By Jennifer Keirstead, Holistic Nutritionist
Listening for Clues to Health
The body’s ability to heal itself has always amazed me. I suffered from asthma my entire childhood and now I’ve been puffer-free for over 15 years. I attribute my healing to listening to my body’s cues. These are the little, hidden messages your body gives you; its way of communicating. My asthma was a clue, a sign of my body’s obvious distress but I just wasn’t listening.
I had never linked my need for steroid puffers to my food choices.
We all have our own unique needs. Some of the most common barriers to healing I see in my practice are food related, or stress induced, while inadequate sleep, food allergies and toxic overload can be contributing factors as well.
Most people suffering with chronic pain and disease are handed a prescription. I believe the self healing approach to illness involves identifying the cause of the pain; emotional or physical. My experience has been that by addressing the cause of the pain at all of the emotional, mental and physical level brings about the most successful long term results. By addressing the underlying causes, rather than chronically masking the symptoms with medications we allow our body to heal itself.
Taking Time to Heal
There are several approaches one can take to heal themselves naturally. One important component is to remember that true healing takes time. I advise an integrated approach because sometimes looking at the big picture can be overwhelming. If we go day-to-day and focus on one thing at time, this tends to be less intimidating.
Life provides us with so many rich lessons, and listening brings wisdom.
Like life itself, our body sends messages to us daily. This feedback conveys valuable information. Listening provides insights and a deeper understanding of ways to improve our own personal health.
Symptoms are gifts, particularly when they guide us to change our diet or lifestyle habits. Drugs and other medications, which suppress symptoms, can convey a false sense of healing. Then, we may not bother to search for reasons, or to ask “why?” While drugs may have a place for some people at certain times, pharmaceutical drugs do come with their own side effects.
Just think how comforting it is to know and trust in the fact that the body is inherently programmed for healing. But, to let the body do this important work, we must allow it time and we must be patient. We do our part by adopting a sense of trust rather than fear, as we provide for ourselves simple healing balms like good food, rest and sleep, fresh air and sunshine, exercise, as well as a sense of gratitude – as well as enough time and space to connect with ourselves.
“The body is a master at self-healing. Its natural blueprint of healing wisdom is far too complex for us completely unravel. And, that is good. It allows us to replace fear with trust. All we need is to appreciate that simple nutritional and lifestyle habits attuned to nature can do much to restore and support the body’s inherent harmony and congruency.” –Carol Kenney, Ph.D in the Science of Natural Health
We can all heal our bodies naturally. The key is to listen to what it needs.