There is much talk about returning to nature and living an organic life, one that is free from artificial and synthetic products. Mother nature has truly blessed us with marvelous gifts and herbs are on the top of the list. They are packed with benefits and properties that can not be found in such abundance in any man-made product. Be it conscious changes to our eating habits, or trying herbal remedies, much benefit can be reaped from living a herbal lifestyle.
The most important aspect of a healthy life is nourishment; what we put into our bodies. The fast paced lifestyle of today often results in poor dietary choices. We fill our stomachs with empty calories day after day, that eventually leaves us feeling sick and lethargic. Often times, we suffer in the form of medical illnesses due to these choices.
The most important point to remember about food is moderation. Healthy eating does not mean that you give up on pleasure and stick to bland food. Or that there is no room for even occasional indulgence. Moderate eating goes a lot further than strict dieting. Making sure to incorporate all the three macronutrients (carbs, proteins and fats) is the key. Each macro provides essential components for healthy functioning of the body. An imbalance leads to malnourishment and wanting.
Basic guidelines for healthy eating would be to eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole-grain, high-fiber breads and cereals and consuming low-fat milk and dairy products. Incorporate herbs and spices like cilantro, parsley, turmeric and ginger in your recipes to benefit from their medicinal properties. Herbal teas are another great way to incorporate the essential minerals in your diet.
While a healthy lifestyle, consisting of healthy habits and activities can reduce the incidence of illnesses, it is only natural that one suffers from certain ailments and illnesses from time to time. Something as common as a seasonal flu or an upset stomach can happen to just about anyone. An effective way to keep these illnesses at bay or fight them off, is to rely on natural, organic or better known as herbal medicine.
For example peppermint is a powerful herb that has the ability to fight off common flu, bay leaves help to get rid of sinusitis, chamomile helps reduce stomach aches and period pain, cinnamon helps to reduce blood sugar and fights of bacteria and fungi, dandelion helps to clear acne and the list goes on. The most simple and effective way to benefit from the medicinal properties of these herbs is to consume them in the form of herbal teas. Easily available in the form of loose tea or tea bags, it’s not too difficult to make use of this gift of nature.
A healthy lifestyle requires healthy activities to be incorporated in the everyday routine. Being lazy and inactive eventually takes a toll on the body, and despite healthy eating and nourishment, it can result in various health complications. Exercising is important to ensure healthy functioning of the organs such as the heart and liver, and can help boost your energy levels, enabling you to perform daily tasks and chores.The activity that you take up need not be intense and hard core. Something like simple yoga, or stretching for a short while is just as good and can help clear your mind, and get your body in motion.
Another healthy activity that you can take up is gardening. A small garden patch in the backyard where you can plant herbs for everyday use can help you feel one with nature and have a therapeutic effect on you. Try planting dandelions and use them to make your herbal tea to aid digestion and lower blood cholesterol levels, or parsley to get a healthy dose of antioxidants, vitamins A and C.
While it’s extremely important to stay active and on the go, it is just as important to give yourself a break and ensure that your body gets the rest it requires to reset and restart. Overworking the body can result in a burnout and make you exhausted, stressed, anxious and at times even sick. To remain productive for a longer period of time, it is important to incorporate a sufficient amount of time for rest.
Some of the great ways to relax is enjoying the simple gifts of nature, like a walk in the park, a dip in the lake, playing with your pet, or even simply reading a book with a steaming cup of your favourite tea to relax and unwind after a long day. Peppermint herbal tea is a delicious option to alleviate anxiety and relieving stress, helping to bring on a good and sound sleep. Chamomile tea is another great option to calm your nerves and is great if you suffer from insomnia. It is packed with minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, and zinc.
One thing that you may have noticed while reading is how herbs have found their way into each aspect of a healthy lifestyle. They have the ability to enrich our daily lives in amazing ways and can become so synonymous with health that they can easily become our lifestyle. A herbal lifestyle is indeed the closest to nature and therefore has the ability to provide the best life.