual, Mental, and Emotional
When it comes to holistic health, we are looking beyond the physical body and are addressing physical, social, spiritual, mental, and emotional health. All 5 areas enable a person to truly live each day in the healthiest, happiest way possible, and if one area is compromised, most likely other areas will be as well.
Our physical health is what most people think about when they think of health. This is mostly because the physical body often shows us physical signs and symptoms of either optimal or sub-optimal health. These physical signs and symptoms are also easier to track and measure versus non-physical signs and symptoms that can feel more abstract.
Ways to benefit your physical well-being:
- Sleep for 7 hours each night. This will allow your body to truly rest and repair from the day.
- Eat a nutrient-dense diet that is high in plant-based foods and organic/pastured animal products.
- Maintain a balanced blood sugar by eating meals and snacks that contain fat, carbohydrates, and protein every 3-4 hours.
- Move your body for 20 minutes each day. While every person’s exercise routine will be different, everyone can benefit from at least 20 minutes of movement each day.
- Limit processed foods and hydrogenated oils, which are highly inflammatory and can increase the risk of chronic disease.
- Do not smoke and avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
Research has shown that the happiest people on earth have deep connections with their friends, family, and community. This is often why religion relates to happiness, as it can provide a deep sense of community and support, no matter what faith a person chooses.
Ways that you can support your social well-being:
- Make time for an in-person connection. While technology has allowed us to feel connected more, research has shown that virtual connection still does not provide us with the same level of happiness as the in-person connection does.
- Get involved in your local community. Whether through your church, synagogue, mosque, or local volunteer organizations, clubs, or programs at your kid’s school, getting involved in your local community is one of the best ways to support your social health and improve happiness.
Spiritual wellness does not mean that you need to become religious. Actually, it means, that your spiritual health should focus on connecting with your inner soul and the greater world around you.
Ways you can support your spiritual health:
- Spend time in nature
- Spend a few minutes each day meditating
Mental & Emotional
Mental health often overlaps with our emotional and physical health. The big distinction between our mental and emotional health is that while our emotional health refers mainly to our daily mood and emotions, mental health refers to our cognitive abilities that affect our brain functions.
Ways that you can support your mental and emotional health:
- Always keep your mind active by seeking out learning opportunities and problem-solving practices that challenge your brain.
- Consume nutrient-dense foods high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids to help reduce overall inflammation and support cognitive function.
- Avoid excessive drinking, smoking, and consuming recreational drugs.
- Improve gut health with gut-healing foods like prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods. Since the brain is directly connected to the gut, a healthy gut is essential for a healthy mind.
Here’s some healthy food for thought; do you know enough about holistic health to embrace caring for the whole of you? If we’ve piqued your interest, and want more information, book a 15-minute conversation with our Holistic Wellness WrxExpert at WrxConcerge, ask some questions, find out more on how you can bring more holistic practice into your well-being.
Rose A. Weinberg, Co-Founder, President, Chief Wellness Officer at WellnessWrx, Author, Speaker, Registered Homeopath, Holistic Nutritionist, Reiki Master~Educator, Founder of The feelgood Company. I love my family, home, martial arts, being playful, and feeling good! Full-filled Wife~Mom~Bubi~DogMom~DogBubi!