Numerous interesting research studies have looked into reflexology and its effectiveness for a wide variety of medical conditions. Generally speaking the results are very positive and show that reflexology can help on the physical as well as the emotional level. Here are a few interesting results.
The holistic approach to healthA holistic approach to health means considering your life or lifestyle as a whole (including diet and exercise), so that you are not only looking at the symptoms of your ailment, but are also discovering the cause. For example, ask yourself, what worries or stresses do I have and how do they affect my health2 Then consider the following: do you eat a healthy diet? Are you aware of digestive problems? Are you exercising enough? Are you aware of aches and pains? Is your sleep disturbed? And how is your attitude to life in general affected? All these factors could be having an impact on you and contributing to the source of your problem.
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The liver plays a vital role in the holistic approach to health because it detoxifies the body, helps to break down fats and produce energy and heat. If your liver is not working well, it could put you at risk of heart disease by increasing your cholesterol levels; and poor liver function will have a detrimental affect on your overall health. Avoid refined foods, products with additives and excess sugar, because these impede the ability of the liver to metabolize hormones. The liver helps to ensure the correct functioning of the thyroid gland, which is important because an underactive thyroid has been associated with depression, weight gain, feelings of tiredness and feeling cold most of the time. The liver also deactivates and safely disposes of old hormones so that they do not return to the bloodstream.
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Get regulor exercise - and that does not have to mean going to the gym. Walking 1 .6 km (1 mile) a day can help increase the oxygen levels in your blood. This assists the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins, which in turn strengthens your immune system so that you are not as susceptible to catching colds and stomach bugs.