In this podcast I’ll be exploring the 7 Principles of Holistic Health:
- I’ll explain the importance of having a holistic perspective on health
- I’ll talk about each of the 7 Holistic Health Principles
- Finally I’ll share a few resources on how to integrate these principles into your life
Modern western culture would have you believe that your health issues are not related to your lifestyle and that there’s a single pill for every single ill. Meaning if you want to get rid of your health symptoms then you must take a specific type of pharmaceutical drug or medication that targets that specific symptom. This is a reductionist approach meaning it reduces your body and health issues to isolated parts and disconnected organs where the focus is on treating the symptom and disease wherever it shows up.
Now there are many problems with this kind of thinking. First of all it misses the wholeness of your entire body, which is an integrated interconnected system of systems. Your body is not a collection of parts strung together, your body are the parts that make up the whole. Your back, for example, includes your back muscles that cover your spine and are covered by your skin and your back muscles are also connected to nerves that are connected to internal organs. So when you experience back pain all of these your muscle, bone, skin, organs, and your central nervous system all of these together create the sensation of pain. Now how exactly one could isolate back pain to be caused by one single thing is beyond me, which brings us to another problem with a reductionist view that focuses only on treating symptoms – it misses the root cause of the problem.
Symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your health issues and a collection of symptoms create larger and larger tips called diseases. Now one symptom or disease could be caused by many different factors, hidden from your view. Let’s say you had a headache. Is your headache caused by a lack of sleep, exposure to a toxin, a stressful relationship, poor breathing patterns, being dehydrated, too much sitting, food sensitivities, eating too much sugar, not eating enough fibre, high perceived stress levels, having no clear direction in life, or just not enough sunshine? It could be any of these. Or, if western medicine and pharmaceutical companies would have you believe, is your headache due to a pain medication deficiency? I mean is your body missing out on its daily dose of a pharmaceutical drug? I don’t think so.
This is exactly why so many people who follow the western medical model don’t heal in the long-term. For example those with cancer who undergo surgery, radiation, or chemo, all of which will do a good job of removing all signs of cancerous tissue, these people will inevitably get diagnosed with cancer once again later on in life and this second cancer is usually more aggressive than the first and it can show up in a totally different area of the body.
Because treating the symptom or disease only focuses on the tip of the iceberg. You must look beneath the water to see what’s really going on and what’s at the root cause of the problem and you can do this by looking at your health through a holistic lens or framework.
The 7 Holistic Health Principles I’m about to go through is a framework that you can follow in order to not only treat sickness and disease, but to also prevent serious chronic health issues from showing up in the first place. By using these seven principles as your health guides you will realise a happy and healthy life of purpose, no doubt about it.
The 7 Holistic Health Principles are:
- Earth, and
So let me explain a bit more about each one.
The Moon principle refers to rest and recovery. Now all of these principles are critically important to living a happy and healthy life, but there is a reason for the order I’m giving you here and the Moon principle will give you the biggest results bang for your effort buck when it comes to improving all areas of your health and your life. Rest includes, but is not limited to, sleep, relaxation, getting a soothing massage, meditation, anything that calms your body and clears your mind and that connects you to your true self and brings you back to your fully energised and awesome way of being is part of the Moon principle.
The Ether principle refers to space and is all about your environment or a better way to put it your habitat. This includes your home, your bedroom, your workplace, your commute and how you travel to all of these areas as well as your social circle of influence. The idea behind the Ether principle is to find out how a space is affecting and influencing your bodymind, so focusing on how toxic an environment is and how toxic social influencers are like people, marketing, news and media.
The Air principle is about breath and getting enough clean, filtered natural oxygen into your cells to nourish and energise you, and you do this by making sure your space is clear of pollutants as you practise proper breathing technique.
The Water principle is similar to the Air principle in terms of making sure that you’re getting clean, filtered natural water and drinking enough of it often to meet your needs. Remember your body is about 70% water so you want to source and drink the best water available to you as much as possible.
The Fire principle refers to movement. I’m not just talking about exercise here where you plan to do specific movement patterns, but also non-exercise unplanned movement activities with walking being the best and simplest form of movement. Look at a fire and it dances and moves and shifts and never looks the same twice, so the main point of this principle is to break up long periods of being in a fixed position and changing your body position in space as often as possible and having at least one formal weight and one formal cardio exercise training routine per week.
