Most Americans don't think twice about putting their health in the hands of orthodox medical doctors, or their faith in the latest medical technology and drugs. After all, countless lives are saved because of modern medicine.
But a growing revolution known as alternative medicine is gathering speed, forcing both doctors and the public to rethink the treatments that provide overall health and longevity. Nearly 40% of American adults have tried some form of alternative therapies. As a nation we currently spend an incredible $34 billion on herbs, massages and yoga, just a few of alternative medicine's most popular healing techniques.
Here are the most vital alternative medicine secrets you need to know, revealed by 3 highly-esteemed pioneers in the field.
The Sacredness of Food
As prescribed by pioneer Kathy Freston
Best-selling author Kathy Freston who recently penned "The Quantum Wellness Cleanse," has inspired countless Americans to look at weight loss in a whole new way. Her key to a maintaining a healthy diet is simple and attainable: choose what you eat with integrity and care.
"People think they have to change everything overnight," said Freston. "We can make small changes, point ourselves in the direction of health and then just take those little steps and recreate momentum."
Conscious eating means thinking about what you put in your body. Freston, a vegetarian, recommends eating plant-based alternatives to animal foods to not only feel healthier, but to become a more conscious citizen of the world.
Kathy Freston's #1 Secret: A 21-Day Detox Plan
Kathy Freston's most important secret involves doing a "cleanse" once or twice a year to detox the body.
Here's how: eliminate caffeine, alcohol, gluten, animal products and sugar from your diet for 3 weeks. During that time eat healthy foods. Freston highly recommends foods associated with the Mediterranean diet, an eating lifestyle praised for its ties to heart health and longevity. Some Mediterranean diet staples include walnuts, chickpeas and other legumes, vitamin-rich leafy greens like kale, heart-healthy olive oil and fresh fruit, packed with phytonutrients.
Freston's detox plan may seem challenging, but you'll be rewarded with amazing energy and probably shed a few pounds to boot.