Definition of holistic: Relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than analysis of, treatment of, dissection of individual parts. Therefore, holistic healing refers to the integration of body, mind, and spirit and in-turn, bringing these aspects into balance. The holistic perspective views the human body as a whole unit made up of intricate systems that depend on one another to function efficiently and optimally. Although food is the foundation of holistic nutrition, proper digestion is required for the optimal use of nutrients consumed. Poor digestion is the precursor to many illnesses and diseases; therefore, optimization of the health of the gastrointestinal tract is critical to holistic healing. Poor gastrointestinal functioning can have a significant impact on body, mind and spirit for a multitude of reasons. The human body has an innate ability to heal; however, it needs the proper environment to do so. This includes both internal and external environments.
Holistic nutrition also recognizes that diversity among ethnicity and population is as important as diversity in the diet. The heritage and biochemical individuality of a person must be considered when formulating a healthy nutrition plan. Nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all, nor is any particular “diet” best for everyone (i.e. Paleo, vegan, raw, low-carbohydrate). Our nutrition is best determined considering a combination of variables, and this can change regularly and seasonally. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” as stated by Hippocrates, is a commonly used phrase in integrative healing. The earth is full of nutritive substances for the human body and the medicinal properties of food, herbs, etc. will vary for each person.