Welcome to My Natural Health post!
First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. Natural Health refers to adopting natural or organic practices to deal with ailments. Allopathic medication can cause damage to human health and the environment and I have found that the best alternative is natural health. Continue reading!
As a qualified teacher, I am passionate about education and the impact it can have on bettering our future. It is down to us individuals to do our research and make small changes to the way we live our lives.
These small changes are easy to make and can have a big impact on our health, the health of our family and our environment. This website is designed for everyday people looking to make these changes. Here you will learn a legitimate way to go green.
Let me be completely transparent with you, I am not here to pitch or sell anything to you. I am here to reveal and to assist you on your journey of going green!
What is Health?
There is a famous saying - health is wealth – and this true as good health will lead to a happier and more fulfilling life. This saying suggests that good health is as important as leading a successful life. Without health, you would not be able to make the most of a financially successful life.
According to WHO, health refers to the overall physical, psychological, and social wellbeing of a person and reducing the risk of getting diseases. Health is a course of action that has long term preventative goals that benefit a person's quality of life.
Simply put, health can not just be viewed in short term physical terms. Instead, it is about taking regular steps to promote the whole person, taking a holistic approach on the long term basis. Furthermore, health is about taking preventative measures to avoid illness, not just curing it when it occurs.
Health and wellness is a collective term that refers to an active process where individuals make healthy living choices. Wellness is important, being able to make decisions about proper nutrition, exercise, and spending time with loved ones can prevent a wide range of diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, fall risk behaviors, diabetes, kidney disorders, depression, anxiety, stress, and so on.
Physical & Mental Health...
Physical and mental health are linked to each other. When we are holistically healthy, we feel good physically, emotionally, and mentally. Feeling good about ourselves creates self-esteem which allows us to take care of ourselves, boosting our self-image.
There are many associations between chronic physical conditions and mental health, which significantly impact your quality of life and demands on health and wellbeing. The table below highlights how chronic physical disorders can lead to associated mental health conditions. This happens when it becomes difficult for patients to cope with their physical illness.
Benefits of Healthy Living...
Being healthy is beneficial for you personally, your family, and society. Having good health is a fundamental right of each person, which promotes a person's quality of life as it reduces the risk of diseases.
By minimizing the risk of disease you reduce the possibility of your friends and family undergoing stressful and traumatic life experiences. Good health makes a vital contribution to the economy of the country as healthy populations have a higher life expectancy and are more productive.
Healthcare is costly and therefore living a healthy lifestyle can have an impact on your financial success.
The mainstream health system focuses on curing an ailment, quickly popping a pill to fix a physical or mental illness. This is concerning because health is about taking preventive holistic measures to avoid illness.
A recent research study conducted by the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation highlighted that for the last two decades, in the U.S, the number of prescriptions increased by 39% - i.e. from $2.9 billion to $3.9 billion. This means the healthcare industry is booming.
Another survey study performed by the CDC highlighted that on average, 48% of Americans have used prescription medication for the last 3 decades. The Consumer Health Products Association conducted research that shows 66% of Americans use prescription drugs to treat minor health conditions. The study made shocking predictions – estimated to reach 81% by 2025.
These figures show that people are becoming more and more dependent on prescription drugs. The number of prescription drugs available is growing too. According to the CDC, from 2010 to 2019, the number of cholesterol-lowering medications is six times higher than it was from 2000 to 2009, and this is just one example.
Data suggests that while some prescription drugs can be effective at treating some illnesses and diseases, others are not. Some prescription drugs have negative side effects and can create further health issues. The situation becomes more life-threatening when patients avoid natural remedies and rely completely on medications for all every type of ailment. One of the most alarming side effects is how addictive some can be.
Opioids are pain-relieving drugs that are used for major health concerns. Opioids produce pleasure and a sense of wellbeing. However, these medications affect your brain. According to NIDA, the regular use of analgesics and opioids frequently leads to addiction. Furthermore, more than 2.1 million Americans have drug abuse problems related to prescription opioids.
A systematic review study published by JAMA showed that people taking heavy opioid doses have increased risks of death. According to the FDA, over 15,500 opioid-related deaths occurred in America in 2009. The number is increasing every year – as of 2019, over 30,000 people died in the U.S overdosing on opioids. This is a staggering 200% increase in deaths related to opioids over the past two decades.
These drugs are also addictive. Once you start on a course its almost impossible to stop because these drugs block your body's natural ability to produce endorphins. Endorphins alongside serotonin are the substances of the physical body that generate a sense of happiness and promote restful sleep.
