Health restoration is a process!
The human body is amazing. If you consider all that your body does to sustain life, you’d be shocked. All of us have been grateful we’ve not had to consciously think about breathing or making our heart beat. Have you considered some of the deeper functions of your body? How do they restore health? What about digesting and extracting specific nutrients and delivering them to the systems and organs at the right moment or the right space to perform the needed function? What are those nutrients and functions and where are they located in the body? Just pondering that one aspect is enough to make anyone back up and realize how intricate our bodies are. What about cellular regeneration? What if you had to consciously think about all that would go into regenerating old, dying, or damaged cells? From my basic high school biology class, I’d have to say many of us wouldn’t make it to see lunchtime! The restoration of health is an intricate process. We may not need to consider it from a cellular level, but we certainly need to think of it from a fuel perspective.
The human body is designed to sustain life and maintain health. It reacts to the environment it’s in and will compensate to do so. Sometimes that’s encapsulating damaged cells and toxins in a mass so that they don’t cause further damage to the body. Sometimes that means resting on your back so your body remains still and heals. While we see these situations as sickness, in reality, these are the signals our bodies give us that something is wrong and the actions it takes to correct them. The body wants to heal. Why then do some bodies seem to always be in a state of illness or disease?
Fuel choice is important!
Imagine you are driving along the highway and you notice your gas gauge is near the red E. You pull into the nearest gas station. You’re in a hurry and notice that all of the pumps are full with cars waiting. Ahhh, but you notice around the corner where all of the 18-wheelers are filling up. It works for them, why wouldn’t it work for your sporty little car? As you begin pumping in the diesel, you notice a few looks but you think nothing of it. You finish up and start the engine to head back to the highway. As you get back on your merry little way, rather proud of your unconventional solution, your car starts lunging and stalling like a carnival ride. What happened? You didn’t give your car the right fuel. In fact, you poisoned it. You didn’t save time nor money as convenient as those pumps were to get through quickly. Your car shut down and now you are forced to fix it.
Your body works in the same way. When you properly fuel your body, it will run efficiently and effectively to take you through life to get to your goals. When you don’t, the journey won’t be nearly as fast nor comfortable as you were hoping. Consider the 3 T’s we talk about in chiropractic care that influence your body. Trauma, toxins, and thoughts. These three things are either the proper fuel for your body or the poison that will cause it to break down. You can either eat junk, abuse your body, and fill your mind with toxic thoughts, or you can clean up your thinking, your eating, and allow your body to do the beautiful work of healing.
Food is fuel!
Let’s look at foods. A healthy, nutrient-rich diet is also vital for healing processes. Your body needs it for optimal health and energy. Conversely, your diet can be a major source of environmental toxins, which build up and put an enormous amount of strain on your entire system. Diet can also cause inflammation and contribute to digestive disorders.¹ With a bit of study and research, you can find so many healthy foods that will serve as the right fuel.
Leafy greens like kale, arugula, spinach, and so many more are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that will help reduce inflammation in the body, support immune function, and help in healing wounds.² Good fuel!
Nuts and seeds are a fantastic way to boost good, healthy fats. They are a good source of zinc, vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant in your body, protecting against cellular damage. It’s also critical for immune health.² That cellular level healing that we’re all grateful we don’t have to think about to perform. It’s easier to remember to grab a handful of healthy nuts and seeds instead!
Organ Meats. One of my favorite things to tell people to eat! Many of us think of them as the weird, gross meats we used to have to eat at Grandma’s house. Organ meats are some of the most nutritious foods you can eat. They boast many immune-supportive nutrients, including vitamin A, iron, zinc, B vitamins, and copper, which is needed for the production of connective tissue and collagen.²
What is the right fuel for you?
There’s one very important thing to consider in all of this. How is YOUR body functioning? Will it be able to use these good, healthy fuels to get you where you need to go? Are the fuels you’re choosing good and healthy for YOUR body? The only way to know that is not to guess but to test! If your body is allergic to a food and it causes an immune response, it will do more damage than healing. Are your body’s functional pathways prepared to do what they need to do with the fuel you are giving it? Does your liver need some additional support? Do you still have a gallbladder? All of these things need to be considered also. We’re here to help! Reach out to The Wellness Way to get started on your path to restore health.