Holistic Health Concept: P1

The field of holistic therapies is very vast. It ranges from Homeopathic, Naturopathic and Ayurvedic doctors to Reiki and Body Talk practitioners. Different therapies work for different people and sometimes it may feel like trial and error until you find the therapy or practitioner that helps you.

So how do you go about choosing the ‘right’ therapy? To find the right therapy, therapist or practitioner, you need to ask yourself and the therapist / practitioner the right questions:

1.) Why are you seeking this therapy? Is it for a specific condition; is it of physical or psychological manifestation; do you have a diagnosis; what helps ease the condition and what exacerbates the condition?

2.) Talk to the therapist or practitioner before the consultation – this helps them ‘plan’ your session and if they cannot help you, they would be able to tell you beforehand

3.) Open yourself up to the healing modality and all that it has to offer. Being able to communicate openly with the therapist / practitioner is also very important.

4.) Be aware of your body / mind and any changes that have occurred. If the therapist / practitioner refer you to a different practitioner, it is a good idea to investigate.

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Affordable & Doable ways to deal with stress

In this day & age stress is pretty much unavoidable. But we can learn to deal and cope with it.
January generally adds a little more stress to our lives. This stress could come in the form of stressful family issues, weight gain, health or financial issues, or a combination of things. ‘Stressors’ will be different for everyone.
Here are some quick tip & lifestyle management tips to help you manage stress:

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Acid / Alkaline forming foods

It took me a while to write this article. I like to write from an unbiased viewpoint, and this topic seemed have quite a few debates for different questions surrounding the topic

. In our reflexology course, we learned that an alkaline diet contributed to our health and that a mostly acid forming diet encourages diseases. However, some research for this article suggested that diet does not have that big affect on the acid / alkaline pH of the body [1]. And it probably doesn’t, because the body uses homeostatic mechanisms to ensure that all parts of the body remain at its normal pH balance.

The blood pH balance is the most important, if we go out of the 7.35 – 7.45 range our lives are at serious risk – this could happen, for example, due to a terminal illness.  So how do the homeostasis mechanisms work? Minerals are taken from the saliva, body fluids, and if we do not have the correct minerals from our diets, minerals are leached from our bones and body tissues to correct the blood pH and other organ pH. [2] I do believe that there needs to be a lot more research done on this topic, however, the alkaline diet works because it has an emphasis on eating lots of vegetables and making healthier food choices.

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Eating the’Yin Yang’ Way

Salads are not always that healthiest option!

The field of food and nutrition is quite complex. It is no wonder people get so frustrated with diets and jump from one diet to the next. Personally, I do not believe in ‘dieting’, but rather to incorporate a way of eating with your lifestyle. Articles on nutrition are often said to be ‘contradictory’. I believe this to be because different people need different nutrition and react to foods differently. What is good for one person is not always good for another. It is difficult to incorporate everyone in a generalised write up.

There are so many lifestyle ‘healthy’ diets that are out there today. There’s the banting diet / paleo foods, rawtarians (raw food diet), acid alkaline, the low-fat diet, etc. Now, I’m not saying that any of these diets are wrong, but I don’t think any of them are completely right for the entire population either.

I recently came across an article about yin / yang balancing and thought I’d do some more research about yin and yang foods. I have found this to be one of the most holistic ways of eating. I personally find that this way of eating lives up to its nature. It is very balanced and logical. I feel many people have lost ‘common sense’ when it comes to food.

Salads for summer and veggies for winter. 

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How to support Healthy Bones

I decided to write up about bone health (as well as nails and hair), because in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), winter is the season where bones, hair and nails is mostly affected. I am sure many can relate with increased skeletal pain and dry, brittle hair and nails.

An holistic health approach is necessary to look after our bones and skeletal system. When thinking of healthy bones we need to think of nutrition, exercise, hormonal balance, medication and the health of the rest of the body.

When it comes to nutrients, most of us assume that more calcium is the answer, but it is not.

“Bone health depends not so much on calcium intake, but rather on its metabolism and utilization. The major players in this regard are vitamin Dvitamin K, and magnesium — which are woefully under-publicized in the campaign against osteoporosis”. [1]

Magnesium is in actual fact the key mineral in bone health, and taken with collagen is even better. One study showed that taking calcium supplements increased bone density by 7%; Magnesium supplements increased bone density by 70% and Magnesium and collagen increased bone density by 170%.[2]

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Causes & Prevention of Premature Greying

What is premature greying?

Premature greying is when a person’s hair starts growing grey in their 20’s or 30’s. It is when the cells that produce the colour of hair, melanocytes, stop producing pigment.[1] Genes are said to play a large role in whether or not you have a predisposition to going grey early. However, other factors involved are dietary and lifestyle habits. Following a healthy diet and lifestyle lower your chances of premature greying.

Although there are no definite diseases or illness related to premature greying, according to traditional Chinese medicine, the quality of your hair is linked to the quality of your blood and the energy of the kidneys.[2]

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Sprouts, Micro-greens and Enzymes

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If we want to feel alive, we need to eat real food. Food with high nutrient content and a high vibrational frequency to give our bodies the vital energy that it needs to function optimally. The best source of this food is fresh, organic, raw and sprouted.

Sprouting and growing micro-greens is an easy way to get nutrients into your diet. Sprouts and micro-greens are super beneficial. I highly recommend that everyone includes them in their diets. You ‘grow’ it yourself, so it is fresh, and they contain high amounts of concentrated micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients). Because the nutrient concentration is so high, you only need a small portion for effectiveness.

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