Endorphins trigger pleasurable sensations and well-being, like happiness, tranquility, euphoria, and also creativity. As a result of taking anti-depressants, you become dependent on the drug, because, without them, your body is incapable of experiencing many of the natural pleasures of life.
As humans we experience a whole spectrum of different emotions. Some are positive and some are negative. In my humble personal opinion, depression is a natural part of life. You must experience the lows to appreciate the highs. Sad things happen in life. If you go through traumatic life experience, you are likely to suffer from depression afterward. That's normal and there is nothing wrong with that.
Healthy people are better equipped for avoiding depression. However, if this does happen to you, consider this... instead of popping pills, surround yourself with good friends, eat good food, exercise, and focus on your holistic health. You will get over it in time, just be patient.
Modern Healthcare & the Environment...
Medications are taken and end up in lakes and rivers, which have disastrous effects on our environment. Manufactured pharmaceutical products such as painkillers, cold medicines, and antidepressants are a major contaminant for the environment. Human beings consume these medications for the treatment of different ailments. However, we leave behind the traces of medication and send them down the drains in the form of waste.
The effects of such Pharmaceuticals and Private Care Products (PPCPs) on the environment are currently being investigated on a large scale. More than twenty million PPCPs are produced per annum. PPCPs are detected in water bodies throughout the planet. They can not be removed from wastewater using conventional methods. More research is required to gauge the risks of toxicity, persistence, and bioaccumulation, but the present state of research shows that private care products impact the environment and other species, like coral reefs and fish.
Health care professionals once recommended flushing unwanted and expired drugs down the toilet. They even considered it a safe method for the disposal of drugs. Now, the repercussions of flushing medications in the environment are becoming more commonly known.
Pharmaceutical Drugs in Drinking Water...
Research shows that around 5% of drug elements are not recycled by wastewater treatment facilities. As a result, these chemical substances end up in drinking water reservoirs. Considering how essential water is to life and the quantities of water we drink compounded medications in water pose threats to human health.
Although there is a lack of sophisticated evidence on risks of medication in drinking water, the EPA is making efforts to find out drug concentrations in waterways and their associated adverse effects. There's also evidence that adding chlorine, a typical process in conventional beverage treatment plants makes some pharmaceuticals more toxic.
more and more of our water is becoming contaminated and we need to take steps to conserve our water.
Pharmaceuticals in waterways are damaging wildlife across the state and around the globe, research shows. Water discharged from recycling plants and treatment facilities significantly reach our oceans, rivers, and lakes. Species living in these ecosystems are highly susceptible to the unnatural contaminants or chemicals in drugs.
For instance, estrogen released from contraceptive pills causes male fish feminization. It also negatively affects the reproduction of fish and other aquatic species. Thus, it is reducing the size of the fish population. Marine plants absorb chemicals from medications that end up in oceans and rivers. Marine herbivores eat these plants and eventually carnivores feed themselves on herbivores. The chemicals are being passed through marine ecosystems.
Experts in the research field highlight that current research is limited and the amount of unknown knowledge is vast and concerning. They say current health problem records documented for wildlife are disconcerting.
In addition, drug packaging material ends up in landfill sites. Most of the material is made of glass and plastic. It takes more than 500 years for plastic decomposition. Many animals eat plastic confusing it for food. The plastic can not be digested and is killing a vast number of animals on a daily basis.
Natural Health - The Better Alternative
I believe health should be natural and sustainable whenever possible. Finding natural solutions to support an individual's holistic health while seeking to protect and preserve the earth's resources, natural habitats, diversity, communities, and biodiversity.
It recognizes everything about an individual such as their background, family life, education, work, beliefs, resources, stress levels, traumas, disabilities, relationships, threats, and opportunities as well as interconnect physical, mental, spiritual, social, and emotional health.
It encourages us to make ethically informed decisions based on sustainable choices for our personal health at home and at a community level. Some examples include, but are not limited to, opting for zero-waste, plastic-free, and plant-based diets.
Food as Medicine...
You are what you eat. Treating food as medicine is my number one recommendation for living a healthy life. This method for supporting your health is most effective when applied on a long term basis, by adopting healthy eating habits.
We must concentrate on the type of food we eat and consider the consequences of poor quality food. The low-variety, processed food may taste delicious to somebody accustomed to eating them, but they can seriously compromise your health.
Avoiding processed food is especially important when you are sick. Your immune system was weak when it gets sick and is busy fighting the infection. Eating healthy and natural whole foods will strengthen the immune system and promote its ability to successfully fight the illness and enable recovery.
For example, if you have the flu, a cold, or fever, you can encourage your body to recover by boosting the immune system with the vitamins and minerals it needs to operate at its best. Drinking juices, that contain vitamin C and other essential nutrients, will support this.
