Good health is incredibly elusive.
Every day we hear of different tricks, tips and rules that we should be following to lose weight, improve focus, reduce inflammation, repair our guts, increase fertility etc. (the list goes on!).
Yet, despite trying to look after ourselves many of us still commonly fall sick, feel lethargic, experience pain, or know that something just isn’t quite right.
While it’s easy to think that the latest health food craze or promise to get fit is the key to longevity, the most important thing we can do to look after ourselves is to listen to our bodies.
So if you’re feeling off, this is your body’s way of telling you that something needs attention.
Pain is a sign that something isn’t right – your body is responding to an issue and needs some help and TLC. While painkillers can help manage the pain, they’re not solving the problem, they’re simply hiding it for a few hours.
If you experience isolated pain, it’s likely your internal doctor is trying to draw your attention to that part of your body. You know your body is serious when the pain is persistent and continues to hang around like a bad smell.
Likewise, a hangover is your body calling out for hydration just as heartburn and indigestion are your body’s way of telling you’ve eaten something that is hard for you to digest.
And if you’re always falling sick – perhaps it’s time to focus on rebuilding and strengthening your immune system.
Decoding these messages can be confusing as there is no common language that explains what each symptom means or what you need to do to fix it! So recovery often involves a lot trial and error.
For most, food can play an important role. As can exercise, mindset and your environment.
There is only one way to know what your body is saying, and that’s to listen to the signs and symptoms you’re sending you. If a certain exercise causes you to twinge, don’t do it. Or if a certain food makes you bloat or feel yuck, don’t eat it. If you’re constantly yawning, more sleep is in order.
Our bodies need love and if we neglect them, just like anything else that needs care, they fail to function as they should.
If your questioning your body’s language, ask yourself…
- Are you sleeping well?
- Do you catch colds and other infections easily?
- Do some food groups make you feel ill, tired or like you’ve got brain fog?
- Are you gaining or loosing weight quickly – despite maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
- Is your libido low?
- Do you feel dizzy for no reason at all?
- Do you feel anxious or depressed?
- Do you have regular and normal trips to the loo?
- Do you experience aches and pains commonly?
- Do you feel tired even if you’ve had a full night’s sleep?
If the answer is yes to any of the above, it’s time to act!! What can help?
- Make sleep a priority
- Nourish your body with good food (and listen to what it does/doesn’t respond well to)
- Make exercise part of your everyday life
- Quit toxic habits such as smoking, binge drinking or recreational drug use
- See a nutritionist, naturopath, GP or specialist
- Remove negative influences from you life
- Don’t follow what others do, follow what feels right for you
- Stop and actively listen to your body
- Learn what makes your body thrive and prioritise what you’ve learnt
Why bother – there will come a time when you can no longer ignore what your body is trying to say and it’s better to listen now then when things go into full on lock down mode.
Listen to the signs, get some rest and nourish yourself!