At Wantirna Wellness we do not apply the ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to treatment. We are all individuals and have an individual pattern, even if we have similar signs and symptoms indicating that our bodies are not functioning optimally. Today I touch upon the idea of ‘Food as Medicine.’ I touched on the importance of digestive health – today I’m looking at how our digestive health and nutrition and modern medicine come together.
Our bodies were designed to combat disease, however the 20th century seems to concentrate on continually wanting to fight disease with antibiotics and other apparent ‘wonder’ drugs. (Note: I chat about prevention is better than cure here.) This approach has left the human body struggling to fight for itself, which has contributed to many modern day health concerns. We are constantly exposed to an array of toxins in our food and the environment – but we need our immune systems to help us cope with this bombardment of ‘nasties.’ It’s all very contradictory.
The 20th century was all about the quick fix; just give me a pill to make me feel better so I can get on with the job! Note that I said ‘job’, not ‘life’. We have a life too remember! I think that ‘work’ often forgets that we have a life, or maybe they don’t care? Quick fixes come with a high price tag, both physically and often monetary. Our health system (sicker than any of its patients) is not cheap and it’s getting worse.
So what do we need to do to get ourselves back on track? We need to make a change – become aware of ourselves, be mindful about how we work. Here’s a few basics to think about (and often just making small basic changes makes a big difference!):
Think about incorporating these foods into your diet: eggs, avocados, figs, green vegetables, wild salmon, olives (help stress and cell recovery), fish, seeds, nuts, good quality meat, fruit & vegetables.
‘Skim’ or ‘low-fat’ are the worst options – they are usually full of sugar. (Good quality protein will help decrease sugar cravings! Sugar is highly addictive and very hard to give up, but not impossible to reduce.)
Don’t forget good quality water, filtered water is best. Water helps flush toxins out of our body.
Room temperature or warm food is best as it is easier on our digestive system and keeps blood pumping through the body – this carries all the nutrients from our high density foods to our organs and systems to help them function best. (Cold foods lead to phlegm production and can cause imbalance in the digestive system.)
A few non-food related tips:
Good quality sleep is also an important one to remember!
Reducing everyday stress (it is the root cause of most health concerns)
Vitamin D is important for assisting our hormonal system to work efficiently – get some sunshine!
Ultimately it’s all about a balanced diet, low in processed foods and high in nutrient dense foods. We live in a country where these foods are readily available (and some of the best produce in the world is right here!). Let’s make the most of it. Help your body help itself – as I mentioned before, our bodies are designed to look after themselves. If we provide it with what it needs, rather than things to hinder it, it will reward you.
Love & light,