One of the main reasons for the horrendous amounts of preventable diseases that plague us today is the lack of a holistic approach to healthy living. Medical personnel only talk about ‘healthy’ lifestyles when something has already happened, and parents (arguably those with the most influence on their children’s lives at first) subscribe to many different views on health and development that focus on narrow areas, without considering a holistic approach to health. Healthy living isn’t just about preventing diseases; it is also about treating them, and treatments should also consider every aspect of an individual’s life before medication is prescribed. Here are some ways you can start to make changes to live your life in a holistically healthy way:
Holistic Medical Treatments
Do not ignore the warning signs of a serious medical condition if it becomes apparent just because you lead a ‘healthy’ life. Go see a doctor but also remember to make the treatment holistic by supplementing the pills and syrups with an appropriate diet, proper exercise and a calming environment in which to heal. For instance, holistic therapy for multiple sclerosis (which is an autoimmune disease) involves massage therapy, organic diets, and even medical marijuana to help lower stress levels and prevent spasms.
Other forms of holistic therapy for multiple sclerosis include neuro-linguistic program and meditation to help cope with the physical and psychological effects of the disease.
Monitor Your Food and Exercise
This is a mantra repeated on every health website. Eat clean. Exercise. Don’t diet unnecessarily. Drink plenty of water. When shopping for groceries stock up on whole grains and avoid processed cereal. It may take more time to prepare, but the benefits outweigh the bother. Try to eat fruits and vegetables as fresh as possible, so smothering your salad in heavy mayo is not the way to do it. As for exercise, you don’t have to hit the gym 5 times a week, but incorporating small exercise routines into your day will be very helpful. Take the stairs not the elevator; do 5-10 sit ups every morning as you get out of bed; dance a few times a week; and walk or cycle as much as possible.
Boost Your Immune System
If you pop a pill for every little cold, cough and flu you get since childhood, your immune system will learn to coast along and not really get accustomed to defending your body properly, which means it will crash at the first sign of a serious illness. Eat a lot of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons for Vitamin C; it helps beat coughs and colds. Eat a piece of ginger, or take a shot of ginger juice (all natural one) every day so that it kills all germs and bacteria before they have a chance of taking root. Incorporate spices like chilli, cinnamon, coriander and others into your home-cooked meals as they have natural immune-boosting properties. A teaspoon of bees’ honey every morning has also known to boost the immunity and metabolism systems.