Have you ever asked yourself this question: Who’s in charge of my health?
Whenever I ask this people question, everyone says their doctor is in charge.
Reeeaaally? Your doctor?
Not to burst your bubble but…
Why would you put the most important thing in your life in someone else’s hand?
I know you’re going to say you don’t know how your body works. How in the world can you be in charge of something you know nothing about.
Well, let’s change that.
See, the thing is…
You – YOU! – are the only person who can know your body best.
So I want to give you a little nerd power today. If you’re going to be the boss of your body, you’ve got to know what to look out for.
Here are four simple signs and tests that can prevent you from getting diseases you never want to have, and hopefully save your life.
(1) Poop (I start at the end 😉 )
You want to be pooping at least once a day. Anything less can be considered constipation. Your poop should be soft but well-formed. If you need to bring a magazine in the bathroom because you’re waiting around for things to happen, that’s a mild form of constipation. Pooping up to three times a day is ideal.
Your poop is a direct indicator of how your digestive system is working. Your digestive system is central to how the entire rest of your body functions, from your hormones to your brain.
Regular, easy gut movement is a basic sign of good digestion. Your gut moves best when you have good amounts of fiber and water (both of which come only from plant foods).
If you’re not eating enough water-rich/fiber-rich foods (veggies and fruits), your gut isn’t movings things well. That lets toxins build up and cause symptoms in other areas of your body.
Eliminating waste is a key to keeping your body clean of toxins.
Pay attention to changes in your skin, such as excessive dryness, rashes, or acne breakouts.
Your skin is a large detoxification organ. It releases (and absorbs!) toxins.
If the skin is reacting with visible symptoms, it generally means your body needs to detoxify more than normal.
Your skin is a literal map that correlates to different parts of your body. When some system in your body isn’t working properly, your skin will show it in corresponding areas of your face or body. It can be a sign that something is congested on a deeper level.
(3) FASTING BLOOD SUGAR TEST
This is a test you want to get done at least once a year. Your values should be normal (under 100 mg/dL). Not low (hyperglycemic), not high (diabetic).
Your glucose level shows how your pancreas is working. It tells you how well your cells use glucose, the primary fuel of your body.
If your sugar is low, it could mean your pancreas is struggling to keep your glucose levels stable. If it’s high, it means you’re overworking your pancreas and it’s losing strength to keep glucose levels balanced. This is diabetes. This, you don’t want.
The main cause: too much sugar. Do a little math with your daily food intake and see if you’re within your maximum daily sugar intake. If you’re above that on most days, you’re on the road to trouble.
(4) BLOOD LIPID TEST
This is a set of tests that includes your total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. You can check this once a year.
You want all your values to be in the normal ranges, and ideally on the low ends, except for HDL, which is called “good cholesterol,” in which case the higher the better. One key value is the cholesterol ratio, which is best if it’s less than 3.5 to 1.
Your blood lipids (fats) affect your heart health. Heart disease is so common, and either debilitating or fatal.
Aging processes like dementia result from damage to the cardiovascular system.
Cholesterol is made in your liver and can be directly affected by your diet. If your cholesterol is high, it’s either from too much animal fats or from excess sugar (yes, quite a shocker).
A lot of people make the excuse that high cholesterol “runs in the family” but that’s mainly because most family generations have very similar eating habits that they’re unaware of.
The right diet changes can have a greater effect on your cholesterol than your genes.
How to make a positive change if things aren’t going so well?
🙂 Eat more water-rich foods. That’s more veggies and fruits. And that’s where the fiber is. Start trying to make 50% of your meals water-rich foods. It’s definitely a challenge.
When you try this, you’ll notice you’ll eat more real, whole foods, and you’ll be forced to eliminate processed food. Hint: start by kicking the soda habit. (It’s pure poison.)
🙂 You really want to make good things happen? Just say no to dairy. It forms excessive mucus in your gut, which accumulates and congests your intestines – the place where food should get absorbed nice and clean, but doesn’t when you eat goopy dairy.
🙂 Adding a little movement to your day is so good. Brisk walking is amazing. Just 30 minutes a day can balance blood sugars, get your gut moving, and help your skin sweat out toxins.
Please note. You should always consult your doctor for any medical advice. This information here is for education purposes only and does not replace professional medical care.
I am only here to help empower you to know your body – to know how things work and why. With that knowledge comes the power to make healthy choices.
I’d love your honest feedback: do you feel like you can be in charge of your health? Let me know in the comments below.