If you’ve ever stepped into a health food store you’ve been bombarded with the word, “holistic,” but do you know what it really means?
Simply put: holistic health means that wellness comes from the sum of all interconnected parts. These parts are not just our organs—but also our minds, our environments, our food, our experience, life. I like the phrase holistic because it acknowledges the fact that every part of our life affects our wellness. That sandwich you just ate, the stranger you just talked to, the fresh air that just blasted through your apartment window—all of these sums directly affect the whole, and directly affect how you feel.
I spent most of my life being reduced to parts by traditional medicine. I was treated for my symptoms and misdiagnosed over and over again because doctors failed to see the underlying cause behind all of my problems: my gut was failing me. Had they looked at my gut they would have seen that all of my issues were a direct result of its poor health.
My doctor always says, “the gut is the gateway to all disease.” It’s so true. If you’re experiencing a health problem, look first at your gut—if it’s off, everything is off.
Once I was finally diagnosed with celiac, I was thrilled! Disease or not, I had an answer, and now it was time to figure out how this autoimmune disease was affecting all different parts of my body. I began to view my health holistically and find the connections.
So that’s what I’d like to do here, in the Feel Free section of my website—help you find connections and think of your wellness on the whole. It’s a never-ending journey we can take together—a path towards feeling good and living free.