If your body is making noises (rumbling, grumbling, bubbling, gas, burping, etc.) or otherwise presenting with negative signs it’s trying to tell you something. The following 7 items will help you learn to communicate better with your body.
- Burping, gas, and stomach noises. If these are regular occurrences for you, then your body is telling you that it’s having difficulty digesting. This means you have a food intolerance, food allergy, and/or your digestive system is compromised. Simply taking gas reducing medication or chewing on Rolaids isn’t a solution. It’s only a way to temporarily mask the symptoms and doesn’t get to the root of the issue.
- Heartburn and stomach pain. Pain isn’t a good thing, especially if it happens regularly. It’s a sign something is wrong. Very wrong. Your body is trying to tell you that it’s not happy. You are most likely feeding it all the wrong things and it’s begging you to stop. It may also be a sign of food intolerance or gut damage.
- Sluggishness or feelings of energy loss. Needing extra boosts of energy throughout the day from coffee, “energy drinks,” or other forms of adrenal boosters are a sign that your body isn’t happy. It’s not a natural thing, no matter what the advertisements want us to believe. This could be from an overuse of caffeine, a lack of restful sleep, food allergies, adrenal gland fatigue, and/or a diet of foods that aren’t what your body needs.
- Blemished, rough, dry, flaky, or other skin problem. When in distress, your body will physically show it through it’s largest organ: the skin. Creams and lotions often just mask (or make worse) the root cause of what’s making your skin seem less than perfect. Allergies, toxic foods, hormonal imbalance, lack of the amino acid L-Lysine, and/or an unclean liver or kidneys is usually the culprit.
- Swollen lymph nodes. If you notice swollen lymph nodes, your body is trying to fight off toxins or an infection. Pay attention to this sign, especially if it occurs regularly. Triggers for this could be toxins in your deodorant, perfume, food, environment or other beauty products.
- Anger, depression, lack of motivation and/or other mood challenges. Your brain is impacted by foods, toxins, sleep, environment, and everything else your body is effected by. You aren’t necessarily supposed to feel ecstatic every second of every day, but you shouldn’t feel mentally yucky all the time either. Even “normal” mood swings due to PMS shouldn’t be extreme, no matter how acceptable or usual it is.
- Swollen stomach or inability to lose weight. If your stomach swells every time you eat or despite your best efforts with a healthy diet and exercise you are unable to lose weight, then your body is trying to tell you that there’s a problem. You could have a food intolerance, a damaged digestive system, and/or a thyroid disorder (often triggered by a toxin, food, or gut disorder such as Celiac’s Disease.)
Track what your body is saying
A great way to test your body listening skills is to keep notice of how you feel and how your body is changing and responding on a regular basis. Keeping a body communication journal is extremely helpful in identifying patterns and successes.
Here’s some of the information that will help you keep an effective body communication journal. Write down:
- How you feel when you wake up.
- What supplements you are taking and in what dosages.
- What you eat for meals.
- How you feel after you eat.
- How you feel throughout the day.
- Note emotional and physical changes as all can be attributed to changes in your diet.
- Record your weight and fluctuations.
- Record random things you may notice like hair loss, bloating, swelling, joint pain, sneezing, headaches, or other changes.
- Note fluctuations in hormone levels, stress levels, anger, crying, or changes in menstrual cycle.
This information will help you better understand how to identify the root cause of your challenges and where to begin fixing them.
Remember, you aren’t supposed to feel sick, bloated, or sluggish after you eat and your skin, mood, and weight shouldn’t fluctuate all the time.
Listen to your body. It’s talking to you!