Although the term “integrative medicine” is not a new one, its concepts are emerging at a rapid pace (at least that's what I like to tell myself). To be clear, an integrative approach to health care simply implies that we are not just treating a symptom, we are treating a whole person. With this in mind, and when I was outlining my RetroAging process, I took some time to think about those items of interest that make up a "whole person." Said differently, what are the components of a healthy person and lifestyle that each individual can understand and take responsibility for?
The answers are what you may expect. A basic overview of a healthy life includes a range from inner health and lifestyle choices to diet, exercise, positive and creative visualization. With this in mind then, there are 10 facets of your health you will want to keep fresh in your mind when considering the RetroAging process. Here, I've divided them into two groups - natural practices and body chemistry:
Natural Practices – Some Education Required:
1.) Food and nutrition
2.) Weight management
4.) Lifestyle choices (stress management and mind/body practices)
Body Chemistry – Some Medical Intervention Required:
1.) The brain and its chemistry
2.) Balancing of sex hormones
3.) Balancing of thyroid and adrenal hormones
4.) Balancing of blood sugar
5.) Digestion and food sensitivities.
To begin, now and in subsequent posts, we'll explore these bullets, each one in detail.
The take home message and your assignment for this lesson? Gather your tools. For this process, you will need to obtain a wellness journal, electronic or parchment (I love spiral notebooks). Next, take some time to consider how much water you are drinking (we like 64 ounces of filtered water daily), how you are breathing (see the attached articles below), your sleep practices (are you getting 8 hours every night?) and begin the practice of a daily stretch for your musculoskeletal system (the video above will help get you started).
That's all for now. This week, take into consideration these simple lifestyle activities. Look for ways to improve and begin to make small changes should you need to. Soon, we'll begin the heavy lifting!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura M. Turner, journalist, author and Certified Natural Health Practitioner is the creator of the Body Talk eZine: Nature's Anti-Aging Treasures Website. She invites you to join her "10 Years Younger" Campaign and to learn more about living younger, healing yourself and those you love with quality retail or wholesale Young Living essential oils and essential oil-based products. Visit today and begin a healthier tomorrow.