As a naturopathic medical student, I understand the importance of clean eating, daily exercise, stress reduction, sufficient sleep, sunlight exposure, avoiding prolonged sitting, reducing toxin exposure, blood sugar regulation, etc. I never drink, I avoid sugar like the plague, I wear blue light blocking glasses before bed, I eat as many greens as humanly possible, I get regular acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments – so why am I still not feeling myself? This may sound familiar to you. You feel like you are doing everything in your power to get healthy and achieve optimal health. However, sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do, if you don’t address the root cause. Follow these steps in order to uncover your root cause and finally feel yourself again!
1. Don’t wait!
The biggest lesson I have learned throughout my journey is that when it comes to health - never put it off and never settle for anything less than optimal. If you brush off your symptoms, they will only get worse to the point where it could develop into something more serious like autoimmune disease and even cause lasting damage to your body. Also, once you start feeling better you will have wished that you addressed these issues a long time ago.
I feel so badly for those who suffer for 20+ years before seeking help. Imagine not having the ability to live your life to the fullest or reach your potential – not to mention, feeling poorly every single day with no hopes of improvement. It is also harder to treat conditions the longer they have progressed. Many put their health on the back-burner because they are too busy – but what could possibly be more important than your health? It should be your highest priority because it impacts every facet of your life and the people you love.
2. Seek the care of an integrative medical doctor or naturopathic physician
Alternative doctors will look deeper into your issues. Take the stress out of it and stop self-diagnosing – make symptoms worse. It can be hard to find the right doctor – and sometimes you may need to see multiple doctors before finding the right one.
You need to find a doctor who will address the underlying cause. We all know that traditional medical doctors mask symptoms with medications that only make the problem worse. An integrative medical doctor or naturopathic physician will listen and take your symptoms seriously. They will help you identify and treat the root cause.
3. Don’t stop looking for answers
The most frustrating experience for me was dealing with doctors who did not take my symptoms seriously. I’ve seen doctors on two complete opposite ends of the spectrum – those who deal with things a little too naturally in my opinion and those who only mask symptoms with medication. It almost seemed like they were too afraid to take any more aggressive measures. I finally found a naturopathic doctor who changed my life.
You know your body better than anyone else and you know if something is not right. Keep exploring underlying causes with the help of a health care practitioner until you are satisfied.
4. Put yourself first
This is not selfish in the least! You need to take care of yourself in order to have the ability to take care of others. The more you take care of yourself, the more positive energy that you can put back into the world. I have seen so many women put everyone else ahead of herself to the point where they become faced with chronic disease. Your family needs you to be healthy. Take time out for yourself to recover and heal. This is when you need it the most. Although it may not feel natural at first, remember that your loved ones would like nothing more than for you to be healthy and happy.
5. Health is a journey
This may be the single most important takeaway. Healing will take time. It is a process. Don’t expect things to change overnight. Commit and stay committed to this journey because it is completely worth it in the end. It may take time, however, every step of the way you will continue to learn more and more. You will not only start feeling better everyday, but you will also have the desire to help others and share the knowledge that you acquire. It may take time, but enjoy the process of your healing journey!