In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-Why listening to your body is one of the most critical skills to develop if you want to get healthy or stay healthy
-The importance of pain
-The 3 times you should IGNORE what your body is telling you
It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health, and in this quick video, I want to talk to you about when you should listen to your body and when you should ignore it.
This is a really critical skill we work with people to help them develop, because it is key to getting healthy and staying healthy long-term.
Most of us, and doubly so if we’re guys, are taught to ignore our bodies. Tired, drink some coffee. Hungry, wolf something down. Something hurts, pop some aspirin and get on with it.
And as you can imagine, I think this is a terrible idea. We need to listen to what our body and mind are telling us, in every aspect of our lives. If something hurts or feels bad, whether that’s physical, mental, or emotional it’s a signal we have a problem there. What we need to do is zoom in, feel what’s going on and figure out what the problem is.
If we ignore that pain, the problem is only going to continue getting worse.
For most of the people we work with we can trace their issues back years, and often decades.
For example, Marcie (not her real name) came to us with digestive issues and autoimmunity. She had been diagnosed about 3 years ago. But when we began to dig into the root causes of what was going on for her we found that she had always had a ‘sensitive stomach’ and a history of digestive issues going back to at least when she was 9 or 10. And we found that she had begun having aches and pains and some joint issues more than a decade ago.
Now before I say this next piece I want to be very clear. VERY CLEAR. That I am not about blame, shame, or guilt. I find these destructive emotions to make things worse rather than better.
So when I say that if Marcie had been properly educated and taught to really clue in on what her body was telling her, it’s possible that her digestive issues would have bene fixed when she was little. Or when she began feeling those unusual aches and pains she would have zeroed in on them and gotten some help.
Paying attention to what’s going on in your body and when things change is a critical skill for preventative medicine and staying healthy.
Having said that, there are a couple of nuances we need to keep in mind – when we should ignore what’s going on.
The first is that all of us, no matter how much we want to bio-hack ourselves or strive for peak performance, have our ups and downs. Our energy may go up and down. Our digestion may be a little off here and there. Our brain may not be firing on all cylinders. And that’s normal. Not every little ache and pain is something we need to worry about.
So while it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on, it’s also important not to overflow stuff that’s going on. Mostly we’re looking for changes that are significant, or lasting, or that are getting worse over time.
So if you ate out at a new restaurant last night and your digestion is a little off this morning, there’s nothing to panic about. But if it keeps getting worse and a week later things are still way off normal, than that’s something you should look into, because probably a few tweaks now can save you a lot of work down the road.
The second time you want to ignore what your body is telling you is when it tells us to default to gluttony and sloth. It’s important we all acknowledge that each of us is lazy and a pig for food. It’s not a character flaw, it’s genetically hardwired into us. In the good old days when we had to hunt for food and the risk of starvation was very real, those of us who did a whole bunch of exercise for no reason, or pulled away from the feast while there was something left on our plate didn’t last very long. Each of us is wired that way – some of us a little more than others.
And so, often our bodies will tell us that we want to eat that chocolate cake, or skip that work out. We call these cravings and if we follow them we will become unhealthier.
When it comes to food cravings and appetite, one very simple test is to ask yourself if another non-cravy food sounds equally as good. For example you find yourself wanting to tear into a pack of cookies. Ask yourself is a steak or an apple sounds almost as good? If you are truly hungry the answer will be yes. If you are just having a craving the answer is, ‘Duh! of course not’. If it’s just a craving, then most of the time you should ignore what your body is telling you and get on with things.
And lastly, the third time you should ignore what your body is telling you, is often in cases of chronic pain. Now I’m no expert here, so I’m just going to mention this in passing, but fascinating research around chronic pain – not the pain of a recent injury – says that you are better off ignoring this messed up signal and getting on with your life. For more on this I recommend checking out the work of Dr. John Sarno or one of my favorite books on this subject ‘Back in Control’ by Dr. David Hanscom. If you’d like to listen to a podcast I did with Dr. Hanscom we’ll go ahead and put that in the show notes.
Alight, so there you have it…
One of the critical skills we each need to develop to get and stay healthy is to pay attention to what our body is telling us. Almost always we have warning signs that occur before, and often way before, something serious happens. If we can tune into that and take appropriate action, we can often prevent that bad thing from happening.
And there are some times that we need to ignore our bodies: we need to recognize what are normal ups and downs versus a sign of something more serious. We need to recognize cravings which should mostly be ignored. And in cases of chronic pain, often the answer is to ignore it and move on.
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