What is Holistic Health? Keeping Healthy During Lockdown
Holistic health is about caring for the whole person i.e. all of yourself. It is more than the awareness of self-care in a spiritual sense, but providing for your mental wellbeing, physical and social needs too. It is understanding that if you are unwell in one of these parts of your being, you will be unwell in the others too. It is creating a balance between all that is key in upkeeping your overall health.
Most viral infections can be traced back to stress, over-extending yourself, and not getting enough sleep. Looking after your mind, body and, boosting your immune system is vital in order to prevent a secondary infection, such as pneumonia due to a weakened immune system.
Sure-fire ways to zap your Immunity are through sleep deprivation, stress, dehydration, poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol, excessive sugar, and exposure to virulent germs - so keep washing your hands!
Here at Organics, we believe 'health is wealth' and a focus on prevention is paramount. We wanted to share our ways of boosting the immune system while maintaining good nutrition in the form of a varied organic diet.
What is Holistic Care?
The human body is amazingly intricate and interconnected, your immune system is no exception. Your immune cells can be found throughout the body (including your skin, blood, bone marrow & intestines). Your digestive system, nasal passages, and skin serve as your front line of defense and the vitality of these areas e.g. good mucus production and lubrication and plenty of stomach acid should block or kill invaders before they can do damage.
You are born with an innate immune system that has a reliable, non-specific response including stomach acid, fever response, mucus, beneficial bacteria, and certain types of immune cells. Rest as much as possible, stay hydrated, and, let your immune system do its job when you start to feel the first signs of illness.
Drink plenty of warm drinks and herbal teas – our favourite organic teas are by Moos Broos.
Aim for at least 3 cups of herbal tea a day and a minimum of 2 liters of fluid intake every 24 hrs.
There are so many things we can do to stay healthy but prioritize your sleep as much as you can. Solid sleep will help you and your immune system thrive. Sleep hygiene can really help you get a good night's sleep so keep your bedroom cool, well ventilated, and try winding down before bed with a bath, lighting a candle, or using an ambient room spray. We are big fans of Coopers atmospheric room sprays, as well our relaxing candles that contain no nasty chemicals by Hoof and Paw.
Holistic Approach To Health
Prioritize holistic health by educating yourself and making a solid plan for you and your family. This will help you minimize any anxiety you might be experiencing during this viral pandemic. Remember to do things that help you feel grounded as you go about your day – relax, practice deep breathing, and, exercise in the safety of your home or go outside in the sunlight if you can do so safely.
A high sugar diet including refined carbohydrates can be extremely damaging to our immune system. High sugar diets also increase intestinal wall permeability and feed the wrong microbes in our gut and worsen low-grade inflammation.
If you have a sweet tooth try adding cinnamon to your diet to balance blood sugar and curb sweet cravings – one teaspoon a day with porridge, in smoothies, or simply in water will really help. Alternatively, look at our sugar-free foods such as the products we stock by Heart, which do a good range of sugar-free products.
What Foods Help With Your Digestive System?
Organic foods mean a healthier lifestyle without the toxins, chemicals, and artificial colourants and preservatives in other foods.
The benefits include reducing your toxic load, providing more nutrients for your body, helping your environment, and improving your overall wellbeing. Organic farming uses less energy and produces less waste than other farming methods, which means that organic farming is kinder to the environment too.
There is a variety of foods that aid with immune support and gut health, there is a range of organic colourful produce and leafy greens, healthy fats, vitamin C, pungent aromatics such as garlic and ginger, medicinal mushrooms, fermented foods, and fluids.
Organic Fruit Smoothie Recipes
One of our favorite smoothie recipes is this fruity blend full of fresh ingredients and good protein. To make, you need one Banana, a cup of almond milk, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of turmeric and spirulina, a handful of blueberries, a square of ginger, and a teaspoon of organic coconut oil.
If you have a nut allergy simply replace the almond milk with coconut water or water…. Cinnamon is blood sugar balancing and antiviral, turmeric is anti-inflammatory as is ginger (and antiviral) and the blueberries are full of Vitamin C, flavonoids, and antioxidants. The organic cold-pressed coconut oil will help you stay fuller for longer and facilitates the absorption of the turmeric by the liver.
Why Choose Organic Food?
Cooking food from scratch is the best way to know precisely what you are putting into your body. Making nutritious flavourful soups are a wonderful way to support the immune system and stay well hydrated.
*Why not try this Organic Asian Immune Boosting Chicken Soup Recipe or replace the chicken with tofu or sweet potato if you are veggie or vegan:
In a large casserole dish melt a tablespoon of organic coconut oil, then brown 4 x organic chicken thighs, add 3 – 6 chopped garlic cloves, chopped onion, or spring onion if you prefer, and chopped up ginger (at least 5 cm).
Turn and brown the chicken then add stock (chicken or veggie stock – the equivalent of 6 cups) leave to simmer for 25 minutes during which time you add 4 tablespoons of The Coconut Company Amino Multi-Purpose Sauce, and 3 tablespoons of their Teriyaki Sauce and add lemongrass and sesame seeds if you have them in the pantry.
After twenty minutes add chopped chilies to taste and chopped courgettes (1 large courgette), broccoli (1/2 a broccoli), and noodles (enough for 4 people). Simmer for another 5 mins, then garnish with plenty of fresh coriander, mint, spring onion, and serve with fresh lime! If you don’t have access to a variety of fresh, healthy, organic ingredients, then consider supplementing with Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D, quercetin, and a probiotic. If you are pregnant or considering supplementation in the long term make sure you always consult your doctor and a qualified nutritionist first.
Prevention is key
All around the globe people are limiting their exposure to potential infection of Covid-19 by practicing social distancing. This means avoiding social contact out of the home as much as possible.
Avoid groups, avoid gatherings and shop efficiently online where possible. Disinfect hands with 70% alcohol solution or wash with running warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds; we recommend plenty of chemical-free soaps that create luxurious lathers. Our favourites are by No Ordinary and EcoSoapia.
During times of uncertainty, we can bring out the best in each other. As human beings, we are innovative and good at adapting. It is important to look at the positive effects this pandemic is having on the environment, with people having to slow down and reduce their carbon footprint.
“And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed”.
We wanted to leave you with these beautiful words by Kitty O-Meara and assure you all will be well, and this pandemic shall pass.