Top Health Tips From One of the World’s Premier Holistic Health Conferences

Top Health Tips From One of the World’s Premier Holistic Health Conferences


Hey guys, so we recently attended the
Paleo f(x) conference in Austin, Texas for the second year in a row and far from
being at just a paleo conference it’s more of an ancestral health conference
that brings together some of the top neurologists, cardiologists, MD’s, and
researchers to talk about everything from nutrition to sleep management to
dealing with stress to optimal movement patterns. I mean really everything from
stem-cell treatment to genetic testing. And so why would a pedorthic clinic be
interested in this kind of a conference? Well, we find it’s really important for a
specialist’s role to include a holistic look at the cause of the injury or the
illness and the sweet spot is that if we can use our specialist tools to get
someone better faster, but then take that broader picture look as well, it almost
always leads to better long-term outcomes. So we just wanted to summarize
some of the key points from the conference – we will have specific videos for
each topic later, but here are some of our key takeaways. So the first real
overriding theme was the importance of a good diet. And whether or not you’re
paleo, you’re primal, you’re vegetarian, you’re vegan, a good nutrition plan is so
important in terms of treating and preventing illness and injury. And so
anytime we do physical activity there’s a little bit of wear and tear. That
shouldn’t be a big deal – it turns into a chronic inflammatory state when the gut
and our general system is inflamed from poor dietary choices. So being runners
and active ourselves, this next one has been a bit of a hard lesson for us to learn over
time but it’s just so important that your exercise intensity matches up with
your health goals. We see so many patients coming through where injury and
illness that they’re suffering from can a lot of times be related back to training errors. So either, in a lot of cases, training a little bit too hard when
you’re supposed to be going easy, or not maybe training hard enough when you’re
supposed to be training hard. I mean I think the first rule of
training is the reason you’re doing this is to get stronger, not to go out and
train every day. And one of the problems with endurance athletes is this ‘more is
better’ mentality that the more miles you put in the faster you will be, the more
efficient you will be in your running economy, the better you’ll burn fat and
it doesn’t exactly work that way. Sooo many great new products out there these days.
Metrics and supplements to help optimize our health and we’ll have a specific
video in the coming weeks diving into some of the specifics but an overriding
message from a lot of the speakers on these bio hacks
was that really 95% of good health can be achieved through good diet,
good sleep patterns, and managing stress. And then really using these tools, these
metrics and these supplements to get that extra 5%. Now that being said, a
common metric that a lot of the speakers talked about was the value of heart rate
variability which we’ve talked about in the past. Really one of the only
things that I measure every day especially when I get out of bed or
before I get out of bed in the morning for about five minutes this heart rate
variability or HRV. It allows me to look at my sympathetic nervous system my
parasympathetic nervous system and make a call on the fly about how beat up my
body is. So I’m sure that many of you heard about this next one but you know
when our bodies become inflamed for whatever reason it can really affect our
body’s ability to be able to recover from injury and from illness. Research
over the past several years has shown that systemic inflammation which can be
caused by things like poor diet, not getting enough sleep, not enough exercise
or too much exercise, poor gut health from things like antibiotics, not eating
enough fermented food or fermentable fiber. All of these things end up
producing inflammation systemically and that systemic inflammation can
significantly worsen any musculoskeletal problem that we have. So another one that
we’ve heard a lot of the speakers talking about was the value of high
quality bone broth for not only protecting our gut and optimizing our
gut health but also helping to protect our joints. You know most of us today,
most of the amino acids and proteins were getting they’re more for muscle
building, they’re not for joint ligament building and that’s why we need collagen.
Collagen is the main compound in bone broth that makes it so beneficial.
Genetic testing and genomics was another really interesting topic that they
talked about a fair bit and it’s quite surprising how inexpensive it can be these days to map out our entire genome to guide our lifestyle choices based on
predispositions that we may have. Now a takeaway here though was that – which is
good news – is that we can control how our genes are expressed. Now we may not be
able to control what we get from our mom and dad, but we can control through
diet, through sleep, and stress how they’re expressed. So that old debate of
nature versus nurture it really looks like nurture is winning that battle. Well
it’s about taking an individual looking at their genomic blueprint and actually
creating a health and lifestyle plan around that individual rather than
taking this larger concept and saying ‘this is a perfect diet for everybody’. It
doesn’t work that way.