These days we understand how the body works far better then we have ever before in our history. The ability to see right down to the level of our genetic makeup means that for the first time we truly have a chance to live long healthy lives. One of the things that has come out of this new understanding of our bodies and how to keep them healthy is a big picture approach. We now understand that in order to stay healthy our entire body needs to be taken into account when we plan for our health.
This approach, often referred to as a holistic approach to health, is an important step forward in our quest to find new ways to take care of our entire body. But there are many ways to have a holistic approach to our health, and sometimes in our desire to embrace this new idea we can leave out some of the more important parts of our health plans.
Dental Health is Holistic Too
When most people think about what they can do to improve their health, the mouth and teeth are probably not top of mind. But they should be. This is because when it comes to our own general health, the mouth is the first place many health problems first begin to show up in our bodies.
Keeping your teeth in the best possible condition and engaging in a holistic solution for your oral health can help to maintain a whole-body approach to your health for more than just your teeth and gums. It brings the entire body into alignment when taking that healthy path for life.
Feet and Hands Need Care
Do you know that during much of your life your feet and hands take the brunt of the elements around you? When you stop to consider it, your hands and feet are probably the hardest working part of your body. And yet, we usually don’t give them a second glance when we are considering how to keep our entire body healthy.
Caring for your feet on a daily basis is part of many people’s routine who have been diagnosed with diabetes, but it should be part of everyone’s daily routine. Getting into the habit of giving your feet and hands a thorough massage before heading to bed each night can help you to have a good restful sleep. Placing your feet against a wall above the level of your head when you return home from a long walk gives your feet a break and your heart a chance to stop working so hard to pump blood up from those extremities. In the end, this makes it easier for the entire body to be cared for and to last longer.
We live in a noisy world. You only have to put on a pair of noise cancelling headphones to understand this. The toll this takes on our hearing is enormous. This is why it is so important for parents to protect their children’s hearing if they bring them to music concerts and for all of us to take the time to protect our hearing.
If you live near a particularly noisy street, you might want to consider sleeping with noise cancelling earplugs to protect your hearing and give it a break at night. Better yet, take the time to have a quiet walk in the woods whenever you can. It is restful for the soul as well as the ears.