Nadira El-Jenkins

From a young age, Nadira knew her calling in life was to help others heal. After high school Nadira pursued the study of Nursing and soon realized that traditional medical practices were not healing many of the patients she was seeing and she knew there had to be a more natural way of healing oneself. Nadira further her studies at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) to become Holistic Wellness Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist. Today, Nadira’s passions have brought her to St. Croix and she wants to share her tools, knowledge, and skills with all who are seeking a more holistic way of life! Her newest wellness adventure in St. Croix has led to the creation and manifestation of Intrinsic Souls Holistic Wellness and Retreats. The wellness center offers a comprehensive list of holistic services from meditation/yoga classes, energy/reiki work, to live food cooking classes. Check out our website intrinsicsouls.com!

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Holistic Nutrition: Learn to Heal Yourself With Food

Posted by Nadira El-Jenkins on 8/22/16 4:27 PM

In today’s society, most Americans are used to treating any illness or disease with some lab-created pill in hopes of healing or prevention. A few years ago and after several visits to my doctor, I learned that my blood pressure was high and he was recommending that I start taking daily medication to help stabilize it. After going home with a prescription, I decided to do some research on side effects. It seems easy enough to just take a pill, however after reading the long list of common reactions, I was scared to take it. Plus, thinking about having to take it for life left me wondering what my other options were.

Being curious about natural remedies, I began to do a little research. I wondered if there were options that did not include chemicals, or the “band aid” approach: I wanted to lower my blood pressure, but I wanted to change the root of the problem, not just mask a symptom. I knew my diet wasn’t where it should be. In holistic wellness, we look at the body as a whole organism and consider the ways to treat it in its entirety, not just individual parts. I knew holistic nutrition was a huge piece and by focusing on the foods I put into my body, I hoped I would see some positive changes, including my blood pressure. If we supply our bodies with the necessary things to support our intricate body systems, we can and will heal most illnesses. It made more sense to me to simply eat well, in order to lower my blood pressure, rather than changing nothing and popping a pill. More than two years later, I still have normal blood pressure and I wanted to share how I healed myself with wiser food choices.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, SOUL Food

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