Natural health care is such a generic term. The term natural implies that it is not man-made. Health implying our physical as well as mental well-being. Holistic wellness is all inclusive for a healthy balanced life. Natural health is something that has been misinterpreted because sometimes we think that not eating takeaways and always cooking at home is naturally being healthy. Holistic Wellness implies wellness in every aspect, physical as well as mental. Meaning diet and eating habits, mental state of well being and physical exercise.
I want to focus on the word ‘Natural’. Natural means derived from nature. I used to want to date a girl that was ‘natural’. Natural hair, natural figure, because it is something that I can identify, and I know that it is what it is. However, the term ‘natural’ does not always mean ‘safe‘. Unnatural tends to denote lack of understanding of the functionality or relying on its purpose. Regardless whether it’s natural or unnatural, both are more accepted in today’s society. This can be good as well as bad.
Health care is something everything longs for. After the recent pandemic, people are a lot more conscious. Preventable illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and several leading forms of cancer make up a big chunk of the spending of health care, costing billions of euros. Look at the evidence from a 2009 study of 23,153 adults who took part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. Volunteers who followed four areas of good health — they didn’t smoke or get fat; they exercised and ate a healthy diet — were 80% less likely to develop chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Holistic wellness is an approach to being healthy that looks at a person’s health in a holistic way. Nature is organic. Organic beings comprise and integrate with other organisms for self sufficiency. We need to embrace an attitude of holistic wellness, because holistic wellness is imperative to long life and human survival. Many people get themselves a holistic wellness coach to help them identify every aspect that makes up holistic wellness. So getting a professional holistic wellness coach can help with this process.
Their risk of developing type 2 diabetes was 92% lower than the risk of people who shunned the familiar health advice. Their odds of having a heart attack were 81% lower.
So what can we do to be naturally healthy?
Well there are 3 main approaches, which encompasses the concept of holistic wellness.
- 1. What we eat and drink
- 2. What we think
- 3. What we do physically
1. What we eat and drink #Whatweeatanddrink
Veganism is a tend that is growing and growing as awareness of the lack of natural foods that are in our daily diet is more becoming common knowledge. The average person’s diet lacks so much and is limited to what consists on the shelves of the local Tesco or Sainsburys and the respective brands. Not realizing, or even forgetting that there is so much more out there in terms of food and ingredients and natural ingredients.
Convenience is becoming a big unique selling point that many big businesses are starting to cash in on, and it is working. Look at Uber, Deliveroo, Just Eat. Anything that provides convenince is being valued, even at the expense of our health.
Now I am not going to bang on about telling people to not order takeaways. I think the main message to learn is to take more responsibility of our own health, as these big food and takeaway brands will not. Everything starts with knowledge, then action takes place. So here is some knowledge for you to investigate further.
Most herbs have not been completely tested to see how well they work or to see if they interact with other herbs, supplements, medicines, or foods. Products added to herbal preparations may also cause interactions. Be aware that “natural” does not mean “safe.” It’s important to tell your healthcare providers about any herb or dietary supplement you are using.
- Chamomile. (Flower)
- Echinacea. (Leaf, stalk, root) …
- Feverfew. (Leaf) …
- Garlic. (Cloves, root) …
- Ginger. (Root) …
- Gingko. (Leaf) …
- Ginseng. (Root) …
- Goldenseal. (Root, rhizome)
Considered by some to be a cure-all, chamomile is commonly used in the U.S. as ananxiolytic and sedative for anxiety and relaxation. It is used in Europe for wound healing and to reduce inflammation or swelling. But Chamomile is a flower definitely that should be in your diet when it comes to natural health and holistic wellness.
Echinacea (Leaf, stalk, root)
Echinacea is commonly used to treat or prevent colds, flu, and infections, and for wound healing. More than 25 published studies looked at how well Echinacea worked to prevent or shorten the course of a cold, but none were conclusive. Other studies have also shown that long-term use can affect the body’s immune system. It should not be used with medicines that can cause liver problems. There are many articles promoting the use of Echinacea in your diet, so I believe it should be mentioned when talking about natural health and holistic wellness.
