What is Health Intuition?
Happy New Year! I want to begin the new year talking about “ health intuition” or being intuitive with your health. Multiple times a day, I hear the same scenarios from my patients:
“My doctors are not listening to me, they keep saying I am fine and I am not.”
“I tell my doctors how I feel and they just offer me medication and send me off.”
“I am told my labs are fine or normal so that I am fine.”
“I am being dismissed, told I just need to lose weight or if I wasn’t this anxious, I wouldn’t feel the way I feel.”
Let me tell you, YOU KNOW YOUR BODY BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE! You know what is “normal” and “abnormal” for you; that is health intuition, trusting your body’s messages it is giving you.
Often, conventional medicine does not “dig deeper” to get to the root of a problem. It is superficial, treating the symptoms but not the source of what is causing the symptoms. I refer to it as “slapping on a band-aid”. Today medicine perhaps does not have time to dig, therefore if you don’t figure out what caused the wound in the first place, it will keep resurfacing.
Trusting your health intuition is the first step on the journey of healing from the inside out.
How do you do this? First it is being in tune to your body, connecting to it, getting to know the messages it sends you, and listening to it. Next, finding like-minded health practitioners who honor your health intuition and will be your partner in your health journey, not a superior and domineering figure. In your healthcare journey, you should be held and supported by practitioners who share your beliefs and values and will help you become the best version of yourself. True health and healing is wholesome. Your practitioners should look at all the pieces, not just one! Nutrition, exercise, stress, gut health, hormones, sleep, mind/body/mood and more make up your whole being and each piece needs to be tended to and nourished adequately.
Your team may consist of multiple providers …
such as a dietitian, an acupuncturist, a massage therapist, a naturopathic doctor, or medical specialists that will listen to you including your gynecologist, gastroenterologist, and/or cardiologist, and help you achieve health and well being. Using both conventional and integrative health practitioners, using your own health intuition, can offer the best mix of treatments and outcomes.
As a Registered Dietitian and Integrative and Functional Medicine Practitioner, I hold this space for so many and it is the most sacred and beautiful work. Here at Real You Nutrition we are here to listen to you, dig deep, and trust your health intuition. We are here to partner with you, and support you, to help you heal from the inside out so that you can become the best version of yourself. Remember, trust yourself, your health intuition will never steer you wrong!