Imagine you went out and bought a beautiful new house plant. After a couple of weeks, the plant’s once
beautiful green leaves begin to turn brown and droop slowly, lower to the ground. When this unfortunate event takes place, what are the first things that you think about to fix the situation and save
the plant? Would you spray the leaves green with spray paint? That surely would make it look pretty again, at least for a little while. Or maybe, you think, you could try and prop up the dried out wilted stems with sticks and string.

Of course, you don’t think EITHER of these things! How ridiculous would this be? No matter how much experience you have with taking care of plants, your first instinct is that there must be something wrong with the soil your plant is growing in, or it might not be getting enough water or sunlight. In other words, you look at the source of the problem rather than the problem itself to give your plant a fighting chance of surviving.

In this situation, the solution appears to be so obvious and logical, doesn’t it? So, why is it that when it comes to our own health, we fail to apply this same logic? Most of us would rather paint the leaves green or prop up our wilted dried out stems before we ever think to consider, or even just take the time to work on basic health principles that build the foundation for optimum health.

We get so fixated on the superficial manifestations of a much deeper issue. We get fixated on the acne, the frequent cold or illness, ache or pain, or even deeper, the weakened adrenals or thyroid, but fail to consider what might be causing these things. We opt for a specific ailment or treatment plan for a specific symptom or diagnosis and fail to consider that the real issue might be far removed from the actual symptom itself.

Just like a plant, our bodies have basic health needs to function optimally. When basic health needs are
not prioritized on a regular basis, symptoms, overtime, will begin to manifest and will vary from person to person. Consider first the soil that you are living in before you try and fix your symptoms with medications, or specific treatments. These will only mask your problems for a little while and may eventually lead to further health decline.

Things to consider: What type of food are you eating daily? How well are you digesting the food you are eating? What do your sleep habits look like? Are you getting appropriate exercise throughout the week How well are you managing your stress? Are you connecting with other people? What is your spiritual life like? When each of these areas is paid attention to and nurtured in a positive way that is appropriate for your current state of health and lifestyle, these are the things that will be rich soil, water and sunlight to living a healthy life. Considering these things may seem basic, because it is. Implementing healthy habits in each of these areas is where people often struggle.

You can get well and have energy to live the life you love but it must start with these simple, timeless principles.

When these basic health principles are implemented consistently for months and symptoms persist, the next step would be to run specific functional labs to reveal possible hidden stress within the hormone immune and detoxification systems.

 

Erin Finch
Erin Finch
FDN-Practitioner
Holistic Nutrition Consultant
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