Holistic approaches for health education and health promotion

Modern approaches: moderate physical activity, a functional food-rich diet, reduction of body weight, control of blood pressure and blood lipids by drug therapy, cessation of tobacco and alcohol use, for health promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have only partial benefit on future risk of these diseases, despite the high health budget in high-income countries. Holistic approaches to health education and holistic health may provide better health and may be more successful in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and other chronic diseases. There is evidence that psychosocial stress, late night sleep and late night eating, as well as sleep deprivation, deficiency of nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and flavonoids can have adverse effects on brain-body mechanisms, resulting in obesity and insulin resistance, leading to CVDs and other chronic diseases. However, active prayer, kirtan krea, verbalization, yogasan and meditation, along with Mediterranean style-functional food-rich diet as well as nutraceuticals and herbs may be protective against NCDs. © 2017 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Itharat A.1 , Takahashi T.2 , Singh R.G.3 , Singh R.B. 4 , Krisentu K.5 , Lobenberg R.6 , Noguchi H.7 , Jantan I.8 , Istvan T.G.9 , Wilson D.W.10 , Shastun S. 11 , Buttar H.S.12 , Elkilany G.13 , Hristova K. 14 , Cornélissen G.15 , Hussain L.16 , Sulaeman A.17 , Singh M.18 , Srivastav R.K.19
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  • 1 Center of Excellence in Applied Thai Traditional Medicine Research, Thammasat University, Kluangnueng, KlongluangPathumthani, Thailand
  • 2 Graduate School of Human Environmental Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 3 Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  • 4 Department of Internal Medicine, Halberg Hospital and Research Institute, Moradabad, UP, India
  • 5 Faculty of Pharmacy, College of Oriental Medicine, Rangsit University, Thailand
  • 6 Facutly of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • 7 School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Shizuoka and Nihon Pharmaceutical University, Saitama, Japan
  • 8 Faculty of Pharmacy, University Kebangsaan, Malaysia
  • 9 Faculty of Pharmacy, Szeged and Pécs Universities, Pécs, Hungary
  • 10 Durham University, Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research, Swansea University, United Kingdom
  • 11 Department of Normal Physiology, People’s Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • 12 Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of OttawaON, Canada
  • 13 Department of Cardiology, Gulf Medical College, Ajnam, United Arab Emirates
  • 14 Department of Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging, National Heart Hospital, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 15 Halberg Chronobiology Center, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 16 Department of Food and Nutrition, National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt
  • 17 Department of Community Nutrition, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
  • 18 Deparment of Home Science, Women’s College, BHU, Varanasi, India
  • 19 Department of Community Medicine, BHU, Varanasi, India
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Functional foods; Nutraceuticals; Prayer; Protective factors; Risk factors
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