You know that saying you are what you eat? Or as my nutrition friend Stephanie Morish would say “you are what you digest.” This is a popular saying for a reason…….because it’s truth! And when we talk about having strong, healthy tissue to withstand active lifestyles and many years of living……what we eat & digest makes up the building blocks for our tissue. So if you’re looking to prevent injury, increase mobility and/or improve your fitness you better be dialed in to your nutrition & digestion.
For those of you who have followed me, you know I’m not a nutritionist. I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy and nutrition is out of my scope of practice (except apparently the nutrition laws in Colorado are very lenient and anyone can provide nutrition advice!). However, I began studying nutrition in undergrad and really delve into it during a personal experience in 2008. After practicing for almost 5 years I have truly seen that patients who aren’t dialed in to their nutrition/digestion heal slowly and tend to com back injured often. Those who are dialed in, heal fast and reach their goals sooner. So I can’t avoid the nutrition talk with my patients, nor would I want to. It’s such a key piece to healing and excelling in movement. So I have found a fabulous network of nutrition specialists in the Denver area whom I refer to, learn from and do workshops with to continuously help shorten the gap between food & movement.
I constantly have patients asking me what supplements to take, or general nutrition advice. I will speak my opinions in addition to referring where I see fit. I would usually also send them to Thrive Market, since I feel their company does a great job at selling high quality products. Last year I started using therapeutic grade essential oils with my patients, helping bring non-toxic pain relief, healing and healthy tissue to those in need. These oils have created a whole new world for my patients, allowing them to heal in an environment that doesn’t make their tissues weak, slow healing or wreck their digestion (most of the over-the-counter meds do). In addition to the therapeutic grade essential oils helping with tissue health, I have enjoyed learning about and using the supplements that DoTerra has created to help support a healthy body. A few of my nutrition friends out here love them too, so double bonus! This is why I have decided to add supplement options to my Thrive Movement & Mobility Challenge (next one starts July 11th and it’s all online!!) Here are the ones I recommend (click on images for more detail) in addition to a healthy, nutritious diet:
Fish oil helps control inflammation which prevents weakening of tissue which leads to injury
Helps to balance out the omega 6/3 balance without containing fish
Contains all the goodies our body needs to function, which we may not be getting from our food because even when we’re eating clean the modern soil is missing a lot of key ingredients.
I recommend this to all patients recovering from injury/surgery. I also know a lot of athlete’s who use it to manage soreness when they’re training hard.
Last, but not least, you are what you digest! The gut plays a huge role in movement and lack thereof. There’s a lot that goes into digestion and I am by no means an expert BUT this supplement contains amazing things to help aide in digestion. And helps digest gluten when you’re out to eat and may eat something that’s been cross-contaminated with gluten. Since gluten for most of us = inflammation it’s a good thing to control when trying to avoid more inflammation at the tissue level. Also check out these 4 foods for tissue health from Clara Wisner of Revolutionary Lifestyle , because real food is really key here too.
So I want to leave you with this note: this information is not meant to replace advice from your medical doctor. Please consult your doctor prior to trying any of these recommendations. AND KNOW THIS: there are many many supplement options out there. And everyone’s needs vary…..so I am extremely supportive of working directly with someone who’s expertise is nutrition.
Please e-mail me if you’re interested in ordering the supplements (or order yourself here). Also, contact me if you’re looking for some good nutrition guidance….I will send you my network and they can help whether you’re in Denver or not! firstname.lastname@example.org