Symptoms are common…but are they normal? 

Symptoms are common…but are they normal? 

Symptoms are common but this does not mean that they are normal. How many people do you know that suffer from one or more of the following: headaches, migraines, gut issues (constipation, diarrhoea, gas, bloating, IBS, heartburn), insomnia, inflammation, fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight issues, etc?? A symptoms is a sign from your body that something is not right, something is out of balance. Often people are not listening to their body or choose to ignore it. Sometimes they reach for a quick fix, a 'magic' pill, just so they can continue on with their life without making any changes to their lifestyle. This is only a short term solution and often has other health implications down the track. They don't look for the root cause of what may be causing the symptom in the first place.

Over time, people learn to live with their symptoms and it becomes their new ‘normal’, a part of their everyday life. People forget what it felt like to be healthy and vital before they were sick. But is this really the way we should be living? Isn’t there a better solution? And do you really want to be living this way forever? 

Symptoms are not a deficiency of a medication or pill. A headache is not a deficiency of aspirin, heartburn is not a deficiency of antacids, and constipation is not a deficiency of a laxative. But too often when we have symptoms such as these, we look for an easy fix, e.g. a pill or drug to make everything ok, to make everything better again so we can continue to live our life without making any changes. If you had a choice – take this pill to make your symptom go away or make all of these lifestyle changes, which would you pick? I am guessing take the pill. For many people, it is much easier to deal with symptoms by taking a pill or finding ways to deal and live with it, rather than making specific changes to their lifestyle. Taking a pill involves the least amount of effort. It is the easiest solution in the short term, but how will this pan out for the long term? If the root cause is never identified, symptoms will continue to occur until you are diagnosed with a disease or illness. 

Often when symptoms appear, people go to the doctor and are prescribed a pill to treat a symptom or condition. As the root cause is never identified and treated, we are just masking the symptom with medication. Without looking at the root cause and identifying the real issue at hand, we will only be chasing our tail. For example, you get a headache and you take an aspirin or Pandadol but you never look at why you might be getting these headaches. Could it be from your eye sight, work issues, relationships, stress, diet factors, sleep issues, gut issues? Without looking at all these factors, it will keep you in the cycle of trial and error where you try to find a solution where it only works for a certain period of time and then over time you need a stronger dose as your body gets used to it and it stops working, so you are onto the next 'solution'. Over time, this creates a cascade of events as the first pill causes other symptoms and so another pill is prescribed for the new lot of symptoms. This continues until before you know it you are taking 10 different medications. Being prescribed all of these medications only makes us dependent on them and stuck in a cycle and does not look at the root cause. 

Another issue is that symptoms from health conditions can appear differently in people. Just because someone has a headache doesn’t mean that they haven’t drunk enough water. There could be a hundred reasons why they are getting a headache and this is different for everyone. Taking Panadol for example, only masks the symptoms, it doesn’t identify the root cause. We are so quick to medicate ourselves rather than find the root cause.  

As an Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner, it is my role to: 

  • work with you to find the root cause of any issues/symptoms you may have. Even though symptoms are common, they are not normal and you should not be dealing with them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Symptoms are a sign that something in your body is out of balance and it is showing up in your body. 

  • Using questionnaires, I am able to help identify any underlying conditions or issues which may be contributing to your health issues. I assess, not guess.  

  • Through education, behaviour and lifestyle modifications, I aim to help you improve your health rather than just treating your symptoms. I don’t just tell you what to do. My aim to explain the ‘why’ - why it is important you do certain things because it is here that growth and change occurs. If I told you to do something but you didn’t understand why I recommended it, then you are more likely to stop and not follow through.  

  • By following the 6 foundation principles (thinking, breathing, eating, drinking, moving, sleeping) and reducing stress in your life, puts you in a better position to deal with anything that may come your way. 

It is always better to find the cause of what is causing you issues, From here, true healing can occur. In today's society we are quick to take medication as an easy solution but this does not help us in the long term. For long lasting health and vitality, we need to take control of our health and live according to the 6 foundation principles. Identify areas in our life that we can improve and grow and make ourselves as healthy and vital as possible. Symptoms may be common but they are not normal, even though today so many people are suffering from so many chronic health conditions and illnesses. Look after yourself and make some changes today!!

For further information on how to improve your health then send me a message or contact me via my website. If you are suffering from a number of symptoms and don’t know where to start then contact me. We can work together to instill positive lifestyle changes. 

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