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Holistic Health - Keeping Young

  • Published: 2009-01-16 (Revised/Updated 2014-02-05) : Author: Nina Schnipper
  • Synopsis: When we practice holistic health we treat the whole body as one unit as the human body is an amazing organism.

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"It is easy to get hooked on a favorite type of exercise, like yoga or swimming or weight-lifting. But our bodies need all three components of fitness to stay well."

When we practice holistic health, we treat the whole body as one unit. Indeed, the human body is an amazing organism. And human beings embody the expression "'the whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

When we build our health on the fundamentals of holistic health, we can:

A holistic approach can be practiced within these few foundational elements: Nutrition, Exercise, Lifestyle and Medicine.

Holistic Nutrition.

When we eat, we should choose foods that nourish our whole bodies. This means that we want to select foods from a variety of food groups. We want to nourish ourselves with wholesome foods, and minimize our consumption of unhealthy foods. We want to avoid eating the same food groups often, and cook with fruits and vegetables that are in season.

When our bodies are sick, or we feel run-down, we can use herbs and foods that nourish all of our body's systems. When we are ill, our whole body is affected. So, by choosing holistic nourishment, we will recover more quickly.

Holistic Exercise.

To provide our whole body with the therapeutic effects of exercise, we should keep our exercise holistic. We need to practice cardiovascular conditioning, strength-training, and stretching.

It is easy to get hooked on a favorite type of exercise, like yoga or swimming or weight-lifting. But our bodies need all three components of fitness to stay well.

With cardio, strengthening and stretching, we nourish our entire bodies with the benefits of exercise.

Holistic Lifestyle.

Living this way requires a mindset. We naturally seek healthy activities. We participate in sports, recreation, and movement. We crave nutritious foods and fresh-picked produce.

It may require work to achieve this natural way-of-thinking, but it can become habit-forming. When 'who you are' is defined by healthy choices, this is a healthy lifestyle.

Holistic Medicine.

Your body will heal faster with holistic therapies. This entails seeking natural health providers who evaluate all of your body's systems when illness symptoms arise. Yes, your leg cramps might be related to your indigestion. And your sinus congestion might correspond to your stiff joints, or to your family stresses, or to your insomnia.

Holistic health providers will treat your whole body. They may offer remedies that ease the symptoms for one system, like muscles or digestion or skin. But they will consider how all systems are affected by illness and injury.

Our bodies love when we live with a holistic approach!

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