Wouldn't it be nice to have the definition of all those fancy health and wellness terms at your disposal whenever you read an article, post or while you're involved in a conversation with the next wellness "expert" ?
Commonly used Wellness and Spiritual terms:
AURA: the energy field that surrounds the body
AWAKENING: is the realization that you are more than just a human and you are here to accomplish more...
ALKALINE: any substance having a base PH higher than 7
AMINO ACIDS: are small chains of protein
AYURVEDIC DIET: a system that uses the inherent principles of nature, to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individuals mind, body and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words "ayes" and "Veda" Ayes means life, Vedas means knowledge of the science. Ayurveda means "the knowledge of life" or "the science of life".
BALANCE: from a holistic perspective means devoting an equal amount of time and energy to the needs of the spirit and the needs of the physical body because they are integral parts of our being.
BIO-INDIVIDUALITY: a term coined by the school of Integrative Nutrition's
Cofounder Joshua Rosenthal; essentially it means that everyone is different, in terms of nutrition one man's food is another man's poison.
Creator/Source: is a term used to describe "all that is" within our experience. Regaining the knowledge that you have an aspect of Creator within the human body is the most important awakening realization.
CALORIES: a calorie is a unit of energy, much a like pound is a unit of Weight. The literal definition is the energy it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram water 1 degrees Celsius. Calories are energy that fuel our body; much like gasoline fuels our car. Without sufficient calories Are heart would not beat, our lungs would not function and our brain would not work. Most people have no idea how many calories our body needs to function. registered Dietician Flavia Herzog says in general, an adult needs 1000 to 14000 calories to have enough energy to fuel vital organs like the brain, heart and lungs.
CARBOHYDRATE: is used when referring to saccharides or sugar (monosaccharide, disaccharide, polysaccharide)
CHAKRAS: energy centers within our physical bodies.
COMPLEX CARBS: come from starches like cereal, bread, beans, potatoes And starchy vegetables.
Higher Self: is the ethereal high vibrational mental aspect of your soul that serves as a liason between your soul
and mind. discovering how to communicate with your higher self as a guide is essential in the spiritual awakening process.
going within is the method of finding your higher self. The truth and answers to any question can be answered by your higher self and is vital part of the discernment.
REIKI: a Japanese word (pronounced ray-key) that means Universal Life Force enrgy. Energy from the Universe
REIJU: is a spiritual blessing. It helps the Reiki student reconnect to their true nature, strengthens their connection to their spiritual enery. It also
helps clear the meridian or energy channels in the body so student are able to conduct more energy.
REFINED CARBS: are considered unhealthy carbohydrates. They complex car s have had the fiber stripped away so they act as simple carbohydrates do in the body. Theya are digested rapidly which causes a spike in blood sugar followed by a crash. They are essentially empty calories, some sources link refined carbs as a potential cause of Diabetes.
SPIRIT: the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the Soul
SPIRITUALITY: a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typicall involves a search for the meaning of life.
It's a Universal human experience that touches us all.
SIMPLE CARBS: there are two types of carbs, simple and complex. Are simple carbs come from foods like: milk, milk products, table sugar.
CARNIVORE: a person or animal that eats flesh
CHOLESTEROL: is a fat like substance most of which is produced in our liver, though some of it comes from the food we eat.
When it accumulates in your blood it can cause heart disease
DISACCHARIDE: is formed when two monosaccharides are joined together on complete hydrolysis.
ENRICHED FOOD: is a food to which nutrients are added which were removed at some point during processing. White bread is an example of a commonly enriched food.
FRAGMENTED FOODS: a term used to describe low quality foods that lack nutritional value, another term is "empty calories"
GLYCEMIC LOAD: (GL) is a ranking system for carbohydrate-rich food that measures the amount of carbohydrates in a serving of food. Foods with Glycemic Loads (GL) under 10 are considered low-GL food and have little impact on your blood sugar; GL between 10 and 20 have moderate impact on blood sugar, and above 20 high-GL foods than tend to cause blood sugar spikes.
GLYCEMIC INDEX: indicates how rapidly the carbohydrate is digested and released as blood (glucose) into the blood stream. In other words, how quickly food breaks down into sugar in your bloodstream. A food with a high GI raises blood sugar more than a food with a medium low GI.
GOOD SOURCES: Avocados, Salmon (wild caught), mackerels, pasture raised meats, edamame, wild rice, walnuts, canola oil, flax seeds/oils, beans
GREEN DRINKS: juice made from fresh green leafy vegetables
HDL CHOLESTEROL: good or healthy cholesterol (carries the cholesterol back to the liver where it's broken down)
LDL CHOLESTEROL: lousy cholesterol or bad cholesterol (is more likely to clog Blood vessels because it carries the blood away from the liver into the bloodstream where it can stick to the vessels.
