Nutrition and Fascia
by Ashley Black
While treating and maintaining your fascia is monumentally important to your overall health and vitality, it’s also imperative to incorporate the other aspects that contribute to a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle! In this short article, we’re going to discuss a bit more about how vital nutrition is for fascial health! Remember, the fascia system is made of up of cells, so anything that affects cellular health affects your fascia!
I know there are tons of diets and theories out there, but I want to focus on what I believe are the two most important things:
– Giving your body what it needs
– Maintaining balance and enjoying life
In a nutshell, eating wholesome, nutritious foods will minimize your risk of disease and obesity, improve blood cholesterol levels, and maintain strong bones and a healthy body. That means including plenty of raw fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and carbs in your diet and minimizing processed foods and added sugar.
This is one of my favorite podcasts with Dr. Robert A. Rakowski DC, CCN, DACBN, DIBAK, who is a Chiropractor, Kinesiologist, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Certified Biological Terrain Instructor, and the clinic director of the Natural Medicine Center in Houston Texas.
Here are some nutrition tips:
Weekly meal prep saves you so much time and helps ensure you have healthy, ready-made options available for each meal; no excuses! I recommend pairing a lean protein with plenty of vegetables and a health carb or fat source for each meal or snack. Here are some sample meal plans that you can use as a reference, but just remember to keep it simple and choose healthy options that you’ll enjoy and want to eat.
Reading labels and paying attention to the food’s ingredients will not only make sure you’re getting the best quality, but knowing how to choose your food will allow you to eat things you never thought would be considered “diet” food!
Another “must have” for overall fascia health is proper hydration! Fascia is filled with fluid, so it makes so much sense that we need to ingest a lot of liquid to help keep our fascia malleable, hydrated, and healthy so it can function and glide seamlessly and without restriction. Hydration keeps the fascia functioning properly and is crucial to help you move without pain or restriction.
I recommend drinking at least 8-12 cups of water a day, but in order for your cells to properly receive and absorb the nutrients, I also recommend incorporating electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electrical charge and are responsible for balancing blood pH, hormone synthesis, muscle contraction, nerve conduction, digestion, detoxification, and of course, hydration. You can get them from fruits and vegetables or through an electrolyte supplement. I’m such a huge advocate of their importance that I’m coming out with my own “Cellectrolytes” (coming soon!), but you can choose whatever electrolyte source or supplement you prefer!
Read “The Cellulite Myth: it’s not fat, it’s fascia” for more information on how hydration affects the fascia.
Keeping your nutrition and hydration in check can help maintain healthy fascia and minimize the need for constant treatment and upkeep. Of course, with the FasciaBlaster®, upkeep is easy and convenient, but who wouldn’t want pliable fascia with minimal maintenance? Sign me up!