Feverfew was traditionally used to treat fevers. It is now commonly used to prevent migraines and treat arthritis. Some research has shown that certain feverfew preparations can prevent migraines. Side effects include mouth ulcers and digestive irritation.
Garlic (Cloves, root)
Garlic is used for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. It has antimicrobial effects. Reports from small, short-term, and poorly described studies show that it may cause small reductions in total and LDL cholesterol. he FDA considers garlic safe. It should not be used with warfarin, because large amounts of garlic may affect clotting. For the same reason, large amounts should not be taken before dental procedures or surgery. Being such a common substance, I believe it should be included when talking about natural health and holistic wellness as it can easily be integrated in our diet.
Ginger is used to ease nausea and motion sickness. Research suggests that ginger can relieve nausea caused by pregnancy or chemotherapy. Another common root that we can take more advantage of in our regular diet to promote natural health and holistic wellness.
Now Ginkgo leaf extract has been used to treat a variety of conditions like asthma, fatigue, bronchitis and tinnitus. Also used to improve memory and prevent dementia and other similar brain disorders. But exactly how Gingko works is not fully understood. Only extract from leaves should be used. Seeds contain ginkgo toxin. This toxin can cause seizures and, in large amounts can cause death.
Ginseng is used as a tonic and aphrodisiac as well as a cure for all. Research is uncertain how well it works, partly because of the difficulty in defining “vitality” and “quality of life.” Side effects are high blood pressure and tachycardia. FDA has approved it to be safe, but shouldn’t be used with warfarin, heparin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, estrogens, corticosteroids, or digoxin.
People with diabetes should not use ginseng.
Goldenseal (Root, rhizome)
Goldenseal is commonly used to treat diarrhea as well as eye and skin irritations. Also as an antiseptic. It is also an unproven treatment for colds. Studies have shown that Goldenseal is effective for diarrhea. But it’s not recommended because it can be poisonous in high doses. It can cause skin, mouth, throat, and gastric irritation. It is also not recommended because of the plant’s endangered species status. Goldenseal contains berberine, a plant alkaloid with a long history of medicinal use in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
Milk thistle (Fruit)
Milk thistle has been used to treat liver conditions and high cholesterol, and to reduce the growth of cancer cells. Milk thistle is a plant that originated in the Mediterranean region. It has been used for many different illnesses over the last several thousand years, especially liver issues.
Saint John’s wort (Flower, leaf)
Saint John’s wort has been used as an antidepressant. Recent studies have not confirmed that there is more than a slight effect on depression. More research is needed to determine the best dose of Saint John’s Wort. A side effect is sensitivity to light, but this is only noted in people taking large doses of the herb. St. John’s work can cause a dangerous interaction with other commonly used medicines. Always talk with your healthcare provider before using this herb.
Valerian is used to treat sleeplessness and to reduce anxiety. Research suggests that valerian may be a helpful sleep aid, but there are no well-designed studies to confirm the results. Please consult talk with your healthcare provider before taking it.
2. What We Think #Whatwethink
This consists our Mental Well being and Emotional Well being. Our mental state is just as important as our diet, maybe even more. Good relationships are important for your mental well being. They can:
- help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
- give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
- provide emotional support and allow you to support others
Mental state of mind also include emotional well being. Being in touch with our emotions and acknowledging our emotions tend to be the first step in maintain good well being in this matter.
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Emotional wellbeing is at the heart of our daily lives. Whether we are happy, sad, fearful, excited or angry, our emotions can influence the way we approach everything in our daily activities. Every decision we make is governed by our state of mind in some small way, so having good emotional health is essential to living a full, and balanced life.
Emotional health is an extension of mental health, though the two are often confused. While mental health relates to the functioning of the mind, emotional health is more about our approach to life, and our ability to live a life of wellness.
3. What we do physically #Whatwedophysically
Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life. This is the last major component when it comes to achieving holistic wellness.
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