Tips for Holistic Health
on Factors I Found Helpful
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I'll try to organize this
list more as time goes on, but for now here is a set of holistic changes
I fond helpful to improve my health.
1. Keep your pH levels
balanced. (See my section on acidic
and alkaline foods for more on this topic.) Many holistic doctors
feel that the proper acid-alkaline balance is the key to good health.
I had several of my health issues clear up just by switching to a
slightly more acidic diet. Nutritionist Adelle Davis wrote that it
is harder for bacteria to thrive in an acidic environment, and I think
she was on to something.
Contrary to some popular fad diets, it is probably not a good idea
to be either too acid nor too alkaline, but just too eat a balanced
diet that keeps your body fluids within a normal range. I've
noticed that if I eat too many acid forming foods I get heartburn
and high blood pressure. If I eat too many alkaline forming foods
I tend to get more digestive problems and signs of sinus, bacterial
and yeast infections. With diet as with many other choices in life,
the middle path is often best.
2. Get some
exercise each day outside in the sunshine whenever weather permits.
Our bodies were meant to synthesize vitamin D based on the action of
sunlight on our skin. A lack of vitamin D has been linked to rickets,
osteomalacia, thyroid issues, depression, breast and other cancers,
obesity and much more. Just because some people have developed skin
cancer in the past from over exposure to the sun, doesn't mean that
everyone else in the world should get zero sunshine exposure. The key
is to get a balanced amount based on your skin color, and sunshine levels
based on your geographic area.
the food pyramid. It is based on flawed logic and input from special
interest groups in the food processing industry. There is no one diet
that is appropriate for everyone in the world. The food pyramid with
its emphasis on grains is probably the biggest contributor to obesity,
fungal infections and diabetes in this country.
4. If you have
many of the conditions listed in this site and are a coffee drinker,
you might find a lot of your issues will clear up just by cutting
out coffee and other foods that contain caffeine. If I have even
one cup of coffee, I get headaches, panicky, insomnia,
chest pains, etc. I know a lot of people who have the kinds of problems
listed in this site and yet they drink 2 or 3 cups of coffee each day.
If they are like me, a lot of their problems would be eliminated of
they just cut out the caffeine.
junk foods and processed foods. Emphasize foods that, even if you
prefer to cook them, would at least be edible in their natural state.
foods with preservatives. You body may need extra vitamins and minerals
to detoxify these foreign substances.
7. Unless you
live in a heavily polluted area, open your windows to your home and
car each day to let the fresh air in.
eat foods with a lot of sugar. It provides empty calories, displaces
more nutritious foods and makes is easier for yeast and bacteria to
supplemented foods. Some people have nutritional deficiencies and
may benefit from an individualized supplement routine. However, I think
random supplementation (calcium in orange juice, zinc in cereal) can
throw off your body chemistry. A lot of foods are supplemented with
calcium, which can actually reduce magnesium levels, causing more harm
than good in people who are already magnesium deficient.
11. Buy organic
foods if you can afford it.
12. Use natural
unscented health, beauty and cleaning products where possible. Try
not to rub anything on your skin that you wouldn't feel comfortable
eating. The less toxins and irritants your body is exposed to, the less
it has to detoxify and they easier it is to preserve vitamins and minerals
like zinc and magnesium that might otherwise be used up in the detoxification
process. There is a reason hair
dressers have high rates of asthma, and it is highly probable it
is due to their chemical exposure.
13. Use a deodorant
14. Use a
phosphate free, unscented laundry detergent.
15. Try to find
a holistic doctor if you
16. If you can
afford it, have holistic nutrition
testing done. We found this exceptionally helpful.
your posture. Your muscles tend to contract or expand into whatever
posture you hold all day long. Muscles that are contracted and unbalanced
are a major cause of pain.
yoga. If you work at a computer all day, get a book on how to sneak
in simple stretches at your desk.
your meals and snacks in advance. You will eat healthier.
21. Try steaming
and slow cooking foods for easy, vitamin and mineral preserved,
22. For pain
problems, try trigger point therapy and/or acupressure. These
techniques really worked well for me and all of the other members of
23. Get rid
of any mold and mildew around the house. Along with a high sugar
and high carbohydrate diet, they help set the stage for mold sensitivities
and can deplete vitamins and minerals needed to neutralize the toxins
in the mold. There are many health risks associated with
mold exposure. Think twice
about buying used items that can't be washed or bleached.
24. Eat a
wide variety of foods and vary your diet each day. That way you
are more likely to not overload on certain vitamins and minerals from
foods you eat all of the time.
responsibility for your own health. Listen to your doctor but do
your own research, too. Get second opinions, research on the
web, buy books, etc. When my health was at it's low point, I decided
I would not give up until I saw at least a hundred different doctors,
dentists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, yoga teachers, etc. The
best family doctor I went to didn't know what I had wrong, but she made
a list of specialists for me to see, and one of those specialists diagnosed
my connective tissue disorder. From him I found a physical therapist
who really helped me, and after that I found a chiropractor who gave
me a deal on having nutrition testing done through her.
26. Don't just
read whatever books are popular at the moment. I've found some really
interesting tidbits in from used books stores by buying health and
medical books from throughout the last century - especially books
by Weston Price, Adelle Davis and Roger Williams. One of my real gems
was a scoliosis book I found from the early 1900s. See my section on
Physical Therapy for Scoliosis for
more on this book.
give up! I think I went to around 20 or 30 different practitioners
and clinics on my list of 100 before I actually found a doctor and physical
therapist who helped me. I also bought (literally) thousands of books
and spent countless hours on the web.
It was a lot
of work but in the end it was worth it. I've improved my own health
and have gotten thousands of nice emails from people with similar conditions
who have found my web site helpful.
I can work again,
bike ride, hike, do aerobic videos and much more. I just bought my first
mountain bike for my myself last year and can go on long bike rides
with my family these days.
I'm in my late
forties as of this writing, and I'm probably the most pain free and
have the best posture I've ever had in my life. Ten years ago, I was
a wreck. I had TMJ, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, kyphosis, bleeding problems,
IBS, heart palpitations, sciatica, chronic neck pain - pretty much most
of the things written up in this site.
I do think for
most people the answers to their health issues exist somewhere - it's
just finding them that is hard work.