Listen to Your Body!
Another step in gaining clarity about your health goals is to maximize the resources that you have within you. As a leader, you empower your team by listening to those in the trenches and then making the appropriate corrections, right? Well, as the one in control and leader of your own destiny, the smartest thing you can do is to listen to your body.
We have been blessed, and cursed, with our power to think. Because of these very powerful brains, we have unfortunately suppressed the innate intelligence of our bodies. To illustrate this point, let me give you an example. When you lose one faculty (such as sight, smell, hearing taste, or touch) another sense becomes stronger. E.g. if you lose your eyesight, your hearing improves. However, the opposite is true when we rely upon our thinking too much because we then override, or ignore our natural senses.
When trying to decide what is right or wrong for your body, I have found the best direction to follow is to mimic nature. Think about it. When you look at the animals, you know that they do not have to go through years of college or medical school to educate themselves about their bodies or what to eat. How do they know what is or is not poisonous or toxic? They know because they innately listen to the natural senses of their bodies. They do not have the level of thought process that we humans do, so their sense of being in tune with their bodies is much higher than ours. When it comes to pain or problems, unlike the animals, we think the smart thing to do is take medications.
- Medications are not the cure. They just cover up the symptoms. Symptoms are our body’s way of telling us to change our actions. We have become the reactionary product of highly effective marketing and powerful, money-driven drug industries. There is a pill for everything. I am not saying that medications are not needed. Medications can be life-saving when administered at the appropriate times, but they also are overused and abused. Our society has been conditioned in a way that our brains tell us if we eat something that causes heartburn then that means we need to take medicine. Yet our bodies are really just telling us to stop eating foods that gave us heartburn! It is really that simple.
- Symptoms have a purpose. When you eat something that causes harm, your body will send a warning signal. When a baby cries, is is not because that have an attitude, it is because they need something and are trying to get somebody’s attention in order to give it to them. So just like the cry of a baby, the pain or discomfort that your body is delivering says, “Hey, something is wrong! Can you please correct it?”
Food allergies, hormone imbalances, loss of weight control, and all symptoms of pain and discomfort are simply your body’s way of communicating to you. Being clear on this gives you the control you need to take action and set goals, not only to correct the problems you have, but also to prevent them in the first place.