What is Holistic Health?

What is Holistic Health & Wellness?

  • An ancient concept prescribing treatment according to the overall health status of the individual, not picking one specific symptom for treatment.
  • Holistic means consideration of the entire individual – mind, body, and soul – when treating illness and disease.  
  • Holistic Wellness is an individual’s perception of and acceptance of or satisfaction with their overall health status. 
  • The entire individual taken into account when prescribing herbal remedies and spiritual practices developed over generations to ward off and treat illness.
  • Holistic practices view individual health from the perspective of the Ten Dimensions of Health and Wellness.
  • Holistic health and wellness is a healthy balance of every function of the individual – mental, physical, spiritual, social, and emotional.

Effects of Aging: physical changes caused by normal aging.

  • Gradual loss of bone tissue can lead to the development of osteoporosis.
  • Joints lose flexibility due to repetitive motion, wear and tear, and water loss from tissues leading to inflammation, damage, and arthritis.
  • Skin cells lose moisture and shrink making skin thin and vulnerable to bruises and tears.
  • Increased time to recover from stress, shock, or surprise; it takes longer for heart rate and blood pressure to return to normal.
  • Circulation decreases as vessels lose elasticity and plaque builds up inside, increasing blood pressure.
  • Decreased sense of thirst can lead to chronic dehydration.
  • Difficulty chewing increases the risk of poor digestion and incomplete nutrient absorption.
  • Decreased immune system function leading to vulnerability to infection.
  • Decreased muscle mass with weight gain, decreased joint function, and loss of bone density all combine for an accident and injury waiting to happen.

Achieving Wellness: changes in lifestyle to slow aging and prevent disease.

  • Consume a well-balanced and nutrient dense diet of fresh and unprocessed meats, nuts and beans, dairy, grains, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Avoid processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and excessive amounts of sugar and caffeine.
  • Drink at least 32 oz of water, herbal teas, animal or vegetable milk and/or fruit or vegetable juices each day to prevent dehydration and maintain strength of hair, skin, and nails. 
  • Green, black, and oolong teas as well as coffee, soda, and energy drinks with artificial sweeteners all have a diuretic effect on the body and work to reduce water consumed.
  • Remaining active and walking often throughout life will promote muscle retention well into aging and reduce the risk of accidents due to muscle weakness.
  • Regularly participating in educational or community settings will promote mental, emotional, and social wellbeing well into aging.
  • Dealing with life’s stresses in a calm and conscious manner will reduce the damage to the heart and nervous system that accumulates from stress throughout life.

Maintaining Longevity: habits that increase your life span.

  • Practice a relaxation technique, at least sometimes.
  • Be grateful for what life has brought you. Being thankful for what you have.
  • Continue to learn new things and use your mind. Use it or lose it!
  • Take a walk every day. Again, use it or lose it!
  • Enjoy the little things. A smile and a laugh go a long way.
  • Get lots of sunshine in short periods without burning.
  • Eat a well-rounded diet limiting junk foods.
  • Take care of your skin. Drink plenty of water and moisturize with natural moisturizers.
  • Accept others as they are. Love people for their differences!
  • Accept yourself as you are. Love your own differences!

Author: Jennifer 'Mother Jai'

Jennifer Lawson, aka Mother Jai Mother Jai has been blending and personally using aromatherapy products since 2012 and herbal remedies since 2003. The knowledge and experience she obtained over the years provides you with a well rounded, educated, and informed platform to base your own health and wellness on.

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