Symptoms are clues but what do they mean?

Symptoms are common but not normal.  It is not normal to have increasing symptoms that are just attributed to “aging.”  Symptoms are a sign that something is not working correctly.  Simple symptoms, when systemically organized, can provide insight into underlying drivers of organ and glandular systems that contribute to health issues.  Understanding this can empower people to refuse to accept symptoms that others think of as normal and provide motivation to alleviate them once and for all.

Meaning Behind Symptoms

The two most common categories I find with my clients are Liver/Gallbladder and Sugar Handling.  What that means is that from a symptom perspective, the symptoms listed indicate that most people are struggling with the function of their Liver/Gall Bladder system and their Sugar Handling system that is responsible for balancing blood sugar.  Both of these are strongly related to diet and are managed easily by diet changes, whole food supplements (more or less depending on your willingness to make diet changes) and seasons of cleansing.

For example, the questions of the liver/gallbladder group are designed to determine the need for nutritional support to improve the function of the liver and gallbladder and the related detoxification and fat metabolism systems.  Indications here do not point to liver or gallbladder disease but rather to deficiency of needed food factors to support proper function of these organs.  The liver should be thought of as the industrial center of the body; it acts as a chemical factory making new body chemistry and down toxic waste chemistry, filters impurities from the blood, generates new cells for much of the body, and plays a large part in the balancing of the entire endocrine (hormone) system.  The production of bile in the liver and storage of that bile in the gall bladder is essential for the proper metabolism of dietary fats and their conversion into necessary chemicals including hormones.  Primary indicators of liver and gallbladder dysfunction are…

  • sneezing attacks
  • dizziness
  • dry skin
  • bitter, metallic taste in the mouth in the mornings
  • pain between shoulder blades
  • nightmares
  • worrier, feels insecure
  • sensitivity to hot weather
  • greasy foods upset

The category of sugar handling covers the processes the body uses to properly manage carbohydrates eaten in the diet.  Difficulties with sugar handling can have a negative effect on the balance between the  Sympathetic (fight or flight) and Parasympathetic (body building) sides of the Autonomic Nervous System, indirectly influencing all other body function.  Sugar handling can also directly affect liver function, pancreas function, kidney function and circulation.  While not a direct indicator of disease, indications in this group point to the body’s inability to properly metabolize the carbohydrates in the diet and the need for dietary changes and  nutrients to rebalance this function.  Sugar handling symptoms tend to start with weight gain, headaches and fatigue in the early stages and may graduate to more serious indications over time including possibly thyroid problems, diabetes and heart disease.  Primary indicators of sugar handling dysfuntion are…

  • eat when nervous
  • hungry between meals
  • get “shaky” if hungry
  • crave candy or coffee in the afternoons
  • excessive appetite
  • irritable before meals
  • fatigue, eating relieves
  • awaken a few hours after falling asleep – hard to get back to sleep
  • moods of depression, “blue” or melancholy

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