Whole Health We at Wholeself Wellness have our own perspective on food and health, but the fact of the matter is there isn’t a definitive answer. We recently attended some conferences on this subject matter and the experience only reinforced our belief that you must address your own food story, and the important part is do what works best for your whole self. Here are some of our key takeaways from these conferences: What we found interesting: Prolotherapy: A therapy that uses injections stimulate self healing and repair. It seems to works better on joint issues than surgery, painkillers, anti-inflammatories or cortisone injections. Oxygen: This beautiful stuff seems to help heal all kinds of issues, so remember to breath when you’re stressed or exercising. For more intensive healing consider looking into hyperbaric oxygen treatment, a therapy that hyper-oxygenates the blood to stimulate healing. Herbs: Herbal medicines can and are making huge differences in people’s health. Ask your doctor or naturopath what herbs you can be adding to your food, cooking, and supplements. So eat them, cook with them and consider supplementing them What we agreed with: Stress: The nasty kind – not the help-us-be-productive kind – is bad for you. Sleep: It is still critical to your health and everyday functioning. Yep, that means the 8 hour rule is still a good one. Gut Health: There is more focus on the importance of gut and microbiome health. You can work on your gut health by eating foods that are known to help clean and maintain your gut health like fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut, bananas, broccoli, and blueberries. Brain health is important to overall emotional and physical health. Inflammation: This seems to be a big player in poor health, and a good starting point when you’re feeling ill. Try to focus on eating anti-inflammatory foods like leafy greens, beets, blueberries, salmon, and nuts. Exercise: Strength training especially is critical to long term health. Eat real, unprocessed food! Avoid toxins! Mindfulness and breathing exercises like yoga and meditation are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. They can help relieve stress and improve sleep and eating habits. These conferences were a good reminder that our team here at Wholeself Wellness is doing the right work. It was also a reminder that you have a lot of influence over how you live your life, both today and tomorrow. Here’s to your health!