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Aerobic Exercise Physical exercise that involves or improves oxygen consumption by the body, enhancing cardiovascular conditioning.

Antioxidants Molecules that fight free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress and preventing cell damage.

Ayurveda An ancient Indian system of medicine that uses diet, herbal treatments, and yogic breathing to maintain or improve health.


Biofeedback A technique that teaches control over involuntary bodily functions, such as heart rate and muscle tension, through monitoring.

BMI (Body Mass Index) A measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.

Breathwork Various breathing practices aimed at improving mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) A psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors.

Cortisol A steroid hormone that regulates a wide range of processes throughout the body, including metabolism and the immune response.

Chiropractic A form of alternative medicine that involves diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints.


Detoxification The physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from the human body.

Dietitian A health professional who specializes in food and nutrition, helping people create healthier diets based on medical and individual needs.

Diaphragmatic Breathing A type of breathing exercise that engages the diaphragm, intended to help strengthen the diaphragm muscles and increase the efficiency of breathing.


Endorphins Natural pain relievers produced by the body, which also promote a sense of well-being.

Ergonomics The study of people's efficiency in their working environment, particularly used to develop ways to enhance comfort and performance.

Essential Fatty Acids Fats that are essential to human health but cannot be made in the body, thus they must be obtained from food.


Fascia A band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.

Functional Food Foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition, purported to promote specific health benefits.

Fermentation A metabolic process that produces chemical changes in organic substrates through the action of enzymes, used in improving digestive health.


Gluten A mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, like barley, rye, oat, and all their species and hybrids.

Glycemic Index A value assigned to foods based on how slowly or how quickly those foods cause increases in blood glucose levels.

Guided Imagery A relaxation technique that involves visualizing detailed images to promote physical, mental, or emotional healing.


Holistic Health An approach to life that considers multidimensional aspects of wellness; it encourages individuals to recognize the whole body, including physical, emotional, social, envoronmental and spiritual factors.

Homeopathy A system of alternative medicine based on the belief that the body can cure itself, using tiny amounts of natural substances like plants and minerals.

Hydration The process of causing something to absorb water, critical in maintaining optimal health.


Inflammation The body’s response to injury or disease, resulting in a condition of swelling, pain, heat, and sometimes redness.

Insomnia A common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep.

Intuitive Eating A philosophy of eating that makes you the expert of your body and its hunger signals.


Jogging Running at a steady, gentle pace as a form of physical fitness.

Joint Mobility The degree to which a joint can move before being restricted by surrounding tissues (ligaments/tendons/muscles etc.).

Juicing Extracting the natural liquids, vitamins, and minerals from raw fruits and vegetables, often used as a dietary supplement.


Ketogenic Diet A high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.

Kinesthetic Awareness The ability to know where your body parts are in three-dimensional space, used for improving body awareness and coordination.

Kombucha A fermented, slightly alcoholic, lightly effervescent, sweetened black or green tea drink commonly consumed for its supposed health benefits.


Lactose Intolerance A common digestive disorder where the body is unable to digest lactose, a type of sugar mainly found in milk and dairy products.

Lifestyle Medicine A branch of medicine dealing with research, prevention, treatment, and reversal of diseases caused by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical inactivity, and chronic stress.

Lymphatic Drainage A therapeutic massage treatment that helps stimulate the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.


Meditation A practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.

Mindfulness The psychological process of purposely bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, a core part of meditation.

Muscle Tone The continuous and passive partial contraction of the muscles, or the muscle's resistance to passive stretch during resting state.


Nutraceutical A pharmaceutical-grade and standardized nutrient that may be used to treat and prevent disease.

Neuroplasticity The ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.

Naturopathy A form of alternative medicine that employs an array of pseudoscientific practices branded as "natural", "non-invasive", or promoting "self-healing."


Osteopathy A type of alternative medicine that emphasizes physical manipulation of the body's muscle tissue and bones.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Essential fats the body cannot produce by itself; they play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.

Organic Foods Foods produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers.


Pilates A form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility.

Phytochemicals Bioactive chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants, which can have health-promoting properties.

Probiotics Live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system.


Qi Gong A system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training.

Quality of Life The general well-being of individuals and societies, outlining negative and positive features of life.

Quinoa An edible seed that has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as it contains all nine essential amino acids.


Reflexology A therapy based on the theory that points on the feet, hands, and head are linked to every part of the body.

Resilience The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness, especially in the context of emotional health.

Reiki A form of alternative therapy commonly referred to as energy healing, involving the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner's palms to their patient.


Superfoods A marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits as a result of an exceptional nutrient density.

Stress Management Techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person's level of stress, especially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of improving everyday functioning.

Sleep Hygiene The practice of following guidelines that can lead to improved sleep quality and daytime alertness.


Tai Chi A form of martial arts that involves slow, controlled, and low-impact movements that can be easy for beginners and those with health conditions.

Toxicity The degree to which a substance can damage an organism, which can involve chronic exposure to potentially harmful substances through our environment.

Transcendental Meditation A form of silent mantra meditation, developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, aimed at avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness.


Ultrasound Therapy A treatment used in physical therapy that uses sound waves to treat pain conditions and to promote tissue healing.

Umbilical Stem Cells Cells collected from the umbilical cord that have the ability to differentiate into various cell types, used in medical therapies.

Unsaturated Fats A type of fat containing a high proportion of fatty acid molecules with at least one double bond, considered healthier than saturated fats.


Vinyasa Yoga A style of yoga known for its fluid, movement-intensive practices. Vinyasa refers to the sequence of poses that are performed as part of the practice.

Veganism The practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals.

Vital Signs Clinical measurements, specifically pulse rate, temperature, respiration rate, and blood pressure, that indicate the state of a patient's essential body functions.


Wellness Coaching A process that aims to enhance the well-being of individuals by creating healthier habits and making healthier lifestyle choices.

Whole Foods Foods that are minimally processed and refined, making them closer to their natural form.

Water Therapy The use of water exercises and treatments, often in a pool, to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being.


Xerophagy A diet in which someone eats dry foods, especially as a form of religious fasting.

Xenobiotic A chemical compound (such as a drug, pesticide, or carcinogen) that is foreign to a living organism.

Xylitol A sugar alcohol used as a sweetener, which is seen as a healthier alternative to sugar in many foods.


Yoga A group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India, aimed at controlling the body and mind.

Yin Yoga A slower style of yoga with poses that are held for longer periods of time, aiming to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility.

Yogurt A food produced by bacterial fermentation of milk, widely consumed for its health benefits including its high protein content and probiotics.


Zinc An essential mineral involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism, immune function, and the maintenance of skin integrity.

Zumba A fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves, creating a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system.

Zen Meditation A type of meditation that originated in Buddhism, which emphasizes seated meditation and introspection.

This glossary will be continually updated as new concepts and practices emerge in the field of holistic health, ensuring it remains a current and valuable resource for everyone navigating this vital area of personal well-being.

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