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The holistic approach to health A holistic approach to health means considering your life or lifestyle as a whole (including diet and exercise), so that you are not only looking at the symptoms of your ailment, but are also discovering the cause. For example, ask yourself, what worries or stresses do I have and how do they affect my health Then consider the following: do you eat a healthy diet?

Are you aware of digestive problems? Are you exercising enough? Are you aware of aches and pains? Is your sleep disturbed? And how is your attitude to life in general affected? All these factors could be having an impact on you and contributing to the source of your problem. Look aft er your liver

The liver plays a vital role in the holistic approach to health because it detoxifies the body, helps to break down fats and produce energy and heat. If your liver is not working well, it could put you at risk of heart disease by increasing your cholesterol levels; and poor liver function will have a detrimental affect on your overall health. Avoid refined foods, products with additives and excess sugar, because these impede the ability of the liver to Most people benefit from drinking water throughout the day. Up to 2 litres has been recommended. metabolize hormones. The liver helps to ensure the correct functioning of the thyroid gland, which is important because an underactive thyroid has been associated with depression, weight gain, feelings of tiredness and feeling cold most of the time. The liver also deactivates and safely disposes of old hormones so that they do not return to the bloodstream.

• ARE YOU ALLERGIC TO A FOOD?

Ta find out if you are allergic to a particular food, which may be contributing to your condition, take your pulse at the wrist for 30 seconds, then double the result. Your pulse should be around 52-70 beats a minute. Eat the food yau suspect you may allergic to, then take your pulse again . If it is 20 or more beats higher per minute, you probably have an allergy to that food.

• Walk away from bad healt h Get regulor exercise - and that does not have to mean going to the gym. Walking 1 .6 km (1 mile) a day can help increase the oxygen levels in your blood. This assists the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins, which in turn strengthens your immune system so that you are not as susceptible to catching

• colds and stomach bugs. Exercise also affects your energy levels, helping you to feel more positive about life, reduce body -I weight and maintain a good blood-sugar I balance; this in turn helps limit those I g cravings that we all feel guilty about after we've indulged. Exercise also reduces the n » risk of osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) and heart disease.

• Try to find an exercise plan that suits you - and stick to it. Don't overlook the benefits of a regular brisk walk.

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