Well, here we are at the end of our 15-day journey. What have you been able to apply to your daily routines so far? In this last instalment we will look at how to listen to your body and understand what it can tell you.
Doctors talk about the “symptoms of disease” and prescribe chemicals to suppress those symptoms. If you have pain, they prescribe painkillers. If you have high blood pressure, they prescribe chemicals to artificially lower blood pressure. This practice of detecting and then suppressing symptoms is called mainstream medicine.
Have you ever thought that maybe our bodies are telling us things long before we actually become ill? What if the messages they were sending actually contained important information about your health?
Medications and their impact on you
Conventional medical doctors have been trained that symptoms are things to be suppressed, negated or destroyed.
If you sprain your ankle playing frisbee, for example, your body sends you a pain message. This message contains important information: “This tissue is injured. Do not use it until it is repaired.” If you heed the message, you will allow your ankle time to heal. Once it’s healed and safe to use again, the pain will disappear. It is now safe to put weight on your ankle again.
Pain is an intelligent regulator of your activities. It can direct you to avoid further injury. Pain killers dull the pain and artificially block pain messages. They allow you to keep playing on an injured ankle to the point where you are likely to cause further injury, resulting in even more suffering and perhaps permanent damage.
What your skin and nails are telling you
Your skin is also a messenger. What’s happening with your skin is a reflection of what’s happening with your internal organs. If you have acne on your face, for example, you have much the same thing happening in your digestive tract. Facial acne is a sign to clean up your diet, eliminate all animal products for a while (dairy, meat, etc.) and detox with a plant-based diet.
If your skin is dry, itchy or flaky, it’s a sure sign that you’re deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and possibly some other key vitamins or nutrients. Increase your intake of omega-3s through fish oils, marine oils or plant-based sources like chia seeds, and add superfoods to your diet to cover any vitamin deficiencies you may have.
Your fingernails can tell a lot about your health, too: Misshapen or discolored fingernails point to chronic nutritional deficiencies in minerals and certain vitamins. If your fingernails have ridges, cracking, discoloration or any other symptoms, get yourself to a naturopathic physician right away. Fingernails, you see, indicate what’s going on with the rest of your body because your nails are, of course, grown out of your body. If you have nutritional deficiencies or chronic organ problems, they will be revealed in your nails.
What goes in must come out
To pay even closer attention to your body’s symptoms, observe what’s coming out of your body:
• Do you have body odor? If so, your diet is unclean. Too much milk, butter and meat.
• Does your breath smell bad? Same problem: Unclean diet or poor digestive health possibly an infection in your dental work or gums as well.
• Are your stools too hard, too soft or not healthy looking? Check with a naturopath — the health of your stools indicates the health of your digestion.
• Does your urine smell strange? It will after eating asparagus, of course, but normally your urine should not have an offensive odor. If it does, go visit a naturopathic physician for some advice.
• Are you hyperventilating at times? It may be a sign of consuming a diet that’s too acidic. Or could also mean pre-diabetes. Check with a naturopath.
What comes out of your body is a very accurate indication of what’s going on inside your body.
Listen to your cravings
Your body will also tell you what it wants through cravings. These are little subconscious messengers that direct you to eat something your body needs. Most people, however, misinterpret those cravings and end up eating something bad for their health instead of what the body actually craves.
If your body craves salt — real salt, not the processed sodium found in junk foods — you may feel an urge to eat a salty snack food. But that urge is often just a craving for full-spectrum salt. Try eating some fresh nuts dusted with full-spectrum sea salt and see if that takes care of your craving.
Cravings for chocolate may often be just your body crying out for magnesium. Your body sends you the message, “Eat more magnesium!” but your conscious mind mistakenly thinks you just need more chocolate. The processed, store-bought chocolate on the market today has little or no magnesium left in it. Buy real chocolate if you want it to contain the minerals it’s supposed to. I make chocolates at home that are AMAZING. With real Cacao.
Is your body crying out for water?
Dehydration can cause all sorts of symptoms that are often misdiagnosed as other diseases. Chronic dehydration can appear as all the following symptoms or diseases: Asthma, high blood pressure, hunger, kidney disorders, heart problems and constipation.
Drinking more water on a regular basis (and avoiding dehydrating beverages such as sodas) can solve these underlying problems, and you may actually see many of those symptoms vanish within a few days, weeks or months.
What’s beneath the symptom?
If you receive a diagnosis from a western doctor, you can often take that diagnosis home and do something useful with it. For example, if your doctor says you have high blood pressure and recommends you start taking toxic blood pressure drugs, the best thing you can do for your health is to always get a second opinion. You can use nutrition and natropathic medicine as well.
Use the symptom as information
Never be tricked into taking a medication that masks the symptom. Use the symptom as a clue to look for root causes that can be corrected through more natural means. This is how you can listen to your body and interpret its messages in useful ways that lead you in the direction of health.
Your body is yours to take care of for the rest of your time here on earth. Which method of care will you choose, and when will you start listening to those all too important signals?
Source: Natural News