Ahh the Earth principle, my favourite one, because it’s about nutrition, food, and digestion. You want to be eating organic foods high in nutrition and easy on your digestion. Organic here simply means food from Mother Nature’s bounty. It is natural, real, wholesome, living, energised, nutritionally dense, life-affirming, and loved. Eat whole single ingredient high quality foods as close to their natural state as possible. Then personally process, refine, preserve, store, cook, or add anything organic you would like to your food.
The final Holistic Health Principle is the most important one of all. Yes I saved the best for last. The Sun principle is about loving and living life. It’s about your mindset and how you see things. The main focus of the Sun principle is connection and how you connect with your self, to other people, and to Mother Nature as well as every other living and non-living thing in the universe. This principle is based around the meme or the idea “I-We-All” where you learn to love your self first, the ‘I’, which then allows you to open up more and to love others and have better relationships, the ‘We’, and then finally waking you up to loving everything in the universe, the ‘All’. May sound a bit intense for some, but it’s not really. I find this principle the most exciting and interesting one of them all. This principle is the perfect guide for those of you that are lost or confused, you don’t know your purpose or why you’re here.
So those are the 7 Holistic Health Principles that will guide you toward a life of happiness, health, and purpose.
Now in the Whole Guidance podcast archives you will find episodes dedicated to each of these principles.
Regarding the Moon principle listen to episode 5 on how to get quality restorative sleep.
For the Ether principle I recommend listening to episode 12 on detoxification and how to swap out toxic chemical products for natural organic ones.
Episode 4 is all about breathing and will help you with the Air principle.
Episode 6 is all about water and will help you with the Water principle.
I talk about nutritious movement which relates to the Fire principle in episode 10 so check that one out.
Now for the Sun principle there’s actually a few Whole Guidance podcast episodes you can checkout as it’s quite a big and important principle to grasp. The big main five episodes I recommend for help with the Sun principle are episodes 2 about gratitude, 3 about perceived stress, 11 about connection, 14 an extremely vital and essential episode about dream building, and episode 15 about seeking balance in your life. Other episodes worth listening to include episodes 20, 25, and 26 all about choice, anger, happiness, and fear.
Of course if you’ve listened to all of these already then congratulate yourself you’re ahead of the game.
As a society we have lost our way and become disconnected from who we are. You have been told for far too long by the media and by other people in your life that your natural instincts are wrong and that you should be doing things a certain way. This can make these 7 Holistic Health Principles seem like a lot to take in and a lot of work to do, but I assure you they will come as second nature to you over time.
I’ll summarise each of the 7 Holistic Health Principles in a few words:
- Get quality sleep
- Remove toxins from your space
- Breathe correctly
- Keep hydrated
- Stay active throughout the day
- Eat real food
- Connect with, relate to, and love all things, especially your self
When your body receives all of the above it will heal naturally without the need for medication, drugs, and other pharmaceutical interventions.
I’ll leave you with this thought. Think about who are you, what type of person are you without your health?
This quote from Herophilus an ancient Greek doctor says it all for me.
“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”
So let these 7 principles guide you toward health, wisdom, art, strength, wealth, and intelligence.
There is one book that incorporates all of these principles pretty nicely and that book is by Holistic Health Practitioner Paul Chek and it’s called How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! I highly recommend it. If you were to follow this book and these 7 principles for 12 months, one year, it will set you up for happiness and health for the rest of your life.
Links and Resources
- WGP 005: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
- WGP 012: How to Love Your Liver and Detox Your Life
- WGP 004: How to Breathe for an Awesome Life
- WGP 006: Water is the Elixir of Life
- WGP 010: Nutritious Movement as Medicine
- WGP 007: Food Nutrition – What is Real Food?
- WGP 008: A Real Food Manifesto
- WGP 009: Digestion – How to Eat Real Food
- WGP 002: Being in an Attitude of Gratitude
- WGP 003: How Stress is Making You Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
- WGP 011: Connecting with Nature – the Original Social Network
- WGP 014: Dream Building – How to Create the Life You Really Really Want
- WGP 015: Balancing the Two Forces of Yin and Yang
- WGP 020: The Power of Choice
- WGP 025: The Upside to Angry and the Downside to Happy
- WGP 026: Shine Bright Like a Diamond and Overcome Fear
- How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! — Paul Chek