Living Magazine doTERRA Summer 2018 Living Magazine - Page 4

DAILY HEALTH HABITS Dr. David K. Hill, D.C., Founding Executive, Chief Medical Officer and Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee When I decided it was time to begin taking my own health more seriously, I didn’t have to look very far for a road map. Health isn’t about an extreme diet or exercise program, but a lifestyle focused on healthy sustainable habits—the six principles that make up the do-TERRA Wellness Lifestyle Pyramid. PROACTIVE MEDICAL CARE INFORMED SELF CARE REDUCE TOXIC LOAD REST & MANAGE STRESS 2 Exercise Burning a few extra calories through increasing physical activity had to be a component of my new lifestyle and that meant the occasional discomfort that can accompany increased exercise. As regular date nights at the movies became hikes and neighborhood bike rides, Deep Blue ® Soothing Blend and Deep Blue ® Rub became my daily companion. With my increased activity levels, I found that it was most con­ venient to keep a bottle of both the oil and the rub in a desk drawer close to my front door. EXERCISE EAT RIGHT 1 Eat Right Cleaning up my diet, which included drastic changes to both what and how much I was eating, wasn’t that complex, but there were some factors that you don’t always consider. Even those who have the cleanest of diets often fall short when it comes to meeting their body’s nutri­tional needs, which makes supplementing your diet with do-TERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack ® (LLV) critical for anybody seeking optimal health. Starting every day with LLV along with my breakfast and including it with dinner is the foundation of my daily health habits. One of the lesser known side effects of a diet composed of mostly highly processed foods is its effect on the inner workings of your gut. We’re beginning to discover that the health of your gut microbiome doesn’t only influence digestion, but also may have significant impacts on metabolism, weight management, and several other health factors. Supporting a healthy intestinal microflora balance by supplementing my new diet with PB Assist ® + Probiotic Defense Formula became a part of my day-to-day regimen. And as bad as my previous eating habits were, your body will adapt to anything. With a digestive system accustomed to highly processed food, the whole food diet I was embarking on would be an uncomfortable change. DigestZen TerraZyme ® provided those active whole-food enzymes and the tummy tamer blend necessary for gastrointestinal comfort and food tolerance.* Health and longevity begin with how you fuel your body; the nutritional building blocks provided by a diet composed of whole foods and supplemented by LLV, PB Assist+, and DigestZen TerraZyme is the foundation of any health-promoting plan.* 4 Rest and Manage Stress You never really appreciate how important rest and stress management are until a lack of them is already having a powerfully negative impact on your overall health. Setting up a consistent bedtime routine and actionable steps to address stress are paramount for overall health and well-being. This is where Lavender and do-TERRA Balance ® come in. I start each day by putting do-TERRA Balance on the bottoms of my feet to promote calmness, and I end the day by diffusing Lavender as I prepare for sleep. The powerful combination of those two oils helps me maximize the times of the day that are meant for recovery. 4 3 Informed Self-Care / Proactive Medical Care Reduce Toxic Load Reducing toxic load is becoming even more important to me as we begin seeing longitudinal data that supports the logical notion that our environment and the caustic substances we expose ourselves to can have real long-term health effects. One of the more interesting recent studies I read found that exposure to cleaning products has a direct negative impact on long-term respiratory health (Svanes). This recent evidence has only strengthened my views about using natural products, minimizing exposure to toxins, and supporting the body’s natural pathways of detoxification. This means using citrus essential oils in a variety of contexts. Along with using do-TERRA On Guard ® products around the hou