Fatigue, cravings, constipation, weight gain, skin issues, hormonal dysfunction…all of these symptoms have one thing in common: they all have a root.
That may seem obvious, especially if you’re used to a more holistic and functional view of health. But personally, I find that people still have trouble getting out of “symptom focus”.
Why? Because even though they can act as wonderfully helpful clues, symptoms can also seem like the most pressing issue to us. It is so easy for us to get caught up in surface symptoms without going deeper to address the root. The frustrating pain or the embarrassing skin issue drive us to go after a quick fix, and so we apply band-aids to cover up symptoms.
Those band-aids may look like Advil, antacids, statins, a birth control pill, or even more “natural” herbal remedies.
It’s not that those things are necessarily BAD, and I’m not against conventional treatments (many are life-saving and necessary). My problem is when certain treatments and medications, whether natural or conventional, are used to cover up a deeper and more complex issue.
To paraphrase Dr. Sidney Baker, a functional medicine doctor: “If you’re sitting on a tack, the solution is not to treat the pain with aspirin. The solution is to find the tack and remove it.”
But again, this is difficult to do, because it seems so much easier to just focus on the symptoms.
Think about it. What are you naturally most “pulled” to if you have hormonal imbalance (speaking from experience, here!): trying a promising “hormone balancing” herbal tea on Amazon that has a lot of great reviews, or digging under the surface to address gut issues, micronutrient deficiencies, and detoxification issues that are more than likely at the root of your ongoing hormonal imbalance?
Yeah, the tea sounds a lot easier.
Skirting around the root issues will eventually leave you depressed, frustrated, and feeling like “nothing works for you” (I also know this from experience)!
Getting to the root may feel overwhelming, but it can actually be freeing (and more cost-effective). Instead of researching every natural and conventional remedy on the market and driving yourself crazy, what if you started with the basics of what makes up a healthy human being: nutrient-dense food, quality sleep, stress-relief and self-care, safe movement, and fun?
If you’re still dealing with issues after addressing those basics, you can go from there, but always go back to what the root issue could be, and how you could best support your body in its basic functions.
And guess what? That previously mentioned herbal tea may actually be helpful for you, but only if used as a supplement as you’re dealing with the root cause of your imbalance.
To sum it up, I want to encourage you to act as a health investigator for your own health mystery. Keep peeling back the layers. Keep asking yourself “what’s causing this?…and what’s causing that?” until you find an answer. Don’t accept a band-aid.
Of course, this is also where health coaching comes into play! If you’re having trouble figuring out your health puzzle on your own, or if you’re lacking motivation and accountability, my passion as a health coach is to provide clarity and support. I would love to help you get back to the basics and find your unique root.