HYDROGENATED OIL: prolongs the shelf life of processed foods and fast foods.
JUICER: an appliance that is used to extract juice from fruits and vegetables
LEGUMES: a pod such as that of a pea or bean, that splits into two valves with the seeds attached to one edge of the valve. Eg. Peas, nuts, beans, lentils
MACRO NUTRIENTS: (fat, carbohydrates, protein)
MICRO NUTRIENTS: (vitamins, minerals, photochemical ad) per calorie
MACROBIOTIC DIET: isn't really a diet as much as it is a way of life. It promotes the consumption of mostly grains and unprocessed foods
MINERALS: any substance that is neither plant or animal; it's an inorganic substance occurring naturally in the earth and having a consistent and distinctive set of properties, usually a crystalline structure, hardness and color etc.
MONOSACCHARIDE: a carbohydrate that can't be reduced to a simple sugar
TRIGLYCERIDES: are the main form of fat in our body and in the diet, they Provide energy , insulate the body, protect the internal organs from shock, And help the body use carbohydrates and protein efficiently. High triglycerides or too much fat in the blood is linked to chronic diseases like Some cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity (Diabesity)
NETWORK SPINAL ANALYSIS: is a chiropractic technique that regards your body as a whole integrated system, not just bones. It taps into the body's own potential to heal itself. NSA uses a gentle touch to the skin along specific areas where the protective covering of the spinal cord connects to the spine. Each touch works to clear up interference throughout your nervous system. Once the pathways begin to clear your body and brain can communicate more effectively with each other which promotes emotional, physical and spiritual healing.
NUTRIENTS: compounds in the environment that plants and animals need to grow and survive
OMEGA 3's: any of several polyunsaturated fatty acids found in leafy green vegetables and vegetable oils and fish capable of reducing serum cholesterol levels and having anti coagulant properties; Basically Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory benefits and help prevent heart disease, whereas Omega-6s lower blood cholesterol and support the skin.
PESCATARIAN: this term is occasionally used to describe those that abstain from eating all animal meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish
PH BALANCE: stands for potential of hydrogen, measures the acid or alkaline levels in a solution. When we are talking about the PH Balance in the body, we're primarily talking about the ph of the fluids that are in and surrounding the cells, tissues and organs
PROCESSED FOOD: although definitions vary of what constitutes processed foods, they typically refer to foods that are packaged in boxes, bags or cans. These foods need to be processed extensively to be edible, and are not found as is in nature. Processed foods contain additives, artificial flavoring and other chemical ingredients. To maximize your health and get the most nutrition consume whole foods as much as possible.
PROTEIN: in terms of the overall health and function of the human body, protein is essential for building and repairing things, your organs, muscle skin, hair, nails, bones and certain hormones are all made up of some amount of protein. It's an absolute requirement for sustaining life and proper function.
REIKI: is a Japanese word pronouced ray-key, it's a form of hands on (or off) relaxation and stress reduction healing treatment .
RAW FOODIST: believe this diet is a way of life and that uncooked, unprocessed plant food leads to a leaner body, clearer skin and higher energy. They also believe it cuts disease. Staples in the raw food diet include: Seaweed, Sprouts, sprouted seeds, whole grains, end, dried fruit, nuts etc.
SATURATED FATS: a type of animal fat or vegetable fat found in butter, meat, Egg yolks, coconut and palm oil that in humans tend to increase Cholesterol levels.
TRANSFATS: are made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through a process called hydrogenation, which ultimately prolongs the self life of food.
SERVING SIZE: the portion of a food used as a reference on the nutrition label of that food. The recommended portion of food to be eaten.
SMOOTHIES: is a blended, sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit and in some cases can contain chocolate & peanut butter
SUPERFOOD: nutritional heavyweights that naturally contain large doses of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
SUPPLEMENTS: are vitamins, minerals, herbs, fiber, fatty acids, amino acids etc. intended to provide nutrients that may otherwise not be consumed in sufficient quantities.
VEGAN: a vegan will not eat any animal products. No meat fish or other products that comes from killing an animal such as animal fats and gelatins. No dairy products, no eggs or food containing eggs, no honey. Some would go so far as to say true Vegans don't purchase items made from animals, like leather, silk, fur, ivory etc.
VEGETARIAN: a vegetarian does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish or fowl and in some cases any food derived from animals ( Vegans)
VITAMINS: are organic compounds which are need in small quantities to sustain life. We get vitamins from food because the human body either does not produce enough of them or none at all.
WHOLE/HOLISTIC FOODS: are foods that are unprocessed, and unrefined or processed and refined as little as possible before they are consumed. They typically don't contain added salt, carbohydrates or fat.
COMMONLY USED TERMS & DEFINITIONS