The Truth About Symptoms

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Symptoms… are not normal. They’re not something that naturally comes with age. They’re not something we need to get used to. They’re not something to ignore. They’re not something that simply “happens” to us… but are something created by us. A symptom is our body’s way of telling us that something needs our attention.

We all know when we’re in our cars and the dreaded red light comes on. It’s the way our car is telling us there’s something wrong and if we want to have a car to drive at all, we’ll consider taking it in to see what the problem is.

Well, we work the same way. When a symptom presents itself (like fatigue, headaches, joint pain, skin or digestive issues, etc.), it’s our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. Now, many of us opt for “symptom relief” where we’ll take something to suppress those symptoms. For example, if we have a headache, we take an aspirin. If we have joint pain, we take something for that, if we have a digestive issue, we’ll take something for that too. 

This strategy never allows us to find the root cause of the symptom and while we may mask it temporarily by taking something, it usually will show up somewhere else or come back later on with a vengeance.

It’s as if, instead of taking your car in for service when the red light comes on, you take a big smiley face sticker and place it right over the red light! You’ve successfully “suppressed the symptom” and you don’t see the red light but over time that method of “symptom relief” will surely become much worse.

Radiant health, energy and vitality occurs when we find the cause of symptoms… and heal the real problem. Whether it’s a digestive problem, food intolerance, reaction to a lifestyle issue (stress, toxicity, relationships, etc.), an autoimmune reaction, sensitivity or more, finding and healing the real issue can eliminate those annoying symptoms, once and for all.

What symptoms have you been tolerating and is it time for you to address them? I’d love to know, comment and share!

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