Nutrition and Healing

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I have always known that nutrition plays a big part in our health and have been interested in this for the last 12 years. I know this is imperitive to address with my clients and to integrate this into the treatment of every person for the best and most effective healing. But, let's face it, addressing the whole person, and convincing them to change some things, can be: work!  However, if we don't address those things, we are only treating a problem, not the individual as a whole, and the desired affects will not be nearly as wonderful as if we address the person as a whole.   After studying medical Therapeutic Yoga through Ginger Garner's program, I can no longer address any therapy patient or client without adressing nutrition and lifestyle ( including, social support, mental, spiritual health). We have to treat the whole person and look at all aspects of life.
Food has a big role. It can be our safest most effective medicine or our slowest killer.  Even one good meal can start us in the right direction to healing!  We must learn what foods are anti-inflammatory and healing and focus on introducing these and using these in our lifestyle.  No diets, just eat to live!

The other thing I must consider in healing those that suffer from DR is cortisol levels and stress in our lives.  We will always have stressors in our lives, but whether we can step out of our situation and still be in a calm state can and be in a state of higher mindfulness can determine how our body reacts to these stressors, good or bad. Thus, meditation, breathing and mindfulness, even if it is just 2 or 5 minutes a day, can help us tap into our higher self and lower cortisol levels and be in a state of healing instead of constant fight or flight stress.  The tupler technique effectively teaches how to belly breathe, so practice it!!  Take two , five, ten or twenty minutes a day to belly breathe, as  un-distracted as possible. You must take time each day to be still.

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Nutrition & Connective Tissue

The body is a “nutrient driven” machine, continuously breaking down and rebuilding connective tissue on a daily basis. This happens in both a state of injury and non-injury.  However, during a state of injury, healing connective tissue requires many more nutrients. Good nutrition is vital as repair places a great demand on the body's stores of existing nutrients.
There is now scientific evidence to support that “nutritional” therapy is a key factor in connective tissue repair. By creating the correct “nutritional environment” we can stimulate new growth and accelerate the repair process. So it is important for people working on closing their diastasis to pay attention to the nutritional component of healing connective tissue.
Along with nutrition, other things to consider are stress, lack of sleep and exposure to environmental toxins. These all affect our hormone levels, resulting in two things:
  1. Increased cortisol.  Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland. One of its functions is to inhibit inflammatory and immune responses. This is a problem when healing connective tissue because inflammation is a natural response to injury and it is important to keep it in balance. Meaning, that you do not want to either prevent this process from occurring or have it continue for too long a time. Prolonged inflammation causes pain and dysfunction. Totally stopping inflammation with increased cortisol levels or medication can result in delayed healing.  Vitamin C and zinc are helpful for “control” of inflammation.
  2. Decreased glucose absorption into cells and therefore an inability to make glucosamine. Glucosamine is an “amino sugar” that consists of glucose (sugar) and glutamine, an amino acid. Glucosamine helps cartilage hold water which is vital to cartilage health. 
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