Fascia protect and support us. But the hard-working helpers only work perfectly if we also take care of them. Proper nutrition plays a major role in this.
Romping through the trees like a monkey, shimmy from branch to branch, doing somersaults, sprinting, jumping, rolling on the ground: this is not necessarily ours Standard sports program. But it should be. It would keep us agile, young, and healthy.
What do we need fasciae for?
The reason for this is our fascia. Put simply, fasciae are nothing more than deep connective tissue. But one could also say that fasciae are a mysterious marvel, the real meaning of which we are only now gradually recognizing. As a network-like, complex system, the fascia tissue envelops all organs, muscles, vessels, bones, tendons and ligaments. It connects everything together, holds all parts of the body
together and thus forms a kind of inner framework.
Without fascia, people would collapse. In addition to crossed collagen fibers and elastin – two support and structural proteins of the human body – fasciae contain a lot of water and connective tissue cells such as fibroblasts.
In addition, the sensitive tissue is interspersed with countless special measuring sensors that continuously send data on pressure, pain and temperature to the brain. Only then can we optimally control the force and direction of movements. In short: fascia is of enormous importance for our body feeling. If you are in top form, so are we – and vice versa.
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Fasciae can atrophy – for example due to a lack of exercise, injuries, incorrect strain or stress. The fibers lose their original elasticity and become matted. With fatal consequences. Adhesive fasciae are suspected of causing chronic pain. The stiffened connective tissue can press on the nerves located in it and thus sometimes cause excruciating pain. It is now assumed that many back problems are not caused by worn intervertebral discs, but rather
rather, glued fasciae.
To prevent a stiff neck, sore knees or back problems, it makes sense to pay special attention to the fasciae. This is not only possible with movement. What we eat and drink also has a major impact on whether we go through life sluggishly or lightly.
What should i drink
Drinking is the top priority. Our body needs fluids to remove metabolic end products. If we drink too little, all metabolic processes slow down because the circulation can no longer function optimally. This promotes aging processes and the development of diseases, the body regenerates less quickly.
In addition to water, you can also have a green smoothie more often. For example, you put a ripe banana, two sweet apples, half a lettuce, two handfuls of baby spinach and 0.5 liters of water in the mixer. First puree the whole thing on a low level, then increase the power until the content is fine enough.
With such smoothies you not only consume liquids, but also a lot of mineralssubstances, trace elements and Vitamine. The fasciae especially love calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, which serve to neutralize acidic metabolic products. Calcium also strengthens the collagen and elastin in the fascia for optimal resilience.
Vitamins B, C and D are also essential for firm skin and tissue. A vitamin that is much less well known, vitamin K, also has a major influence on preventing or reducing the premature aging of our connective tissue.
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What do i need to eat?
So that the tissue can regenerate and the synthesis of collagen can take place, the amino acids L-lysine, L-arginine and L-proline are also important for healthy fasciae. What sounds complicated is pretty tasty. Because all are protein building blocks that u. a. stuck in meat, fish, legumes or cereal products.
Those who enjoy salmon with lamb’s lettuce or a stir-fry millet with sheep’s cheese and vegetables for dinner are doing more for their connective tissue than creams could. Millet contains silicon, which can bind up to 300 times its own weight in water and thus enormously support the gliding ability of the fasciae.
Because the scientists agree on one thing. You don’t have to go hungry for a toned, supple body. On the contrary. Studies have shown that about the Collagen production is very sensitive to short and long term changes in diet and energy intake. In animals that were not fed for 24 hours or more, collagen production decreased by about 50 percent compared to normal conditions. For the optimal structure of the fasciae or their regeneration, it tends to be unfavorable to eat spartan or one-sided.
The fasciae need energy. But it should come from the right sources. And here, too, we can take the monkeys as good role models. They have an instinct for healthy eating, mainly collecting fruits and berries, vegetables, leaves and nuts. That gives them their power.
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Yoga and Pilates help with fascia training
For example, for the aforementioned “monkey gymnastics”, advised by fascia expert Robert Schleip. He says: “If you only train your muscles, your fasciae can still become tight and brittle. Our body needs the resilient gazelle effect. ”You don’t necessarily have to shimmy through the forest for this. But climbing frames on playgrounds can and should also be used as an adult. If you don’t want that, there are plenty of alternatives: yoga, Pilates or stretching, for example.
The “dancing dog”, for example, is a simple yoga exercise to loosen the fascia. To do this, press up from the four-footed position into the downward facing dog. Then alternately bend and straighten your legs. Let the movement fade away and feel it. Now alternately bring the right and left buttocks down towards the mat and stretch one side of the body more intensely. Then step back into the static, downward facing dog for a few deep breaths. Afterwards you feel much more flexible and stretched.
But once the fascia has hardened, movement therapists often work with a fascia roller and special massage techniques to loosen the adhesions. That is possible, but it can be painful and tedious. It can take up to two years. And why not take precautions when it can be so easy and delicious?