Forget the New Year, New You approach – the opportunity to kick start a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to come but once a year. You can revamp your approach to health anytime by going on a full on Health Drive. That means getting back to the basics you know are good for you and exploring options for alternative solutions to problems you haven’t addressed yet.
Let’s start right at Square One and let’s not beat around the bush. You know kale is better for you than chips and that sticking with whole foods energizes and nourishes your body – so get back to it. Depending on your current diet this may mean simply getting into good habits once again or developing a whole new approach to the way you eat.
No matter what your starting point, kick off a commitment to healthy living by starting with the basics. Clean your diet of processed foods, the overuse of oils, carbonated sodas and over-salted snacks. Get on board with 8 glasses of water, whole grains, raw fruits, fresh vegetables and plenty of pulses, beans and lean meats. This will give you a good foundation so you can tune into what your body really needs as you explore new ways to feel better and live healthier.
Homeopathy – While homeopathy has come to be interpreted as an umbrella terms for all things alternative, the truth is that it’s a specific system of treatment developed in the late 1700s. In its purest form, homeopathy believes that “like cures like” and is founded on the idea that using substances that create problems can actually help cure them. To be fair, little if any empirical evidence suggests that true homeopathy can be effective, but it has been at the root of many medical breakthroughs. Recently a study focused on the role of this ancient approach while integrating modern medicine. This renewed interest may heralds a new and better understanding of the role this discipline can play in modern, Western medicine.
Reiki – Reiki is an ancient healing technique that harnesses energy through touch and near touch. Some Reiki practitioners never actually lay their hands on you while others intersperse touching alongside hovering their hands near the surface of your skin. Fans of this technique swear they can feel the energy calming, energizing or healing them depending on their need.
Bio Energy Healing – Bio energy healing is another form of therapy that channel your body’s natural energy in order to heal itself. Practitioners use their own energy to help channel yours, working to strike an equilibrium across the channels of your body.
Reflexology – Reflexology is the art of applying pressure to specific areas of the feet and hands in order to treat conditions throughout the body. It’s based on the premise that each area correlates to a specific zone in the rest of the body and that applying pressure and specific massage can help to alleviate various conditions.
Acupuncture – Acupuncture is widely known partly because of its employment of needles and partly because it’s a form of alternative medicine with some significant scientific backing. Several studies over the years have found it to be an effective way to manage pain and nausea, anxiety and migraines.
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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) – Lymph is a fluid that carries primarily waste through the lymphatic system and eventually out of the body. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specific type of massage that stimulates this process and, in theiry, makes it happen sooner.
Psychotherapy Through Movement – Psychotherapy has been proven to help millions over the years and by adding movement to the process, people find they can release anger, anxiety, fear and more. Movements included in psychotherapy vary depending on the individual and their needs but they can include anything from dancing and stretching to various sports.
EFT and Holistic Nutrition – EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique and it works on the principle that to be free of your problems, you must confront them at their root. How does this tie into nutrition? For people with concerns about emotional eating, the connection is obvious. By addressing emotional problems alongside nutritional concerns and needs, people are able to create a tailored eating plan that gives them the support they need while dealing with the internal challenges and issues that have kept them a slave to food for so long.
Being open to new ideas and alternative treatments for common or chronic conditions can take some getting used to. There’s no denying that some techniques simply won’t be a good match and this can be discouraging. But ruling out one method doesn’t discredit the entire field of alternative medicine. Instead, treat each option as its own journey – one best made with an open mind. This way you’ll always be approaching your health in the right frame of mind – a positive one.
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