How many pieces is your puzzle missing?
My personal nine point recovery toolkit!
Recovery is complicated. The body is complicated, so it makes sense that recovery can be like a puzzle. How many pieces is your puzzle missing?
Your puzzle may be missing some key digestive pieces. Actually, thats where most of us probably sit. Or You may be missing a few blood sugar pieces to that puzzle! Or like most of us in this country, we are missing a whole lot of essential fatty pieces. Very quickly we are left with just a fraction of that once complete beautiful thousand piece puzzle!
Whatever your challenge, you will want to have a plan and a toolbox of foods and or supplements to help to create and rebuild some of those pieces. I say both because depending on where you are at, you may need to throw the kitchen sink at the issue or maybe you have just started to hear the cries of the body and take swift action. If that is you, you may not need to invest in supplementation so much and can resolve issue with diet corrections.
When I first embarked on taking more care of myself and taking more responsiblity for my health journey it was an adjustment! I love that I had a good team of people working with me though as it made it less daunting and I highly suggest finding a qualified therapist or resource to help guide you! I strive now to learn from my challenges and try to simplify things based on what I have learned and apply to my clients where we can. These are the high level things in my toolkit!
#1 Rebalance gut bacteria (Find a good probiotic and consume as many ferments as you can)
#2 Whole food nutrient dense diet (i.e no refined sugars is essential, avoid junky toxic foods)
#2 Digestive support (We are chronically low on HCL in this country, not the other way around)
#3 Support anti-inflammatory pathways (our Standard American Diets have shifted the balance toward the pro-flammatory pathway)
#4 Tissue Support (degredation of tissue from inflammation and eating foods that fuel the inflammatory fire cause damage that needs repair)
#5 Additional nutritional Support (In disease cases, nutrient absorption is an issue so finding a good quality multi is key)
#6 Toxin avoidance and removal (They are everywhere. Support the elimintation pathways first and try to avoid as many toxins as possible --think skin care, cleaning supplies)
#7 Vitamin S (Sleep/rest)
#7 Knowledge, determination and hope (Without these things you are a pinball getting bounced around aimlessly)
The important caveat here is that you absolutely need to make life long changes with this stuff. Reducing the overhead in the body is priority #1. If you continue to consume things devoid of nutrition without supporting the body, it will fail eventually. The body is a masterpiece creation, but will succumb to these things if you dont balance & support. It may not happen today, tomorrow, next week or next month. But it will happen in some way, shape or form in your lifetime. Pay now or pay later is how I like to look at it. I make sacrifices now so I can get healthier as I get older and not the other way around. How are you supporting your body these days?
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Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey