I recently had a wake up call regarding my health. Another reminder that I need to make personal some of those healthy changes that I teach to others. I know what is true, I know what I need to do. Making change is often best done one step at a time. Big goals can be overwhelming. Or is this just how it is for me? The finish line seems so far away - and then when it comes to healthy choices - we are never truly finished. Right?
Recently, in a coaching session I was turned on to the 5% rule. What if today, I just give 5% more toward the goal. Don't take it all on in a day. So, I've been doing that. Of course, I have chosen to do the easiest 5% up until now. Now I'm at the hard stuff, hard for me. After a full month or more of not doing even the 5% more, I recruited accountability - someone who inspires me through the level of discipline they are committed to, and doesn't pretend that it is easy - and I asked my wonderful sister-in-law to hold me accountable to my fitness goals. Best thing I could have done! Knowing that she is going to ask gives me that additional motivation to get moving. She is good at it too!
So, as I tackle my goals one step at a time (literally) and learn to approach wellness as prevention instead of repair, I immediately wanted to share this article.
"It is the culmination of daily choices that will create the sum total of our health-care outcomes; do we chose to repair or prevent?"
Right now, I still have some repairing to do. It is definitely more difficult than preventing! Thing is, just one preventative change can affect many outcomes. My first step toward a lifestyle of wellness and prevention was implementing the use of essential oils into my every day life. I am so glad that I did! Using essential oils has given me the energy and strength to tackle the other bad habits I had adopted.
I am determined to focus our energy on powerful and productive health habits.
Learn more from Dr. David Steuer, specifically some of the steps that we can take toward wellness from a prevention perspective: READ ON...
Essential oils are very powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are atoms with at least one unpaired electron and are created naturally buy the body during metabolism. The body uses free radicals to perform important roles in gene transcription, cell signaling, and other regulatory functions.
The problem is when free radicals outnumber the body’s natural antioxidants. Exposure to environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, and cigarette smoke can also create free radicals. This imbalance leads to cell injury and death.
If a free radical is not properly managed, it can cause a chain reaction by creating even more free radicals out of normal atoms. This sequences leads to damage to proteins, DNA, and tissue, as well as the triggering of a number of human diseases. Essential oils, omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, and certain vitamins have been shown to act as inhibitors of free radical generation and can help diminish oxidative stress and harmful free radical production, helping the body fight disease and damage.
That’s good news, I think! Right? As you use your oils on a daily basis, besides the benefit of feeling more energized, more comfortable… this is all going on “behind the scenes”. I want to keep my cells happy, don't you?
Free radicals are molecules with an unpaired electron which travel throughout the body's systems and "steal" electrons from healthy cells, damaging them in the process. Elevated free radical levels have been linked to many diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease and diabetes. They are also associated with accelerated aging
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN