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What is Holistic Wellness?

Wellness is stage of being physically and mentally health especially due to deliberate effort, such as good food, exercise, and healthy behaviors and habits. Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Holistic Wellness is an integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being for attainment of optimal health, wellness, and quality of life (Randall, Cottrell, & James, 1999). The path of natural health and wellness is a life-long journey that requires personal responsibility and commitment. Holistic emphasizes the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts. It is the recognition that what affects one part or system affects the whole body (Butler, 1994). A holistic approach to health is multi-faceted and mindful of the consequences of our habits and actions.

The basic concept of holistic health is not only treating the sick, but also how to stay healthy and fit. Wellness continuum explains the level of health in a better way. The center of continuum shows no illness, but unhealthy behaviors from this stage can lead to premature death (left corner of continuum), on the other hand, health lifestyle can lead to highest level of wellbeing (right corner of continuum) (Travis & Ryan, 1988).

Why does Holistic Wellness matter?

The majority of illnesses and premature death can be traced back to lifestyle choices throughout the living course (Walter, 1999). The most common choices are eating behaviors, or things we consume, which affect us at all seven level of holistic wellness-physical, mental, social, spiritual, occupational, and environmental. The most common unhealthy behaviors or habits  that lead to unhealthy life are stress (Innes, Vincent, & Taylor, 2007), negative attitude, lonesome, isolation, depression (Coyle & Dugan, 2012), high fat, high cholesterol, high blood sugar (Heaney, 2006), sedentary lifestyle (Booth, Roberts, & Laye, 2012), caffeine, drugs, alcohol, nicotine, poor sleep (Koczulla et al., 2010; Simon et al., 2014; Wells & Vaughn, 2012), etc. Combined with deficiencies in spiritual faith (Hawks, 2004), self-esteem, support, safe environment(Balducci, Avanzi, & Fraccaroli, 2014; Kamarck et al., 2005), and poor care access, the multi-faceted risk factors gradually accumulate harmful effects which lead to inappropriate gene expression and abnormal cell functions (Alegria-Torres, Baccarelli, & Bollati, 2011).

The cells in a person’s body are programmed to be constantly replaced. Body cells can only be rebuild from available material and health of the body. However, If we eat unhealthy and live sedentary life with other unhealthy behaviors, it will change our cell structure, which leads to diseases and poor quality of life. (von Wurmb-Schwark et al., 2008)(Danaei et al., 2009). When the institutions in our communities such as business, schools, government, and healthcare are not grounded in healthy lifestyle practices, then we are more at risk for developing unhealthy habits.

Holistic Health is result of regular lifestyle habits and behaviors, healthy lifestyle with personal commitment helps to achieve highest wellbeing. The continuous practice of healthy lifestyle behaviors can lead to holistic health with quality of life, which is a right end of continuum (Lowenberg & Davis, 1994). No matter what their current status of health, people can improve their level of well-being and reshape their genetic expression. With little temporary problems the continuous level of wellness moves forward, as our miraculously amazing life system is designed to help us to be healthful, healed, happy, and well. Why don’t we corporate wisely with who we already are, what we already have, and how we are already expected to live not just for our individual sake but also for other’s sake as well.

How to do Holistic Wellness?

In this modern world, where competition is really at the eminent end, every human being works in the pace of machine to economically sustain and be successful in this world. But to work well and to sustain in this world, health and wellness is most important. To live healthy and well, it is important to eat balanced, do regular exercise, and have healthy behaviors.

Wellness can be achieved with the help of health professionals, health trainers and also holistic professionals. These professionals recommend treatments, which helps body to heal naturally and treat the person as a whole by focusing on root causes, not only symptoms.(Guttmacher, 1979).

Holistic wellness is preventive medicine, which not only helps to treat diseased, but also help to keep one healthy and to achieve high level well-being with positive and good quality of life by adopting positive lifestyles and behaviors in life.

For human beings’ precious life with good heath, well-being and living state, and quality of life, our Holistic Lifestyle Medicine, Coaching, and Wellness Center will present evidence-based, cutting edge, multi-faceted,  and enriched and practical benefits of living Holistic Health/Wellness Lifestyle, your personal,  family, organizational, community, societal, and global level life. Our CLMWC center will provide evidence based educational information on seven dimensions on health and wellness, such as spiritual, intellectual, physical, occupational, social, emotional, environmental wellness.

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