“Nourishing foods offer the highest healing potential of any solution we know of. They send healing instructions to your cells and genes. Turmeric instructs: “Cool down inflammation!” Broccoli directs: “Clear toxic estrogen metabolites!” And garlic commands: “Strengthen the immune system!” We truly do become what we eat. Don’t you find this super empowering?”
– Palmer Kippola
Reversing autoimmune conditions is possible, but it’s takes commitment, determination, and persistence over time. Lasting change happens in stages and trying to do everything all at once may sabotage your efforts. I’m aiming to simplify things by chunking it down into baby steps in a series of blog posts.
If you haven’t read them already, it makes sense to start at the beginning, so check out baby step one:and then baby step two:
Baby step three is to Nourish Yourself Daily. These are simple, foundational strategies to calm your nervous system and nourish your body, mind, and spirit. This is where balance is restored and healing happens.
1. Breathe Deeply and Intentionally
What is key to life, stress relief, deep peace, and a better metabolism? Breathing! It’s free, automatic, and the fastest path to stress relief I know of.
2. Add Nourishing Foods, Water and Supplements
Keep it simple: Remove the bad stuff and add in the good stuff.
3. Get Restorative Sleep
People healing from autoimmune disorders need 8 – 10 hours per night. Do what you can to get good sleep.
4. Keep Moving
Copy long-lived Blue Zone inhabitants and move the NEAT way: Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. Translation: it doesn’t have to be “exercise;” just move throughout the day.
5. Connect More
Social connection improves physical health and strengthens mental and emotional well-being.
Nourish Yourself Daily – Action Summary
Get in the habit of slow and deep belly breathing.
Emphasize nourishing foods, pure water and shore up nutrient deficiencies.
Prioritize sleep, and do what you need to do to get 8 hours a night.
Find ways to move more and sit less throughout the day.
- Connect more, hug more, and be kind — especially to yourself.
Which nourishing elements will you try or do more of today?
Take good care!
P.S. Want my personal help beating an autoimmune condition? If you live in the continental U.S. (except NY due to state laws) and are ready, willing, and able to invest in your best health, I offer Functional Medicine Total Health Transformation Programs over Zoom. I collaborate with skilled naturopaths who are expert in resolving root causes like hormonal imbalances, gut disorders, chronic infections and toxic burdens which are almost always part of the autoimmune puzzle. Together we provide comprehensive, customized treatment plans, and collaborative, caring support. If you are ready to beat autoimmune and reclaim your best life please book a 30–minute consultation with me to gain clarity, confidence, and explore the possibility of working together.
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