How To Take A Holistic Approach To Gut Health and Well-Being
Do you know someone who is an encyclopedia of holistic health tips? Us too. But here’s the thing, they weren’t always that way. Their knowledge is likely based on plenty of time researching and assessing their own unique health needs.
So, let’s unpack the specifics of holistic health in the modern age. The majority of holistic health practices are anything but new; in fact, most have been around for centuries.
What is holistic health?
According to Chopra Global, holistic health takes a whole-person approach to health and healing. It encourages people to prioritize their own health through informed choices, self-study, education, and a way of life that is in harmony with nature.
But what does that really mean? We believe it boils down to learning to tune into your experience and discover what works for your total well-being.
Natural supplements, diet, exercise, and mindful daily habits can go a long way in supporting this whole-person approach to health and healing.
There are a wide variety of holistic health protocols and treatments from many traditions around the world. Many people combine holistic living practices with more conventional therapies.
The best of both worlds
This approach -- known as complementary or integrative medicine – is gaining popularity in the United States.
Advocates say that while pills and procedures still help millions of patients, the evidence is mounting that diet and nutrition, natural therapeutics such as supplements, vitamins, herbs, and acupuncture, along with lifestyle behaviors, also have a direct impact on disease.
We are big fans of this healthy life path. And since you’ve landed on this blog post, we’re guessing you could be too.
Ready to start your holistic health journey? Here are five commonsense tips for sending you on your way.
1) Set Goals: Consider the aspects of your health you want to address. Maybe it’s your gut health, or perhaps you want to manage your blood pressure better. Most of us have several areas that we’d like to tweak for the better. But don’t take on everything at once because that’s a recipe for failure. Instead, identify your top health priorities. Then set specific yet attainable goals. And leave room for life, would ya? Don’t cross out all the fun stuff at once!
2) Do Your Research: While holistic health treatments are generally safe, it’s essential to do your research. (Remember, you are your own best health advocate!) Certain supplements can interact adversely with medications or other natural remedies. And don’t be afraid to dive into research papers from credible institutions found online. That science jargon gets easier to understand in time. We promise!
3) Find a Holistic Health Practitioner: It’s important to read the fine print. Does a reputable organization credential them? And if so, how long have they been doing it? Whether an integrative medicine doctor or an acupuncturist, ensure their beliefs and values align with yours.
4) Keep a Journal: With any new treatment or protocol, it’s a good idea to record your experience. How did you feel at the beginning? And importantly, did you feel different after a few days or weeks into a new treatment, supplement, or diet regime?
5) Nurture Mental Health: The holistic health movement embraces mindfulness practices, such as yoga, meditation, and meaningful social interactions. It’s essential to prioritize mental health in the same way you do physical health, as they are inextricably linked.
Remember that holistic health know-it-all person? They didn’t get there overnight, and neither will you. Keep your chin up! Everybody’s journey of healthy self-learning is a little different. Even small tweaks, like daily five-minute meditation sessions, can lead to meaningful transformations. You’re creating sustainable building blocks for a healthy foundation.
Reliable support information can go a long way, too. For science-backed articles on gut health (which is, after all the key to good health!) head to the Zenwise blog page.