Wisdom Wednesday: Holistic Living

By Katherine Tinsley


What is holistic medicine and what can it do for me? Holistic Medicine is considered to be a form of healing that takes into account mind, body and soul. However, there is a level of risk presented with use of natural and holistic alternatives as a replacement for medicine. Holistic remedies and treatments are not to replace a doctor’s order, prescription or to reject scientific data. According to the American Cancer Society, people who use alternative therapies instead of standard treatment procedures have a higher death rate. Lifestyle medicine is considered to be a newer field of medicine, but the guidance of a healthcare professional has been shown to lead to positive changes for patients, and in many cases, the lifestyle changes are prescribed with medicine and treatment. These are natural remedies and treatments that could add to your regular routine. Before using any of these suggestions, consult your primary care doctor.


Vitamins:

A multivitamin is the most common supplement around the world. A multivitamin is a supplement that contains several vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, D, E, biotin, iron (usually in a “women’s” daily vitamin), folic acid and zinc. Studies have shown that multivitamins help to improve memory and can help better your mood.


Citrus

Not only are citrus fruits delicious, but they’re actually really good for you. It is common knowledge that citrus is packed with vitamin C, which is great for your immune system. Additionally, citrus fruits are high in fiber, low on the glycemic index, high in potassium and high in water content. Adding more citrus into your diet has a lot of benefits.


Load Up on Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are really good for you, and they are actually supposed to take up half of your plate. Fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins, minerals and fiber. A high diet in fruits and vegetables can actually decrease your chances of being diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure and certain cancers.


CBD

CBD products are extremely popular and can be purchased in many states with ease. CBD products can be bought in the form of oil, pens, gummies, lemonades, and other edible treats. CBD, or cannabidiol, is derived from the hemp plant by itself; it cannot cause a “high.” CBD is available in all fifty states, but regulation around the product differs from state to state. CBD is often used as an alternative to treating anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain.


The FDA does not regulate CBD and vitamins so it is important to research the quality and reputation of brands. Diet changes and adding supplements to your routine can be of a benefit to you, but before you purchase anything and test out supplements, consult a healthcare professional.


Katherine Tinsley is an editorial intern who specializes in building the bridge between the industry and culture, self care, and fostering difficult conversations.

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