Using “food as medicine” and lifestyle choices to impact health outcomes can be helpful. Yet, when taken to the extreme these tools can cause harm. When health and fitness are viewed as a moral issue, damage to relationships and unhealthy thoughts and cultural norms can ensue.
For several weeks, I’ve been sharing evidence that our diet, behaviors, environmental exposures, thoughts, perceptions, relationships, and cultural beliefs all have a profound impact on our physiology by modulating our genes. These latter concepts that what we believe and think can effect wellness may be harder for some to grasp than the physical factors.
In my latest post, I explore how nourishing thoughts, relationships, and empowering beliefs are the environmental factors that are the missing links in healing today. I discuss that sacrificing loving relationships and a contented life in the name of a specific dietary,fitness, or health practice can be causing more harm than good. I also highlight how healthism and weight stigma could be fueling eating disorders and the dangers of viewing body size as “risk marker.”
Learn more about this topic in my latest article, “Honoring Our Kinships and Relationships – The Danger of Placing the Quest for Health Above Connections.”
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
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