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Listen To Your Body For Clues To Better Health

By William Hildebrand

March 16, 2022


This is a great article, especially if you are having some health issues. I have always been a huge believer in natural health methods and remedies and have always felt that you can listen to your body for clues to better health. I believe it can talk to you and if you listen you can help your body heal itself in many cases. That may mean modifying your diet or starting an exercise program if you have been rather idle. But your body has unbelievable healing properties of its own, so put them to good use.

Your body can actually communicate with you, so it is critical to listen to your body for clues to better health and well-ness.

For many of us, better health does not come naturally. It is usually something we must work on in order to lead a healthy life and have overall excellent health. This means listening and responding to your body. When you start to do this you will start to understand what it is telling you about what is going on with your body. Here are some ways you can tune in to your body so you can have a life that is sustained by good health.

Weighing yourself on a scale regularly can tell you a lot about body changes.

You can listen to your body every time you put on your clothes or when stepping on the scale.  Do your clothes fit right?  Are they becoming too loose on you or are they fitting snuggly?  Is the scale tipping one way or another in the wrong direction?  If you find that you are losing too much weight or packing on the pounds, it may be that you are being affected by stress and are not eating in ways that promote good health.

woman weighing on scale

Good health comes from eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and lean meats. This is in lieu of eating processed foods such as cookies, cakes, processed meals, and candies, all of which have excess calories and preservatives that are generally unhealthy for you.

Eating too little can affect your health as well. When you eat less than the amount of food you are supposed to eat, you can suffer from a lack of proper nutrients. Lacking proper nutrients such as certain vitamins and minerals, your body does not function properly and you can cause yourself illness from the lack of the nutrients that support immune health. When your immune system is compromised you put yourself at greater risk of poor health outcomes.

Listen To Your Digestive System

Your digestive system is not only the way you get proper nutrients, but also it is the main way your body uses to protect itself from pathogens. The digestive system is a huge part of the immune system so you need to treat it with the care it deserves. This means paying attention to episodes of diarrhea that can strip the colon of protective bacteria, constipation, and indigestion from being under excess stress or eating the wrong foods.

You can care for your digestive system by eating healthy foods and by taking probiotics which can replenish the gut with good bacteria. Probiotics can be taken in by eating plain yogurt with live cultures or by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir. This is not the fruity yogurts you find in most supermarkets. They are loaded with sugar and have virtually no live bacterial cultures. You either need to make your own yogurt or look for varieties that say they contain live cultures.

listen to your body for clues to better health      sauerkraut    kimchi with fruit

If you can’t get it in the foods you eat, you can purchase many probiotic supplements at the drug store or online. Some of the best probiotics are those that come in spore form. The spores can survive the acidic environment of your stomach and then release the live bacteria in the intestines where they take root and drive out the bad bacteria and fungi.

Be aware, many of the probiotics you see advertised are worthless. Either they do not have to proper mix of bacteria or they are not in a form that will survive the stomach acid. It is almost always better to get your probiotics from properly fermented foods.

Listen To Your Cardiovascular System

This means following your blood pressure and pulse very carefully. If you are inactive or have a family history of high blood pressure, you may be suffering from high blood pressure and not know it. This means you have to check your blood pressure every time you run across a blood pressure machine at the drug store or grocery store.

When you see the doctor, your blood pressure will be taken as well. If it is consistently elevated, they will most likely try to put you on an antihypertensive medication. Many of these drugs do not work well and all of them have side effects.

You are always better off to try more natural methods to get your blood pressure under control. You can begin by modifying your diet and participating in a regular exercise program so you can avoid some of the many complications of high blood pressure. If you are overweight, it is critical for you to lose those extra pounds since it is a leading cause of high blood pressure. If you are stressed a lot, take a look at yoga or meditation or both as ways to help relieve stress and anxiety.

complications of persistent high blood pressure

You should check your pulse as well on a periodic basis. A high pulse can mean that you are too inactive or are under a great deal of stress. Exercise can cause your heart to function better and will slow your pulse to normal levels. This is just another way you can listen to your body for clues to better health.

Listen To Your Body For Clues To Better Heal With Respect To Signs Of Stress and Fatigue

Feel tired, but keep pushing yourself past your limits? Are you fighting fatigue on a regular basis, instead of taking the time to rest and rejuvenate? Fatigue and low energy are both your body talking to you and letting you know that you need to rest and relax, if you don’t listen at some point you will crash and burn. Getting restful sleep and in the proper amount is necessary in order to make your body function with optimal health. Sleep is one of the top considerations for great health.

 

Are you ignoring anxiety, instead of looking to erase its sources and lower stress levels? Stress kills, and you are the only one that can take care to reduce its load on your body, mind, and spirit. Great ways to fight stress and its impact are Tai Chi, meditation, yoga. If you have not taken time away from whatever is causing that stress, such as at work, you really ought to consider taking a vacation or just getting away from it for a few days. Stress is serious business when it comes to effecting many aspects of your health. If not treated, it will eventually seriously start to compromise your health.

stressed woman

 

So I hope you have recognized that you can listen to your body for clues to better health. As you can see there are many methods used to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Some are physical such as paying attention to how your clothes fit or watching the scale. Others might be taking notice of whether you feel energetic or are lethargic during the day, letting you know you need to improve your sleep. Sometimes just looking in the mirror to see how your face looks or paying attention to your skin as far as its health, can point to the fact you may need to make some changes either to your diet or get more exercise.

This post highlights a great way to exercise that is good for just about everyone. Take a look:  Exercise for All

And then there is the psychological side as well when you are under stress and it has you all tied up in knots with anxiety. That is just as serious as having a poor immune system due to a poor diet. Stress can be just as deadly as any other serious disease and needs to be treated just as urgently as you would for illness. So tune in to that wonderful body of yours and listen when it speaks. Then do whatever it takes to make it happy. You will be glad you did.

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