I have been somewhat health conscience as long as I can remember. I used to read a medical dictionary for fun as child. My parents chose to not watch television … at all. So, my curious mind sought out everything I could read about the human body. Fast forward a decade or so and I’m still just as curious as I was then. Only now I have the wonderful world of the web at my fingertips. This can be a double edged sword when you are seeking out information to help your body heal from an ailment. Some info is helpful and from reputable sources. Then other sources are people who are just like you. Struggling with the source of the problem and trying to weed their way through the reconstructive process. You’ll likely read a lot of conflicting information and you might even become really discouraged at some of the things that people recommend based off their own experiences. So, how do we know what to invest our time in and what to expect as we work towards a healthy functioning body?
I’m not going to talk about how to look up peer reviewed or published journals or to differentiate junk websites from those of knowledgeable professionals. I am going to discuss with you adjusting your expectations. Most of us have come to understand healing as being the absence of symptoms. But, I would say that healing is actually our bodies working their way to improved function.
From the time you are born your body is expected to start functioning as if it knows how to read a clock. Bodies don’t know days, weeks, months, or years. With regards to time of day, our bodies only know light and dark or sunlight and absence of sunlight. Taking this in to account can be somewhat comforting as you are working to bring about changes in your body. There is no set amount of time that it should take to accomplish a specific change. It’s more a matter of providing the right stimuli on a consistent bases so that your body can adjust to the messages that you’re sending it. Consistency is important. It’s also challenging. You may find that after a while you start to feel discouraged or like the health issue is all you think about. Adjusting your focus to the improvements that you have already made can help minimize your concerns about the time it may or may not take to get to the finish line.
Progress not Perfection
As you implement the changes you have settled on, it’s important to not become discouraged. Generally speaking, we hit a wall by about the third to fourth week after something new is introduced in to our lives. For this reason it’s important to monitor your progress. Whether you are changing up your food choices to heal an issue in your gut or you’re adding specific supplements, it’s important to keep a record of how your body expresses change. Journaling may not be the most fun, but it’s probably the simplest way to track symptoms as they improve. I like to encourage people to start their journal before they start their new protocol. It’s easy to forget how miserable something made you when it’s left your life for a few weeks. Make sure you cover every body system and emotions in your symptom list. You’ll be surprised to see how these are all impacted as the body heals.
This is a tough one for me. I like to generally go it alone and not involve others when I’m dealing with a health concern. I think that’s mostly my pride. I also like to think I’m knowledgeable and capable of keeping myself on track, but I still have found myself crying to my husband that I don’t know if the problem is real or if it’s just in my head or if I can even follow through with the protocol that I started. We don’t have to go it alone. There is a ton of support out there for in the natural health fields. Also, just talking about your concerns can sometimes help alleviate them enough for you to refocus and get back to the task at hand. So, whether it’s a health coach or a friend that shares your confidence in the body’s ability to heal itself, make sure to involve someone in your journey.
Sometimes the healing process can take several months before the body returns to full function and sometimes it can take significantly less time. Staying focused on the progress you’ve made, involving someone you trust in the process, and removing the timeline as a measure of progress can help you see and even enjoy the process of our body returning to its natural function.
Want more information on the healing process? Be sure to research the “herxheimer reaction” and “healing crisis“. Also, check out Dr Mercola’s article regarding Vitamin D and be sure to get your copy of Natural Health Made Easy: The Briobiotic Protocol.