Diabetes is a serious health condition that affects millions of people. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If left untreated, diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure and heart disease. For many people with diabetes who want to improve their health and manage their disease effectively, holistic health is an important part of their overall wellness plan — and it can help!
Holistic health is the integration of all aspects of a person’s life–diet, exercise, sleep and more. It’s not just about what you eat or drink; it’s also about how you live, your lifestyle and behaviours.
Holistic health practitioners consider that each individual has the right to lead his or her own healthy lifestyle. They will provide guidance on how to do this based on their knowledge base and experience with the client’s particular needs in mind.
Why do people with diabetes need holistic health?
Holistic health is a way of living that is based on the belief that the body is a complex system, and that it requires a balance of mind, body, spirit and environment to be healthy. Holistic health practitioners believe in taking care of your whole body rather than just treating one ailment at a time. They believe in “mind-body” medicine where you can use both traditional methods (like acupuncture) along with complementary approaches (like meditation).
You may wonder why people with diabetes need holistic medicine if they’re already taking medication for their condition? Well…this can vary from person to person but generally speaking there are several reasons why someone might choose not to take medication: 1.) They want more control over their disease process 2.) They want fewer side effects 3.) They don’t like how drugs make them feel 4.) Their doctor hasn’t been able to find an effective treatment 5.) There’s no money available for medications
What are the benefits of holistic health?
Holistic health is a way of life. It’s not about dieting, fads or quick fixes; it’s about looking at the big picture and finding ways to improve your overall health by incorporating certain practices into your daily routines. Holistic health isn’t a magic pill or one size fits all solution–it requires you to be willing to make lifestyle changes that may not be easy at first but can have lasting benefits for years down the road!
How can you practice holistic health?
Here are some holistic health tips for living with diabetes:
Eat a balanced diet. This means eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, healthy fats and lean protein sources like fish or poultry. You should also avoid foods that are high in ultra processed fats. To keep your blood sugar levels stable while you’re eating this way, you might need to pay more attention to what you eat at each meal. For example, instead of having one big bowl of pasta at dinner time–which can contain lots of calories–try serving it with vegetables and other healthy side dishes instead so that they don’t make up too much of your plate size.
Exercise regularly–at least 30 minutes per day unless otherwise indicated by your doctor! Exercising helps control blood pressure levels naturally by improving circulation throughout the body through increased oxygen intake from deep breathing exercises such as yoga or HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts; however this does not mean that everyone needs to run marathons every day just because they have diabetes 😉 There are several different types including walking meditation where one meditates while walking slowly around their neighborhood for about 20 minutes each day plus other forms such as tai chi chuan which involves moving slowly through various positions designed specifically for relaxation purposes only — none involve jumping off cliffs like some online videos may lead viewers into believing 😉
A holistic approach to wellness can help fight the disease
Holistic health is a lifestyle that encompasses the mind, body and spirit. It’s not just about diet and exercise–it’s about being healthy in all aspects of life.
Holistic health allows you to manage your diabetes without medication or surgery. With holistic methods like meditation, yoga, acupuncture and Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan), you can improve your overall wellness so that managing your condition becomes easier for everyone involved in the process: patient; healthcare professional (doctor); family member; friend/colleague/coworker etc..
If you’re new to holistic health, it can feel overwhelming at first. But we hope this article has given you some insight into the benefits of holistic health and how it can benefit people with diabetes. If you want more information about how you can practice holistic health for yourself, check out our other blog posts about how to eat healthy and what supplements work best for people with diabetes!