There are literally millions of people in the world who are not seriously sick but at the same time are never seriously “well” either. They all suffer things that keep them from ever functioning at 100% and these “things” prevent experiencing a full life. The sad truth is that most people just come to accept their suffering and rationalize it away blaming it on age or something else they cant control for example. What they MUST realize is that they do have control! However because they do not understand this they go to the doctor and he/she prescribes a pill, potion, cream etc., and they just deal with it and see it as normal. Trust me, its not. Some of these symptoms include:
- Sweet cravings and roller coaster blood sugar levels
- Digestive distress of all kinds (gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, etc)
- Struggling to lose weight
- Poor sleep quality
- Low level, chronic background stress that never really goes away
- Flat out high intensity stress/anxiety
- Up and down energy levels including the afternoon crash
- Skin issues
What many people don’t see is that these symptoms are anything but normal and instead are signs that your health is slowly declining and your body is malfunctioning. They rarely tend to go away on their own and if left unchecked can lead to very serious health conditions farther down the road of life. This is because they are warning signs that something isn’t running right inside your body. Your body is amazing and will do everything in its power to adapt and continue the fight but eventually you will break down if something doesn’t change.
Lets use an airplane analogy. If the pilot see’s warning lights on the dashboard indicating there is an engine problem he is going to land and address the issue. If he ignores the warning it isn’t hard to figure out what might happen. Lets talk for a second about why you shouldnt ignore these symptoms:
- Digestive problems. Most people accept constipation, loose stool, bloating and gas as routine but they can lead to serious, deeper problems. Everyone has heard by now how important gut health is, it truly is a place from which much of our health begins.
- Low Libido & general fatigue. Do you have a hard time just getting through the day? Do you crash all the time after lunch? Is it extremely difficult to get out of bed most mornings? Is your sex drive non-existent much of the time? Again most folks see these things as rather normal and part of the aging process but they are important to address and correct in order to avoid more serious pitfalls.
- Aches and pains. Do you constantly have aches and pains in your joints/muscles? This is very likely a sign of underlying inflammatory processes and might just be simply something your eating.
- Weight problems. Approximately 1/3 of Americans are obese and another 2/3 are overweight. The health problems associated with being over weight are well documented.
- Sleep problems. Studies show that people who get fewer than 7 hours of sleep are at higher risk of death and have a harder time keeping the weight off. Poor sleep is a sign of distress (physical, emotional, mental, etc).
- Background chronic stress, depression, anxiety, brain fog. We now know that cognitive & and mood disorders can be caused as least in part by inflammation inside the body. Stress itself can increase internal inflammation.
- Skin breakouts. Most of the time skin issues can be traced back to whats going on internally. Breakouts are another sign of underlying inflammation inside the body.
Hopefully the above symptoms are not something you deal with frequently but if they are there is good news. I have read account after account of individuals who have suffered these problems as well as more serious conditions and everyone of them will tell you that there were a handful of “controllable” variables that played the largest role in their healing process. I’m talking basic things here that just simply get taken for granted. Things that we do not understand the power of so do not make them a priority in our lives:
- Exercise/movement. We were born to move, it’s that simple. The exciting thing is you don’t have to kill yourself at the gym to move. Start by just finding any opportunity you can to move more. When you do exercise keep it short (10-20 min) and include intense bursts of movement that really get your heart rate up no matter what kind of activity your engaged in. Research is showing that this type of exercise is much more effective than plodding along on the treadmill for an hour at a steady pace for example.
- Diet. Eat more nutrient dense, real food. If you give your body what it needs it will function at a higher level…the level is up to you. Cut back on the processed, fake, sugary foods that are so abundant in our country. If it has more than 5 ingredients think about finding something else.
- Sleep. Your body has to recover on a daily basis. Deep tissue healing and recovery need to occur each night and it does not happen if you’re not sleeping. Make sure your room is dark, take at least 30 min to wind down before going to bed, keep the gadgets and electronics out of the bedroom, don’t eat a large meal right before bedtime, and start a simple breathing/meditation practice before hitting the pillow. Start by making sleep a priority, few do. There are many, many steps you can take to enjoy a more restful nights sleep.
- Manage/control stress. Again a simply mediation practice can work wonders when it comes to stress like the 4-7-8 breathing technique (inhale four seconds, hold for 7 seconds, exhale for eight seconds, repeat for a total of 4 breath cycles twice daily at least). Read books like, “The Power of Now” by Eckart Tolle which instruct on how to be more aware and conscious of what were doing so we can stop negative behavior in its tracks.
Do you suffer with any of the above symptoms? What have you tried? Please share these and any other thoughts in the comments section.
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