When given the right fuel and the right stimulus your body has an amazing ability to heal itself. The right fuel does not come in a pill and the right stimulus is not a knife. Yes there are times for drugs and surgery, but that usually comes when you have ignored and neglected your problems for so long things have gotten out of hand. The right fuel is healthy food and the right stimulus is proper exercise. If you are consistent with that you won’t need the pills or the surgery.
The right food is different for everybody. We all have varied food intolerances. What might be a super food for most might be the worst thing you can eat. Everybody has a diet that they’re passionate about, but the truth is we are all individuals and while a low carb diet might work for me it won’t necessarily work for you. The best way to find out is food testing. The cheapest way to figure it out is through an elimination type diet. That being said there are some basic ideas that should guide us all in the “good fuel” department.
- Eat organic and non GMO whenever possible.
- Eat lots of various colored vegetables. I had a patient this morning tell me, “I hate vegetables.” Learn to cook them right, and learn to love them!
- Lose grains, or at the very least drastically reduce them. We get all the fiber we need from fruits and vegetables.
- Drink plenty of filtered water.
- Get enough healthy fat in your diet. Salmon, avocados, olive oil, and some raw nuts are some of the healthy fats.
As for exercise, again this is very individualized. Just as we have food intolerances, we all tolerate exercises differently. Here are some ideas to guide us in the exercise department.
- Do lots of core work on a daily basis. As I have said this does not include crunches. See my Facebook page for lots of posts on core exercises.
- As one of my favorite physical therapists, Gray Cook says, learn how to move well and then move often.
Learning how to move well is where a movement specialist like myself comes in. You might have a mobility or stability issue that keeps you from moving optimally and that is when you need to be guided in the right direction. My goal is to be your guide toward the right path, not to be a crutch. That is why I shy away from long treatment plans. There are people who do need a lot of work, but most people just need to be nudged in the right direction and then maybe tweaked from time to time. So get to a functional medicine and movement specialist and get nudged in the right direction.