Do You Really Understand What SYMPTOMS Are?!
Our body is as an ecosystem. To be clear, let’s define what an ecosystem is:
An ecosystem is a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. In addition, an ecosystem is a geographic area where plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and landscape, work together to form a bubble of life. Ecosystems contain biotic or living parts, as well as abiotic factors, or nonliving parts.
To simplify the above our body has an internal and external function. It communicates with itself internally and also externally with the surrounding environment we’re in or experiencing.
Your symptoms, how you feel and how your body reacts, is the output due to the interactions your body is having with itself at that moment internally and externally to communicate with the surrounding environment.
So what’s the game-plan to address the symptoms?
It can actually be pretty simple. If you’re experiencing symptoms in the body that are not normal, look to the diet first, the foods you’re eating. More than likely you’re not eating the proper foods that allow your nerves, muscles, or cardiovascular system to function properly and thus the systems are not coordinating well together resulting in the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Common symptoms people experience: migraines, anxiety/depression, fatigue, pain & inflammation, high blood pressure, weight gain, sleep issues, etc. To further the list just look at what medications and supplements are most commonly used for.
If experiencing any of the above, chances are you’re consuming the wrong ingredients for the body, not enough, or an imbalance so you may have to explore with testing to determine the best direction to go.
Testing could be done in multiple ways. You could start with an elimination diet, where you start cutting out certain ingredients or foods. This will allow you to see how you feel without them and then slowly introduce them one at time back into the diet to see how your body reacts to them. This is also a great time to go on a detox. The body filters many chemicals and toxins from the air you breathe to the foods and drinks that you consume. So it’s best to get them out of your system for the body to continue to function and do its job properly.
A second alternative since we are busy, don’t have time to eat the best meals, or don’t have access to quality foods is to turn to supplementation. The term says it all. It supplements what you’re not getting.
➡️ Supplements: Weight Loss, Energy, Pain/Inflammation, Sleep, Strength
Whether it’s the foods you’re eating or the supplements you’re taking the ingredients are what you’re going after.
It’s kind of like baking or cooking, certain ingredients will make the product shine but if you end up having to substitute (Ex: low quality food, missing nutrients) then the outcome is never as good and it was just another failed attempt at becoming the chef you’ve wanted to be.
And lastly, which is more specific to determining to what’s going on but also can be a bit more costly is to have testing done. You can either go in person to a functional medicine doctor that will run labs and get a work-up of whats going on or simply do it yourself with a home test kit. In-person is always more specific and detailed so just depends on your budget and what you’re looking for.
Testing from home can be simple, more cost effective and give you a general idea of where you need to start though.
Addressing symptoms is important and should not be left to chance. Symptoms are signals from the body stating something is not working properly, which can lead to further complications in the body such as impairment or disease, all which tend to be irreversible or require medications to mask the symptoms.
Understanding the progression of the body from signs > symptoms > impairment > disease > death is a subtle process at first with a compounding effect that intensifies over a period of time. Since most health issues take decades to fully present or give lasting effects most people tend to blow them off or negate the power of symptoms communicating with us.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of any sort don’t stress about it rather address it. Simply write down what’s going on and get a plan together of how you’re going to address them. It’s always best to seek a professional opinion and not try to self diagnose since symptoms can be a side effect of many conditions.
Its your body and your life. What you put off today will show up in the future. What’s the quality of life you want live and what are you willing to put up with in the future? Be proactive today and give your body the self respect it deserves so you can get the most out of your life.