What does Holistic Health Mean?
If you look at the message I have on the sidebar of most pages on my site, you will see this paragraph:
“Welcome to the world of mineral balancing, whole food nutrition, and holistic health. To me, holistic health means treating the body as a WHOLE. Nearly all aspects of health are connected in one way or another. It’s time to stop treating symptoms, and start truly healing.”
This is the basic definition of what holistic truly means, but I do understand that it might be hard to know what exactly “holistic” means. There are so many companies and people acting like they are “natural” or “holistic” but not all of them seem to understand what this truly means.
What is Holistic Health?
Holistic Health is:
- Using whole foods in their most natural form to heal from nutritional issues.
- Healing the body as a whole and realizing that everything is connected. Gut, liver, adrenals, thyroid- they are all parts of a larger whole. We cannot just have an issue with one piece, and we cannot expect to heal the body if we’re only working on one piece.
- Eating a balanced diet (not excluding major food groups), or at least eating the way your ancestors ate, which would vary based on your ancestry.
- Consuming herbal teas, infusions, tinctures, powders, and capsules that are purely herbs.
- Addressing emotional trauma because our physical and emotional health is connected!
- Recognizing that our lifestyle, job, and people in our life could be influencing our health as well.
What isn’t Holistic Health?
Now this is where some people might get confused or even offended, so please always keep this in mind: this is what holistic health is all about, but if that doesn’t resonate with you then you don’t have to agree.
- Melatonin supplements
- 5 HTP, isolated amino acids, SAM-E
- Synthetic, isolated minerals and vitamins
- Diets like veganism, vegetarianism, keto, etc
- Just using 1 modality for healing. For example, you cannot just use homeopathy, heal an issue, and go back to a poor diet and lifestyle. You need to use nutritional support as well to prevent issues from coming back.
- Ignoring emotional trauma as a cause for physical symptoms
- Using drugs or supplements to mask symptoms instead of healing root causes
- Using large amounts of any 1 thing, even if it natural (like juicing celery)
- Coffee enemas, or enemas in general. Technically we are supposed to heal our gut from the mouth down, so going the opposite way isn’t exactly holistic.
True Holistic Healing Consists of Foundational Care
A few years ago, a friend mentioned the phrase “foundational care” to me and I realized something big- that is what I do here at Sassy Holistics! We try to work on healing our foundation and building a stronger body in order to heal from anything. The body is a whole- if you can work on it as a whole, then it will be MUCH easier to work on specific health issues like Lyme and co-infections, EBV, parasites, heavy metals, and more.
Our main steps in healing your foundation include:
- Cleaning up your Diet
- Healing your Gut
- Assessing your Minerals
- Supporting your Adrenals and HPA Axis
- Working on your Detox Pathways
- Cleaning up your Environment
- Addressing Underlying Infections
- Working on Emotional trauma
It may seem like a lot of steps, but I promise- these are the MOST important steps to take in order to fully heal. Foundational care is SO important that I decided to write an entire book about it! You can find that here.