We’re so busy being busy in the Western world that it’s increasingly difficult to live a healthy, well-rounded life. Can holistic health help us on our way?
Think about the things that make us feel alive: our bodies gaining strength and flexibility as we exercise; laughing with our friends; creating something; or appreciating nature’s beauty. Do these activities inspire you?
Modern life doesn’t leave much time for these things, but we instinctively know their value. Likewise, most of us value our health. But in this modern, chaotic world, is it possible to be inspired by a new era of health?
Let’s find out. It’s time to learn about holistic health.
‘Holistic’ refers to dealing with the whole system, rather than just a part. Similarly, holistic health considers the whole person and how they interact with their environment. It encourages a whole of life approach to health and encompasses all the things that affect our physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing.
LEARNING FROM NATURENature shows us how to embrace this type of health. Rainforests, particularly, are a shining example.
Packed with an incredible abundance of blooming plants, trees, butterflies and birds, rainforests are the world’s oldest ecosystem. By collectively working together to attract water and sunlight, they produce rich nutrients that allow the environment to thrive.
Just like a rainforest, we’re likely to be in better health if everything’s working together. That’s what holistic health looks like.
HOLISTIC HEALTH?‘Holistic’ refers to dealing with the whole system, rather than just a part. Similarly, holistic health considers the whole person and how they interact with their environment. It encourages a whole of life approach to health and encompasses all the things that affect our physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing. This includes family, friends, culture, community, society, spirituality and the environment. It’s like the health of the microbiome, the entire population of microbes that live on and inside us, which is influenced by diet, exercise, and many other lifestyle factors. That’s why it’s important to find a balance.
WHAT"S MEANT BY 'BALANCE'?Rarely does anyone have things perfectly sorted across all these areas. Maybe work is stressful, a relationship is strained, or you’re time poor and turn to convenient food options that aren’t always the healthiest or most nutritious.
Taking a holistic approach to health can help us balance our lives so that our whole being works in harmony, just like the rainforest. It need not be a constant in our lives, but taking a holistic approach can benefit us if we’re unbalanced in an area and need to make an adjustment, adapting to and complementing our lifestyles.
It also often takes a broader approach to health maintenance, seeking to help the whole person, not just the symptoms.
It certainly tries to relieve symptoms, but it also seeks to address any underlying causes (such as stress, overwork, diet and sleep patterns). That’s why dietary changes, relaxation techniques, and other lifestyle changes are often such prominent features in a holistic lifestyle.
HOLISTIC HEALTH AS PREVENTATIVE MEDICINEGood health doesn’t happen by itself; it’s usually the result of repeated choices about healthy eating, exercise and sleep (among other things).
A healthy diet, for example, helps to support our immune systems. That’s why holistic health encourages us to make wise choices that consider health outcomes, because our health often reflects our choices.
PREMEDY™At Premedy™, we advocate a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. We’re inspired by the microbiome, and that’s why we consider natural medicine, science, lifestyle factors and awareness of our environmental impact to develop products that support your everyday health and wellbeing.
We understand that health doesn’t exist in isolation – it’s connected to and influenced by every aspect of our lives.
So, it’s to time consider our whole selves. We want to help you see health differently, see it holistically, and make time for the things that truly make us feel alive.