fix or mend (a thing suffering from damage or a fault).
Once you have your food, stress, sleep, play, movement and community in check (easy peasy, right?), then you can start the repair process. Your body’s natural healing ability should start taking over and you’re just responsible for giving it a little nudge. After years of compromised gut-health, stress and inflammation, the body needs time to get to the point of self-healing. This part can be helped through supplements like L-glutamine, an amino acid, as well zinc, Vitamin C, D and A, but as always, I’m a food as medicine girl, so I recommend getting these through whole, nutrient-dense foods. Repair means getting the intestines back in working order so they can absorb what they need and eliminate what they don’t. If the small intestine lining gets compromised from inflammation, stress, processed food, then it is unable to absorb properly leaving you with mineral and vitamin deficiencies.
Foods with Vitamins A,C,D:
- Sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens, winter squashes, lettuce, bell peppers
- Citrus, cranberries, blueberries
- Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon.
- Egg yolks
Foods with L-glutamine:
- Meat and Poultry: Grass-fed beef, pork and chicken as well as their products are some of the best sources of glutamine.
- Organ Meat
- Beans and Legumes
Movement: Repair your muscles and bones through moving them!! As I always say, we’re born to move! Walk, jump, dance, bike, swim, kickbox, cross-fit, whatever your perfect body desires. Repair means also repairing your relationship with exercise and movement. If it is something that you did long ago, why not take the first baby step and begin again. Don’t just think about repairing
Sleep: Sleep is the only way our bodies repair itself. We need high quality, long-lasting sleep in for the body and brain to work effectively. The brain does a wash every time you go to sleep and detoxes the database so that it can work on optimal mode. This is also another request to repair your relationship with sleep. For most of my life, I led by the idea that “you’ll sleep with your dead” until I realized that not sleeping is the fastest track to disease and death. Make it a priority to get your sleep in whatever it takes. You’ll look younger, your skin will glow, your organs will work properly, and you’ll have tons more energy.
Meditation: Focusing on your breath and repairing the relationship with breathing is key to health. Our nervous systems are distinctly connected to the respiratory system and you can do wonders with your focus on your breath. Spending a few minutes an hour just focusing on a mantra or your breath is monumental for your body to repair itself. Try using “I am health. I a repairing with each breath I take” Meditation doesn’t have to be long or challenging. Sitting still is challenging enough. Focusing on the present moment, feeling the air flow through your nostrils and out your mouth is almost like magic as the stress hormones dissipate, your heart rate slows and your body relaxes.
Play: Repair your routine so that play is part of your everyday. This is for you to decide based on what you enjoy. Do you like having arts and crafts hour? Attend a comedy show? Run around the house with your loved ones? Private dance party? I like the fact that I have a bouldering gym down the road. Whenever life gets too serious, I walk down and start climbing man-made rocks. Sometimes I just sit on the mats and talk to people about silly things. But always, I make the intention to just be free and invite that youthful spirit to take over. And I recommend you do the same.
Community: By this time, if you’ve been doing all the work through each of these steps. Your community will already be on its way to repairing. More than likely, you’ll have your tribe of people who get you, lift you up, make you laugh, encourage you. This pillar also includes repairing estranged relationships with those who have caused you pain or trauma. We want to repair our hearts so they can open further and experience a life of light. Collectively we heal, isolated we stay sick.
There you go! There is another step to maintaining health and that is found in the rebalance. When you go healthy and you dedicate your life to staying there, it requires a certain amount of rebalance and reconfiguring the patterns and habits we’ve grown accustomed to.