Self-care is probably the most subjective and individual of all the steps of living a healthy lifestyle. How I feel day-to-day, how my body responds to supportive measures, and the type of health issues I feel comfortable addressing myself is highly distinct to the me. While we have so much influence over our well-being through our lifestyle habits, some things are out of our control.
You have to be proactive instead of reactive with medical care, and this is exactly what doTERRA’s healthcare initiative is all about. No matter how healthy my daily habits are, there are those times when I need the attention and expertise of my trusted family physician. Stick to the road map outlined by the doTERRA Wellness Lifestyle Pyramid and create your own healthy habits for lifelong health and vitality.
Proactive Medical Care
The advancements in healthcare over the past century are astonishing. Today it is not transmittable diseases, but our own lifestyle behaviors that are the greatest risk factor for chronic disease and that have the greatest influence on our overall health and well-being. That being said, a relationship with a trusted medical professional is one of the foundational pillars of lifelong health. This is what the doTERRA healthcare initiative is all about: developing a relationship with medical professionals so you can be proactive instead of reactive about necessary medical care.
As you move towards taking more responsibility for your own health, it is paramount to understand the issues that may not necessitate the immediate attention of a medical professional. This is where the daily use of essential oils really shine, as a complement to modern medicine. Essential oils can support the proper function of different body systems on a daily basis, address minor blemishes, support feelings of clear breathing, protect against environmental threats, and more.* Becoming more informed about preventive health measures and how to be proactive about your health by creating daily essential oil regimens and using natural products is an important component in a lifestyle that supports overall health and well-being.
The foundation of lifelong health and vitality is how you fuel your body. A balanced and minimally processed whole food diet, complemented by the right nutritional supplements provides the essential macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to function at its peak and directly impacts the other components of the healthy lifestyle behaviors. Proper nutrition provides the energy for daily exercise and recovery, can help with sustaining proper rest habits and regulating stress levels, may assist in reducing how many toxins we consume, and supports the proper function of the many separate body systems that help maintain our long-term health and wellness so that the need for self-care and medical attention is minimized.
Reduce Toxic load
“Toxic load” refers to the volume of substances that have been accumulated in the body at any given time and the overall burden it places on the body systems and vital organs. Toxins come from countless sources, many of which we are not even aware of. Environmental threats, chemicals, and radiation are three of the most common categories. Technically, every substance that has a consistent chemical composition is a “chemical,” but in commonly used terms, a chemical is any substance (natural or synthetic) that can stress the body. Your body has a number of different passageways through which it is directly exposed to toxins and several different mechanisms that it uses to deal with this exposure. The three most vulnerable pathways are the lungs, the digestive tract, and the skin. We are directly exposed to toxins through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and anything that contacts our skin. While minimizing exposure to potentially harmful chemicals on a daily basis is the most effective method, you can be proactive about reducing toxic loads already in the body. Focus on a clean, whole food diet, detoxify with a regular dietary cleanse, and use all-natural household, skin, and hair care products to support your body’s own detoxifying processes.