The human body has a tremendous ability to self-heal. Some symptoms just need time to wear off, while others can be managed naturally or via traditional, non-invasive therapies. Medical interventions may not be necessary in these cases.

Think about it. If you call up the doctor's clinic to make an appointment to get your baby's diaper rash checked out, there's a good reason the nurse will tell you to add baking soda to the baby's tub and make your baby sit in the warm water for 10 minutes. If your baby has an upset stomach, then the nurse will most probably ask you to feed him/her applesauce and toast, and wait and watch if the symptoms persist after 2-3 days.

In some cases, the intervention may work better and be more cost-effective if it comes from a therapy clinic instead of allopathic/conventional medicine. Here's a look at four main ways to improve your health and overall well-being.

1. Eat healthy

While this may seem like a no-brainer, it is the very thing that we tend to ignore. Healthy eating involves consuming a variety of foods that nourish your body with the nutrients necessary for optimal functioning. It means understanding the food groups, how the body derives nutrients from these foods, and what happens to the food in the body. Based on your existing health conditions (if any) and allergies (if any), design a healthy eating plan keeping in mind portion size and ensuring that you actually enjoy eating your meals.

2. Maintain healthy weight

Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of health problems, including coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea. You can keep your weight under control by:

  • Choosing to eat healthy, low-fat foods
  • Replacing sugary drinks with water or fresh fruit juice
  • Being active for at least 30 minutes a day
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Making healthy choices when eating out
  • Sitting less and moving more!

3. Reduce stress

Minor stress is not harmful; at the most, it can cause stomach ache, but this can easily get problematic if you feel stressed out quite often at work, home or in public gatherings. However, chronic stress is debilitating, interfering with your day-to-day life and triggering an unhealthy lifestyle. The findings of a study indicate that chronic stress can lead to disease owing to changes in the body or undesirable habits - such as smoking or overeating – that people rely on to cope with stress.

One of the most effective stress relief tips is massage therapy, which lowers blood pressure and heart rate, relaxes muscles, and boosts the production of 'feel good chemicals' – endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. Massage therapy benefits extend to pain relief, restful sleep, post-injury rehabilitation, alleviating digestive disorders and headaches.

4. Take vitamin and mineral supplements

While vitamin and dietary supplements should not be considered as food substitutes, they are useful if your fast-paced lifestyle doesn't leave you time to plan and cook healthy meals. If, for some reason, the food you consume every day doesn't include essential nutrients, supplementation can prevent deficiencies that can cause chronic conditions.