Believe it or not our body gives us valuable information about nutritional deficiencies and toxicity in our body through the symptoms our body exhibits. We often live to dislike these symptoms - headaches, PMS, digestive issues - whatever these are, but actually it sounds perverse but we should be grateful.
Often in the hustle, bustle and stress of our everyday lives we just ignore these signs or are are not even aware they exist. We get distracted by our jobs, our kids, our hobbies or anything else that we must do and we shift the focus off ourselves to simply get things done. We plough on through pain or discomfort and wait for whatever is going on will subside - or reach for a painkiller or anything else to alleviate the pain.
So what are these symptoms that I am talking about?
Basically anything that is not you feeling 100%. Things that you wish were not there. These can include:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A lack of energy⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Digestive issues - bloating, constipation, IBS etc⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Heavy or irregular periods⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Male or female hormonal issues ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
….and so much more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Some of these you might think are seemingly minor which we can just ignore or we fall into the thinking that this happens to everyone - I don't need to worry.
I would like to change your thinking on this. First of all 'just because something is common, doesn't mean it is normal' and these symptoms are actually giving us valuable messages about how our body is functioning and information to potentially help us avoid more conditions further down the track. In short - we should listen to them - you won't regret it?
So what to do if there is something going on?
First of all you need to understand what is happening in your unique body and then give the body the building blocks to rebalance the body for the short and the long term.
The starting point for almost anyone is making sure you are eating what I call a 'whole foods, properly prepared diet'. It is amazing what a difference it can make getting a variety of nutrients in your body.
You can then go into improving the function of other fundamental systems of your body - your digestive system, your blood sugar balance and mineral and fatty acids levels. Spending time rebalancing these systems can have mind-blowing flow on effects all over the body.
This approach is what I call working on the 'Foundations'. Working from the bottom up to restore the body rather than chasing the latest symptom and not considering why it has arisen.
And yes - this perhaps does feel a little bit overwhelming but I promise it is do-able. I know first hand. However - I would recommend working with a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner to support you doing the detective work and get you on track to feeling on top of this world.
Making an effort now even if it does seem like hard work can really set you up for success in the long run and you won't regret it.