Balance Your Body

Most people encounter factors in daily life that can have negative effects on their overall health and wellbeing. These can come from both the internal and external environment. These negative disturbances can cause an overall imbalance in homeostasis–the natural balance of the body systems and health. This imbalance causes our body to function at a sub-optimal level, even when they do not directly result in disease.

Stress

There are a myriad of things that can elevate stress levels in the body: emotional distress, career choices, family discord, financial worries, lack of rest, and the list goes on. Studies have shown that high stress levels over time can contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease, depression, insomnia, and ulcers. Stress also negatively impacts the immune system, which leaves the body increasingly vulnerable to pathogens.

Stress causes the body to increase production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in charge of vital nervous system functions. While serotonin works to monitor emotional and nerve health at normal levels, it can destroy white blood cells when the levels become elevated, resulting in a weakened immune system. Stress also causes increased levels of cortisol and epinephrine in body, further weakening immune response.

Toxic Insult

The immune system is made up of a large network of organs and varied cell types that carry out a range of interrelated functions. Its interconnectedness leaves it very vulnerable to toxins. The normal functioning of the immune system can be easily hampered by a number of factors: environmental, dietary, medical interventions, among others.

Exposure to a wide array of toxic insults including disease-causing pathogens, hormone or pesticide contaminated food products, increasing levels of free-radical pollution, and overexposure to radiation all contribute to the weakening of the immune system. Immunity depends on the ability of the body to produce effective white blood cells, complementary proteins, and other cell and body barriers. Any level of toxic insult can cause the immune system to underperform.

Inflammation

When bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat, or any other cause injures body tissues, the inflammatory response is triggered. The increased consumption of foods containing pro-inflammatory components (foods high in polyunsaturated vegetable oils and trans-fats) together with high carbohydrate and low protein consumption contribute to increased inflammation in body tissues.

Stress, with its accompanying imbalance of cortisol, can also contribute to chronic uncontrolled inflammation and various immunological dysfunctions. Studies increasingly show a direct link between chronic illness, inflammation, and fatal disease. Inflammation is also harmful to the body’s autonomic balance because of its pain inducing effects.

Autonomic Imbalance

The opposite of homeostasis, an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system (also known as the ANS, or visceral nervous system) can negatively impact health in a number of ways. Recent research has shown a direct connection between autonomic imbalance and hypertension (high blood pressure). There is also evidence that autonomic imbalance can lead to cardiovascular morbidity and even mortality. Autonomic imbalances can result from a number of sources; the major ones are mentioned above: stress, decreased immunity, and inflammation.

Restoring Homeostasis

Restoring homeostasis can reduce the physiological impact of stressors on the body. dōTERRA’s AromaTouch Technique is a clinical approach to applying essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back and feet to help balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body. Developed by Dr. David Hill, a leading expert in integrative medicine and therapeutic applications of essential oils, the AromaTouch Technique improves wellbeing by reducing physical and emotional stressors and by supporting healthy autonomic function. The technique uses dōTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils for an unparalleled grounding experience for recipients.

If you are interested in experiencing an AromaTouch session, book an appointment today!

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