Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

Are You Listening to Your Body?

That headache that you are suffering from is not just an annoyance. It is your body telling you something is wrong.

Ditto for the achy joints that you are experiencing, chronically runny nose, diarrhea or constipation, inability to clear your throat, problems sleeping, fatigue or heartburn. Even your inability to lose weight may be a sign that something is not right.

Did I miss anything? Yeah, that’s a sign that something is wrong too!

Are you listening?

When something gets bothersome enough, our first reaction is to take a pill. Or, if it is really bad, go to the doctor who will prescribe something to cover these symptoms.

Don’t be fooled. Your body will just start screaming louder until you are really struggling with something like diabetes, an auto-immune disorder or cancer.

What causes those symptoms?

Many of those symptoms are signs of nutritional deficiencies.

This could be caused by the bacteria that live in our gut being imbalanced or the presence of a “foreign invader” – a bacteria or parasite that does not belong there.

It could be the result of yeast overgrowth. We all have low levels of yeast in our bodies but when we feed that yeast by consuming too many foods high in sugar, that yeast gets fed well and may start growing out of control. Some common symptoms of yeast overgrowth are chronic fatigue, cravings for carbohydrates such as sweet foods, beer and wine, skin issues such as psoriasis or eczema, and autoimmune disorders such as problems with the thyroid.

It could be the result of low stomach acid. This is something that occurs naturally as we age but has been helped along by the prescribing of proton-pump inhibitors such as Zantac and omeprazole. By suppressing our stomach acid, we lose the ability to break down proteins and release the minerals and vitamins from our food that we need for all the biochemical reactions in our bodies that allow us to function and function well.

So… are you listening to your body? Or are you just attributing your health problems to “getting older.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts.



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