Likewise, instead of using synthetic supplements and pills for weight loss, you can use leafy green vegetables and fruits to burn that extra fat easily and quickly. Cleansing the gut is also an effective method for belly loss.
Also referred to as herbal medicine or phytotherapy, herbalism refers to the utilization of plants and other natural substances for healing, preventing and treating illness, and improving health. It too looks at a holistic approach to health.
Herbalism is traditional medicine and has fewer or zero side effects. People all around the world have been using herbal medicines to treat a wide range of health conditions for thousands of years. The health benefits of herbs are well documented throughout history.
In recent years, herbalism has become more and more popular and this is likely related to the growing concern regarding the normalized use of conventional drugs. There is a growing transition towards natural methods for health, treating illnesses, injury, and disease. Plus it is usually more affordable than modern medicine.
It can provide natural healing, strengthen your immune system, stabilize your hormones, and maintain your metabolism. Healing properties of varied herbs (which originate from roots, leaves, barks, seeds, berries, fruits, and flowers) include:
- Antibacterial properties
- Antiviral properties
- High in B-vitamins
- High in trace minerals
- Contain disease-fighting antioxidants
- Contain essential oils
- Provides vitamins, mineral, and enzymes
- Boost the immune system.
Aromatherapy is an all-inclusive treatment for various acute and chronic health conditions. It uses plant extracts obtained naturally to promote health. Typically, aromatherapy is known as essential oil therapy. It uses essential oils to enhance the health of your body and mind. Aromatherapy works excellently for both physical, mental, and emotional health.
Herbal Health Experts regard aromatherapy as both science and art. It has gained more recognition over recent years due to more advocacy for herbal medicine all around the world. Ancient cultures in India, China, and Egypt used aromatic plant extracts in oils, balms, and resins.
Aromatherapy works through aromatic spritzers, inhalers, diffusers, bathing salts, etc. It also works through creams, lotions, body oils, and other topical applications. Aromatic plant extracts are also used in homemade clay masks, facial steamers, as well as cold and hot compresses.
There are over 100 types of essential oils. Although oils are natural, do not presume that they are safe to use in any way. As with all medical methods, you must handle the chemicals with care and do not apply directly to the skin. Some essential oils are safer than others and it is recommended that beginners start with the safest ones such as lavender, frankincense, and lemon.
You can find essential oils online. Make sure you choose the one that is approved by the FDA. This way, you buy a quality oil product with 100% pure and natural ingredients. Check for the labels to avoid synthetic or additive ingredients.
Health Benefits of Aromatherapy...
Aromatherapy has many benefits such as:
- Pain management
- Reduced Inflammation
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Headaches and Migraine Treatment
- Improved quality of Sleep
- Anti-microbial properties
- Boosted Immune System
- Improved Hospice care
Aromatherapy is an excellent natural remedy for asthma, fatigue, insomnia, inflammation, depression, menstrual problems, peripheral neuropathy, hair loss, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, cancer, menopause, skin infections, etc.
Always think about the three R's - reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reduce the number of resources you use. Purchase storage containers that you can be used over and over again. For example, you can keep essential oils in dark glass that prevents the sunlight from damaging the oils. These bottles can be reused.
I recommend that you avoid throwing byproducts in your trash can. Instead you can recycle the glass bottle if it eventually breaks or compost food items and herbal medicine by-products.
Avoid smoking to reduce pollution and instead. If you are a fan of using medical cannabis or marijuana to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety I recommend using a traditional glass vaporizer instead. Not only is this better for the environment but it's better for your health too.
Practicing natural health strategies, will position you for a better lifestyle and maintain your overall health with fewer visits to the doctor. This means you will save money, gas, time, and will be able to use your time more productively.
Fewer prescription medications will result in lower production of pharmaceutical drugs, less plastic packaging, and a healthier environment. If we adopt natural practices collectively, we can converse natural resources and protect our wildlife and ecosystems.
Instead of garbage and chemicals ending up in our lakes, rivers, and oceans, we can depollute the aquatic environment, clean the air, and make a favorable ecosystem available for all species.
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My Natural Health: The Final Verdict!
Wrapping up, we need to adopt green health practices to overcome health issues, environmental pollution, and global warming.
Here at About Going Green, you will find a large number of detailed blog posts for living a naturally healthy life. I will provide information and healthy living tips on natural remedies, essential oils, herbal medicine, and food you need to eat for good health.
My mission is to teach you how you can adopt green health and get the most out of it. If you have any comments or need help, please reach out to me bellow. Best wishes!