A life-changing experience. I got to see inside my blood!
It’s an extra Happy Friday if you are any kind of a science geek like me!
Ok, being on this list means you’ve most likely heard me share about learning to listen to your body. Your body talks. She talks all the time, but we often deem something else more important or just don’t listen.
Well, I’ve been in a phase of denial as I shared about in a recent post – if you missed it, you can read it here – until this week. Thanks to a friend’s referral and gentle push, I decided to reacquaint myself with my body on a deeper level.
Lately I’ve noticed I’m more tired than usual. I’m experiencing extreme allergies, more acne and, I can’t seem to lose one single pound of the 10 I’ve put on in the last year. All of these are ways my body is talking. She’s telling me something is wrong and it’s up to me to figure out what that is.
So, I finally listened and more importantly, took action. I went to see my first naturopath who specializes in functional medicine and live blood analysis. Now this is where it gets really cool!
Check out the picture below. This is a picture of my blood. Yup. My real live cells. Freakin’ cool, right?!
You wanna talk about a life changing experience?! Seeing a visual image of what is happening inside of me was/is powerful. I got to see what a food allergy does to my cells. (FYI – It’s the monstrosity on the top right.)
The above image definitely makes me want to help my body out and feed her with foods that work for her. I now know EXACTLY what is going on in my body. I also know what foods are working for me and against me. I have a unique-to-me plan. And, THAT is my biggest point in this post.
Yes we are all human. Yes, we all have pretty much the same organs (men & women slightly different). Yes, we all need oxygen to stay alive. But the thing is, we are all still very different within that.
The medical, diet and exercise industries don’t really take that into account. They want to give us a one size fits all diagnosis or routine.
Let me ask you, when was the last time a one size fits all item of clothing actually worked for YOU? I can’t say that’s ever been the case for me! So, it stands to reason: There is no such thing as a one size fits all approach to health. (Click to tweet.)
Could I have gone to a medical doctor to have them give me an allergy pill to take for the rest of my life. Sure. But that’s not me. I don’t want to treat the symptoms. I want to cure the issue.
I believe food is powerful. It can act as medicine, as long as we know what works for our individual body. Which is up to us to figure out. Fortunately and unfortunately, we are living in a time where the government’s main concern ISN’T our health. So, the more we can educate ourselves the better we will be.
This is when it gets really fun. I think the body is the most incredible gift we get in this life and the more I peel mine open, the more I am in awe of her. My hope is that I’m inspiring you to do the same.
In the comments below tell me if you agree. Are you in awe of your body? Do you know what she needs to thrive? Have you had an incredibly powerful experience like the one I share?
I’m excited to see what you have to say. I hope we all at one point or another revere the majesty of our bodies.
Wishing you incredible attunement to your body’s needs.
ps – This week’s Feature Friday Gal is in love with the gift of pregnancy! See her sweetness + belly here.
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