LISTENING TO YOUR BODY… what is it saying to you?

If there was one piece of advice I would give someone to achieve optimum health, it would be to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.

When I was in my early 20’s, I was deaf to the call. When that infrequent feeling of malaise showed up, it was never clear whether I was really sick or just suffering from the Irish flu. Now, having walked this earth for almost half a century, it’s becoming easier to hear what my body is telling me. For us geezers, it may be wisdom that opens our ears, or just our body screaming louder and more frequently.

We are finely tuned machines that sometimes get mucked up by unhealthy lifestyle choices. As far as illness goes, there is ALWAYS a sign. It can be as subtle as a summer breeze, or as loud as your mother-in–law’s voice. Either way, if you’re open to it, you will hear it. Here are some signs that you might be out of balance.

1. Fatigue

2. Insomnia

3. Digestion Issues

4. Skin outbreaks

5. Change in temperature – feeling hotter or colder than usual

6. Hair loss or change of texture/ luster

7. Frequent illness

8. Mood swings or change

9. Excessive thirst or appetite

10. Aches or pains

11. Allergies

Seems pretty obvious, right? How many times do you wake up tired, or poop out during the day, causing you to indulge in a stimulant like coffee or sugar? Then you forget about it for the rest of the day. Or you eat something and feel bloated, over and over again. You may reach for pepto bismol or tums and again, fuhgedabowdit! And that nagging feeling in your lower back…what’s up with that? A little advil and then…Pow! amnesia. Do you see what I’m getting at? If you start to see a pattern, there may be a problem.

No need to break out the hazmat and call the surgeon – first listen more closely.

Use your natural medicine cabinet to see if you can change the pattern of the imbalance. Enlist the help of your acupuncturist and/or medical practitioner if the symptoms are persisting. And don’t forget to Q-tip your ears and Listen Up!