Best Strategies for Managing Chronic DiseaseJun 16, 2021
Managing chronic health conditions can be one of the most stressful and traumatic experiences that any of us go through. We can lose ourselves as we struggle to regain our health. Here is a roadmap of the 4 best, and most helpful strategies to employ whenever your health takes a turn for the worse.
1. Wholesome Diet
Humans are meant to eat beautiful, delicious, decadent real foods. We are meant to enjoy the bounty of the earth, not the bounty of the chemical factories, when it comes to food that best suits our physiological needs.
No matter what chronic disease you are living with, food matters. Eating wholesome, nourishing foods rather than processed foods with added chemicals and pesticides, will help you be as healthy as possible.
Think about ways you can upgrade your food quality. Source from local farms and ranches when available.
2. Stress Management
Stress is a very significant driver of chronic illness. Stress contributes to diabetes and insulin resistance, to digestive disorders, and to the flare ups of autoimmune disease. Stress burns nutrients and throws our sleep and our hormones out of balance.
In order to put into remission, or calm down symptoms of chronic disease, it's vital to reduce your overall stress burden. Look into your sources of stress. Does stress come from chronic pain, malnourishment, relationships, finances, oppression, global pandemic, food sensitivities, caring for others? Identify and find ways to reduce your stress.
3. Functional Nutritionist
People have a way of putting off dealing with their health for years and even decades. Meanwhile, their health conditions multiply and spiral out of control. It can be scary and so we hide from dealing with it.
It's important to get support beyond medical care. A functional nutritionist takes a root cause and deep healing approach and can often find ways to help you feel better that are wholesome, science-backed modalities not offered by your doctor.
Navigating it alone is really hard so don't think you have to figure it out all alone. This amazing field is also very compassionate and supportive. We know what our clients are going through because most of us practitioners have been there with our own health. Most of us are so passionate about this work because it's what saved us too. So don't hesitate to find the right functional nutritionist for your needs and personality.
4. Have hope
Finally, have hope for your future. The field of functional nutrition and various other forms of integrative, restorative, healing care is absolutely rocking. The science, the testing options, and the protocol strategies are continuing to evolve in breathtakingly effective ways as more and more practitioners and clients use these full systems healing modalities.
We are learning how to take care of ourselves in ways that we so deeply need in this society where most everyone suffers with some chronic illness.
Know that it might not be as bad you are worried it will be. There is always hope for improvement. The body has immense healing wisdom. Our job to work together to figure out what it needs.