Guest Post: Helen Sanders
In this modern age of quick fixes and extreme, restrictive diets, it’s easy to fall into the pattern of thinking that there is a cure-all food, pill or workout. While nourishing food and an active lifestyle make up the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, there are many components that can ultimately impact your overall health.
Genetics, lifestyle choices, diet, activity level, stress, and environmental factors all play a role in how your body is able or unable to heal. Having just one of those facets unbalanced can contribute to you staying in a sick state. On an optimistic note, you can successfully heal yourself with some applicable insight into what’s going on inside of you. With that knowledge, you can then develop and practice an approach that will consider and rebalance all of the various aspects of optimum wellness.
Food is the Foundation
The food that you put into your body is your fuel. It’s what your body uses as energy, building blocks and even brain power. To be in a healthy state, you must find out how to properly feed your body so that all of your bodily systems are functioning on a high level.
One major component of many ailments is inflammation; which refers to a state of irritation, lack of function and deteriorated vitality in the given tissue or system as a whole. Fortunately, you can add some foods to your diet to help combat this inflammation. For that to be effective, it’s also important to eliminate the foods that are exacerbating the inflammation. Inflammation-causing foods often vary from person to person, likely because of food sensitivities.
Consider Food Sensitivities
Through exposure to stress, chemicals, toxins, additives, pollutants and genetically modified foods, humans can develop a leaky gut. Leaky gut syndrome essentially refers to stomach tissue lining that has been compromised and is allowing food particles into the bloodstream. These food particles are viewed by your body as intruders, thus your system develops antibodies towards them. This reaction by your body often manifests itself in excessive bloating, gas and discomfort after a meal.
The most common foods associated with food sensitivity are eggs, gluten, dairy, wheat, corn, soy, and nuts. Try eliminating the suspected culprits for thirty whole days and then adding them back in, one by one. Make sure to pay attention to how you feel while both eating or omitting each food item; a food journal is helpful for keeping track. This elimination method will help you identify food sensitivities if you have any.
Listen to Your Body
Everyone has heard the saying “ Everyone is different” in regards to diet and exercise. This is physiologically true. Every individual has their own unique genetic disposition, personal journey, current health state and metabolic type. Struggles vary from person to person and that should be taken into consideration when troubleshooting health issues.
It’s vital to listen to your body for signals along your healing journey. Regardless if your issue is chronic pain, headaches, musculoskeletal issues, cancer, or a degenerative condition, your intuition is a helpful tool. Most importantly, it’s paramount that you have a trained medical or naturopathic professional to help guide you in a direction that is safe and effective.
Try Healing Foods
An alkaline diet rife with low glycemic vegetables, fruit, lean proteins and healthy fat sources is generally accepted by integrative nutritionists to be a good starting point for healing.
Steering clear of gluten and dairy is often advised as well because both of them have been shown to cause inflammation in the body. Herbal tea, medicinal spices, and tinctures can help give your healthy diet a boost. A few examples include peppermint tea, turmeric, licorice root, ginger, cacao, aloe vera, ashwagandha, milk thistle, moringa, Himalayan sea salt, shilajit and mushrooms (like reishi, cordyceps, chaga and lions mane).
While certain foods, herbs, and supplements can help combat various illnesses, it’s crucial to realize that it’s not the only step you need to take to completely heal. Every aspect of your life plays a role in the health of your body. It will help expedite the process if you commit to doing your best in every aspect of your life. The level of intensity will be different from one individual to the next, based on the ailment at hand. Also, consider that you cannot out supplement a poor diet. Attempting that will be similar to putting a band-aid on a large wound or a small patch on a large hose leak. It ultimately will waste your money if you are not committed to the bigger picture. Luckily, healing is often simple in that you just need to give your body the right tools to thrive. It’s the constant dedication and commitment to wellness that’s more complex to tackle.
Helen Sanders is the chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.