Holistic health is based on the premise that optimal health is not based upon just the absence of disease, but upon the living balance of the “whole” person. The mind, body, spirit, and emotions are integrated and inseparable. With holistic health, there is the belief that the body contains an energy system that is the support and life for the physical body. Health is achieved with treating the causes of the symptoms and disease – not just alleviating, masking, or addressing the symptoms. If one part of your body is not functioning properly, all other parts may be affected. Holistic health that’s based upon the fundamentals of functional medicine is said to be the healthcare of the future.
The holistic treatment of the body’s expression of symptoms is done through natural and preventative approaches. The individual is looked at as a person- not as the disease they have or ailments they exhibit. Additionally, with holistic health, one’s health is measured not just with the absence of symptoms and disease, but an overall positive state of being. Therefore, individuals also have a responsibility for their own total health and have to be an active participant in their approaches towards day-to-day wellness and healing to keep the body in balance.
When it comes to holistic health, components which influence the body’s health and balance include: posture, microbiomes, climatic factors, diet, exercise, rest, stress, toxins, purposefulness, sexual health, and more. These factors demonstrate the relationship and interactions between an individual and his or her environment that might influence an individual’s optimal health.