What a person eats can dramatically alter his or her health. It should come as no surprise that a diet rich in leafy greens supports the body while a diet rich in fast food hurts the body. Food has long been used to successfully treat a variety of health issues. But what exactly encompasses a healthy lifestyle? Good question!
Here are four avenues to increase your overall health: natural remedies, aromatherapy, energy healing, and the law of attraction.
Let’s take a look at some common "natural remedies" to increase your overall health. Probiotics help to maintain the healthy bacteria in the gut. In turn, this can boost your immune system’s functionality throughout the body. These essential organisms may be taken in a capsule supplement, added as a powder to food, or enjoyed in foods such as yogurt, kefir, and other fortified products. Fermented foods are also rich in probiotics, and are a wonderful addition to any diet.
Add local honey to your diet. Finding a local beekeeper is an excellent resource for combating sore throats and dealing with mild to moderate allergies. Since bees visit a wide array of local flowers, consuming a tablespoon of local honey daily over a long period of time can help the body develop a natural immunity to local allergens. Honey is also a fabulous throat-soother and ideal during cold season to quell coughs. Many local, raw honeys also possess moderate antibacterial properties to help fight off unwanted invaders and heal minor skin abrasions.
Aromatherapy refers to the use of essential oils for healing. Human civilizations have long used certain oils for relaxation, invigoration, or illness. Most ancient cultures relied on essential oils in some way as a natural remedy. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese all wrote about the healing aspects of certain plants. Today, essential oils have once again become revered for their ability to treat a variety of issues naturally. Here are a few notable essential oils:
Lavender: This beautifully-scented plant not only promotes relaxation and helps address sleep issues, but it also possesses antibacterial properties and can be used to treat minor burns, wounds, and skin irritations such as acne.
Lemon: This citrusy favorite is an excellent option to increase alertness. It can also purify surfaces when diluted in water. When added to water it provides not only a refreshing taste, but supports the liver as well as the digestive process.
Thyme This tiny leaf produces an essential oil revered for its antibacterial properties. It is an essential ingredient in mouth wash! Thyme can also ease coughs, arthritis, and gas among other complaints. It possesses strong antiseptic qualities as well.
This approach to natural health involves manipulating energy fields surrounding a person to their benefit. Reiki and Qigong are both popular energy healing methods. This form of healing gained popularity during the 19th century; its popularity continues today. Energy healing involves a practitioner typically standing over an individual and using their hands to “move” energy about the body. Although there is no scientific evidence to support the benefits of energy healing, there is a great amount of anecdotal evidence supporting the benefits of this natural remedy.
The law of attraction posits that what you put into the universe you get back from it. In other words, if you think positively, then good things will come your way—but if you surround yourself in negativity, then negative things arrive at your doorstep. This law believes in the power of positive thinking; in fact, it believes that an individual can manifest his or her desires by thinking about them. Ultimately, the law of attraction states that if you can visualize what you want, then it will find its way to you. To follow the law of attraction, an individual typically needs to create a visualization board, engage in positive affirmations, and eliminate all negativity in his or her daily life.
Never be overwhelmed by the idea of healthy living. Just remember this fact: once upon a time everyone led healthier lives because there was no such thing as drug companies! Begin slowly. Research the benefits of organic foods and introduce them into your diet. Try a few essential oils and see how they work for you and go from there. Remember, "stay active & fit"
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