Article I wrote for the Wellness Universe Blog Sept 18, 2018
We are all so busy, “doing.”
We are busy raising children, building a business, out socializing with friends every night, or running off to the gym. Busy all the time. Busy, busy, busy…
We are stressed all of the time, often unnecessarily, functioning in “Fight or Flight” mode, at hyper speed. We are not taking time for self-care and seem to think that would be selfish. We are not taking time to be quiet and we don’t “listen” to our bodies. Our discomfort may catch our attention for a fleeting moment and then we resume being busy again.
We have been deceived into believing that as we age, pain and pills are natural. We buy over the counter medications to eliminate headaches, body aches, and pains.
We are always looking for the magic pill.
When we go to the doctor, we mention our first complaint, six minutes later the appointment is over and, we are on our way, and realize that we forgot to mention many of the health issues we had meant to discuss with our doctor. We decide we don’t want to appear to be hypochondriacs anyway.
We push aside thoughts that we have “dis-ease.” In most instances, these thoughts don’t even register.
We are living in a toxic world. We are having a health care crisis as a nation. The unawareness of the state of our body is allowing a toxic load to do damage to our health.
A toxic load can take 20 years to rear its ugly little head. There are signs along the way that we are heading for “dis-ease” but since they are not registering in our minds, we don’t react until we are in full blown bad health. We are headed toward the tipping point.
Here are 20 Signs that You’re Not as Healthy as You Think:
- You hurt. You are taking more and more over the counter medications to “mask” the pain.
- You just don’t feel well.
- You are more tired when you get up than when you went to bed, and you were tired then.
- You have anxiety and have tons of stress.
- You can’t lose weight.
- You are losing weight in spite of the high-calorie diet you are eating.
- You are bloated and puffy.
- You have GERD or other digestive problems.
- You have gas, all the time.
- You are constipated.
- You have skin problems, like eczema, psoriasis, or acne.
- It seems impossible to get a good night’s sleep.
- You snore.
- You have irregular periods.
- You are always hungry and crave sugar.
- You are getting more and more headaches.
- You have bad breath.
- You are getting lots of muscle cramps.
- You have terrible hay fever.
- You are losing your hair.
You may not even realize that these are all signs that the toxic load in your body is building. This causes inflammation and disease.
The USA is 37th in the world in health, but we spend more than any other country on health. The solution is not to match the pill to the symptom. The solution is to clean up our own toxic load as a daily ritual.
53% of our children have some kind of chronic disease. Many times, our babies start off right at birth with a significant toxic load that they are inheriting from us.
The time to clean up the toxins in your life is now. Every toxin removed is a step closer to health. Where to start?
If you can’t afford to buy all your veggies and fruits organic, follow the Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 guidelines put out every year by the Environmental Working Group. I look at it as pay now or pay later. Cleaning up your food is a huge step forward because you are eliminating all of the herbicides and pesticides that are sprayed on our conventional crops. And, you are avoiding GMO’s which often have toxins bred right into them.
Eat All of the Colors of the Rainbow, from A Source as Close to the Farm as Possible:
Each color offers a “gift.” Your body wants to heal but you have to feed it the right nutrients so that healing can occur.
This is the only way you can control what you are feeding your body and those of your family.
Avoid Processed and Fast Food.
They are made with synthetic ingredients that offer no nutrition to your body and often do you harm. Read labels and find ingredients online; if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. If you don’t know what it is, then don’t eat it.
Detox from Sugar.
This is especially true for corn syrup. This also includes fake sugars, which all do harm to your body. If you want a little sweet, use stevia.
Surround yourself with positive, supportive people.
For additional ideas on where the toxins are in your life and what to replace them with, read my book “It Feels Good to Feel Good, Learn to Eliminate Toxins, Reduce Inflammation and Feel Great Again.”
One last thought, it is really important that you make time every day to be quiet and tune in with your body. It will let you know when it is feeling great and when it is feeling lousy. You need a space to quiet your mind so that you can “hear” what your body is telling you. This could be in meditation, in “Morning Papers,” or by taking a walk out in nature. Once you know what your body is saying, it’s so much easier to “stay the course” and live a healthy lifestyle.