What Does Holistic Health Mean?
According to Wikipedia:
?A holistic concept in medical practice, which is distinct from the concept in the alternative medicine, upholds that all aspects of people’s needs including psychological, physical and social should be taken into account and seen as a whole. A 2007 study said the concept was alive and well in general medicine in Sweden.
?Some practitioners of holistic medicine use alternative medicine exclusively, though sometimes holistic treatment can mean simply that a physician takes account of all a person’s circumstances in giving treatment. Sometimes when alternative medicine is mixed with mainstream medicine the result is called “holistic” medicine, though this is more commonly termed integrative medicine.
According to the American Holistic Medical Association it is believed that the spiritual element should also be taken into account when assessing a person’s overall wellbeing.
From my professional experience, I can say that there is never just one so-called problem area; there are always various root causes that trigger multiple health problems, even if they appear to be unrelated.
What happens at a physical, metabolic, emotional and mental level all matters within the narrative of our life. How secure we feel and loved we feel in our lives matters. How we feel and think about ourselves is most important, as it will reflect in our thoughts, eating behavior and lifestyle choices. Trust me, everything is interconnected like a giant puzzle, where every piece matters. How we eat, think, sleep and live on a daily basis, the excessive toxins we are exposed to in our daily environment, and the hidden low – grade infections our bodies are dealing with?they all play a big role in our continuous wellbeing.
For example, you might be eating organic food, but are you getting enough healthy fats in your diet? Are your personal relationships addressing your need to feel loved or are you in an unhappy relationship? Are you eating the right foods for your body or are you eating too little protein? As a child, were you criticized and now are living your life as an overachiever needing approval and validation from others? Is there a viral infection draining your energy and giving you a constant sore throat?
Maybe you are taking care of an ailing parent, which is very stressful for all concerned; leaving you no time to do things that you enjoy or that help you get rid of your stress. And what about the personal care products you are using that add a toxic burden on your liver? What toxins are floating around in the air at work or in your home?
All these questions matter because the sum of them contributes to your unique wellness blueprint. Building health is like peeling away different layers of an onion. Each layer is a burden that must be uncovered and dealt with so the body and mind can regain renewed energy, joy and vitality. This is the path to becoming ?The Well Woman.?
Energy is at the core of us, in the nutrient dense and information-filled food that recharges us. And we also find energy in fulfilling and happy relationships in our personal lives. It is also in the innate intelligence of nature and the vastness of the Universe. We are part of a whole and thus must address our healing from a whole perspective, even though there are many parts that make up the whole. Just like that giant puzzle, every piece matters.
If you rebuild your energy and health by learning about the energy-robbers in your life and you follow the energy-building steps in this book, you will be able to engage in a healthy relationship with food, healthy personal relationships, and most important, a healthy relationship with yourself.
Wellness is an ongoing process; think of it as an essential 21st Century lifestyle that incorporates a holistic, functional and integrated approach.
A customized approach integrates your specific nutritional needs, your daily lifestyle and unique stress adaptation within a path that requires flexibility and clarity along the way. We all deal with a continuous string of stressors that can also include commercial foods, lack of sleep, infections, root canals, sexual abuse, toxic emotions, negative thoughts, financial worries and unhappy relationships, etc., and these all are part of our unique narrative How we respond to them is unique, as past belief systems, childhood fears, expectations and current experiences also come into play. All of these will affect how well (or not) our body functions, as our mind, emotions and physical body are intertwined.
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