Welcoming Wellness: Holistic Living

Holistic has many definitions — some call it woo-woo, others spiritual, others educated.

Holistic health emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit.

Holistic Health can be defined as an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment.

avi-richards-374974-unsplashOften being holistic has been mistaken with being spiritual. It’s not uncommon for spiritually-enlightened people to be holistic because they generally are more in tune with their action and impact. They get it, that they are part of a bigger picture, that their body is their number one tool, that the mind, body and soul are all connected, and we are all connected.

The overall goal of holistic medicine is entire wellness, not simply a lack of disease or physical pain.

A holistic approach to your body, mind and soul can not only transform your health and well-being, it can benefit your relationships, make your more patient, understanding, loving and generally help you to become more awake as a person in your day to day life.

Escaping the City for Better Health

As the world somehow continues to spin despite everything, it can be vital to your sanity to take a step back, when you can, and distance yourself from the stress of work, the deluge of news, and the pressure of your responsibilities. Embrace the weekend and get outdoors!
The forest I visited and is featured in this post is Muir Woods near San Francisco, CA.
My boyfriend, Neil and I visited the tree lovers monument. We were just in awe of the beautiful redwoods and sequoia trees! Just walking through the forest, we witnessed natures natural skyscrapers blocking the sounds of civilization. This helped any unwated stress just melt away. You were alone with wilderness (and a few chipmunks). We were rewarded with the freshest air! How? because, trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. You can truly take a deep breath and feel the change in the air.
In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.
Trees also absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark. They are truly wonderful!
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Being in nature had a lot of great perks besides just the amazing air! Neil and I explored all over and through Muir Woods, trekking and going on adventures. If you go, I highly recommend packing a picnic! Maybe one that compliments this outdoorsy day.

Top 10 Ways to Boost your Immunity

No one likes getting sick but the question is, how do we avoid getting sick?
The answer is a healthy immune system! We’ve all heard about boosting our immune systems but what does this REALLY mean? Let’s dive in!
The immune system is the key to fighting every insult to the body.
The entire physical healing process is engineered by the immune system. It is truly the healing power within. This complex network of cells and biochemicals is the frontline defense system against viruses, fungi, and bacteria.
A weakened immune system results in an increased susceptibility to virtually every type of illness. Common signs of impaired immune function include fatigue, listlessness, repeated colds and infections, inflammation, allergic reactions, slow wound healing, and chronic diarrhea.
Proper immune function is an intricate balancing act. While inadequate immunity predisposes one to infectious illnesses of every type, it is also possible to become ill as a result of an immune response that is too strong or directed at an inappropriate target.
The immune system is not a physical structure, but a complex of interactions involving many different organ structures and substances.
Top ten ways to boost your overall immunity:
  1. Get enough sleep and manage stress.
  2. Avoid tobacco smoke.
  3. Drink less alcohol.
  4. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
  5. Consider probiotics.
  6. Catch some rays.
  7. Go for the garlic.
  8. Eat medicinal mushrooms.
  9. Try immune-supportive herbs.
  10. Make an echinacea tincture.
Remember, the immune system is a system, not a single entity.
To function well, it requires balance and harmony.
Balch CNC, Phyllis A.. Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal (Kindle Locations 247-249). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

6 Steps to Welcome Wellness

Wellness is a holistic concept that encompasses a person’s physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual components.
Living well gives you the energy to engage with life in a meaningful and fulfilling way.
A holistic approach to life shows a deeper understanding that actions are felt by our body, by others, or by our environment as whole.
How to live well:
1. Eat clean.
2. Do things for others.
3. Grow yourself.
4. Pause and take your time.
5. Love your life!
6. Connect with others.
Through Forage & Nourish, I’ll be sharing my tips and information that you can apply immediately to live well.
I’ll be covering everything from nutrition to exercise to spirituality and more!
So stay tuned