7 Steps 2 Health
Learn 7 steps to uncovering your body’s underlying health issues. These steps are logical and build on each other. To follow these steps involves “unpeeling” of the onion and identifying the layers of your body’s health issues. Through lab tests we can best identify where the imbalances are. Otherwise, you are guessing.
Once you have this information, it is time to review lifestyle, dietary and nutritional supplement choices to see where changes may need to be made.
It is true that the foundations of good health are eating right, exercising and good sleep. However, this is a pretty simplistic, general view that doesn’t account for the uniqueness of who you are. For instance, one person’s super food may be another’s poison. And, many of the 7 step issues impact your sleep and your ability to exercise.
These 7 steps have to do with the basic inner workings of your body. Once the 7 steps have been addressed, then eating in balance for your body and having an active lifestyle will produce stellar results.
Step One: Clear your detox pathways.
We are exposed to poisons at seemingly every turn in life from our food, to the air we breathe, to the outgassing of products we buy for our homes, to our body care products and cleaning products.
The fact is if you cannot get rid of toxins out of your body, you cannot be well. Toxins interfere with the normal workings of your body chemistry. It is usually a slow downward spiral in health and hard to pin your symptoms on any one toxic exposure. It is an additive effect.
The key is to support the body’s ability to process the poisons and put them into a form that can be excreted. The list of symptoms due to internal body toxicity is so large I cannot list it here but three big ones are fatigue, skin issues, and weight management.
This step addresses the fact that no matter how much or little toxins you have been exposed to, if they don’t have a clear unobstructed pathway to leave your body, it will disturb your body’s chemistry.
This will eventually produce unwanted health issues whether or not you have symptoms. All of the top major chronic diseases of today have strong links to toxicity.
Step Two: Figure out if you have anemia and what to do about it.
Sometimes, health can be distilled down to some simple ideas. Here is one: If you cannot deliver oxygen to your tissues, you cannot enjoy good health.
There are several types of anemias, and they all result in the inability of your red blood cells to carry oxygen to your tissues.
Fatigue is usually one of main results of the anemias. This makes sense because oxygen is a critical component of energy production in your cells. Lowered oxygen is lowered energy production and reduced healing.
It is really hard to enjoy life if you are tired all the time.
Step Three: Find out how high or low and how stable your blood sugar is.
One of the most profound things you can do for your health is to measure the markers in a comprehensive blood chemistry that pertains to blood sugar balance and normalize them.
There are several of these markers.
Altered blood sugar balances form the underpinnings of all the top major chronic diseases in America today. For instance, there is no way to balance estrogens and testosterone, if there are blood sugar and insulin spikes throughout one’s day.
Similar to the anemia situation, if one cannot deliver glucose to the cells for energy, one cannot have good health. Fatigue, mood changes, and cravings are often the result of blood sugar imbalances.
Step Four: Gut issues are addressed.
One of the most common over the counter medications in America is for indigestion. To think that you can eat whatever you feel like and take a medication to relieve your indigestion with no consequences, is short sighted at best.
I am fond of saying that there is an 8 lane highway between your gut and your brain. If you have problems with your brain function like depression and anxiety and memory issues, you would be well advised to fix your gut as a part of your brain program.
Getting to know what foods support your body and which ones do not is a critical part of gut health.
In addition, it is vitally important that you balance the microbes that live in your gut as they perform several important functions in your immune, detoxification and digestive systems.
Step Five: Find out which substances slow down inflammation.
Inflammation is a double edged sword. It is necessary to heal acute trauma like a cut, abrasion, burn or a bite.
Without an immune response to such trauma then healing cannot take place. This is a normal body response. When a chronic condition exists, that inflammation can do much damage to the tissues of your body.
There are certain conditions that produce chronic inflammation. These conditions produce a host of bad guy molecules in your body that can hurt your immune system and produce a wide variety of health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, thyroid problems and brain issues.
There are many natural substances that may be used to slow down or stop some of these conditions from harming your body.
Step Six: Your hormonal system is assessed.
It is important to look at the biomarkers of the hormonal system. It’s more than just testosterone and estrogen, although those are huge players in how a person feels.
Low energy and drive, brain fog, weight management, and low libido are common symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Cortisol, insulin, the thyroid hormones, and sex hormones, etc. are all good other indicators of what is balanced and what is imbalanced in your body so you can make changes to your lifestyle to correct them.
When you address balancing your hormones, you have unleashed a powerful force in helping you get and stay healthy.
Step Seven: Find out what irritates your immune system.
If chronic inflammation is part of your health condition (which is extremely likely) then it makes sense to figure out what is causing the chronic inflammation.
There are a bunch of irritants to your immune system that you come into contact with in your daily life. The long term exposure to these irritants causes immune dysfunction. The immune system dysfunction causes chronic inflammation which damages your body (and causes many of the problems with health in America today).
The best way to figure this out is to do lab tests to figure out which substances irritate your immune system. These are very sophisticated tests from extremely reputable companies. Once you figure out the irritants, you address them one by one with recommendations and suggestions.
You can’t address what you don’t know. That is why accurate lab testing and careful analysis is so critical to this process. The application of this knowledge is very powerful in helping you get healthy and stay healthy.
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