Your Health Journey Starts Here!

As a health practitioner with enormous faith in the body’s natural ability to maintain and heal itself, I am still surprised to find how many people don’t recognise illness or unwellness in its early stages, when the problems are small and easily taken care of. Instead, they wait until their condition interferes with their lifestyle, or causes significant distress, then rush to the health practitioner looking for answers.

Most people, including most doctors, only pay attention to health after illness has set in. This is really the worst time to do it, because by that time, many things have gone wrong inside the body. By the time they get your attention, symptoms can occur far away from the source of the problem, so you might, for example, get heart palpitations when the real problem is infection deep within your gums.
To know that you are not healthy, you must first have an idea of what it is to be healthy.
So what is health?
Health is a state of homeostasis or balance. Changes occur in the body as part of everyday life, then things settle down. Tissues are damaged or worn out, and are repaired or replaced. Hormones and other chemicals are rushed to parts of the body where they are needed, then they are eliminated safely when they have done their work. The body corrects or eliminates some problems with a temporary fever, inflammation or brief illness, then brings itself back to a healthful condition. All this happens quite naturally in a healthy body, without any conscious effort on your part. In an unhealthy body, the balance is not restored, and small changes grow into problems.
A healthy body can easily recover from negative influences, such as stress, illness or normal amounts of toxins. If your body is not able to regain its balance or cope with outside influences, the result is illness or disease. Sometimes, the body eventually recovers without assistance, though soemetimes, even a healthy body needs our assistance to bring it back into balance. An unhealthy body, on the other hand, will not bounce back or recover on its own.
Health is a state of balance between body and mind.Your thoughts and feelings have a profound effect on your physical health, and the other way around. If the mind is out of balance – too stressed, overly negative, or carrying harmful beliefs (such as ‘I’m a sickly person’, ‘Illness is an inevitable part of aging’, or ‘I don’tdeserve happiness’) – then the body falls out of balance, and illness occurs. If you are often unhappy, depressed, anxious or angry, you can be sure that either something is out of balance in your body, or soon will be, so you should seek help.
What Must You Do to Be Healthy?
If you want to achieve glowing health with energy to spare, and maintain your vitality and wellbeing well into old age, you and your health practitioner must do three things:
1.   Recognise unwellness and identify just what is preventing you from healing naturally
2.   Remove the obstacles to your healing that so your body can get back onto its natural healing path
3.   Maintain health by supporting and strengthening your body’s natural healing and recovery processes, and protect it from harmful influences.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But even the first step can be quite a challenge.
For one thing, illness and dis-ease can arise from many different causes, and those causes are often hidden, or may seem to have nothing at all to do with your problems. Even after a diagnosis is made, it often requires great persistence, open-mindedness, and good powers of observation to finally pinpoint just what’s causing the problems.
For example, allergies and sensitivities can go unrecognized for decades of a person’s life because no one has recognized the link between symptoms such as irritability, digestive problems, or immune malfunction, and food or chemical allergies. The implications of this can be enormous.
On the other hand, it may only take the decision to find out what’s wrong to open your eyes to problems that you never noticed or just accepted as part of life or growing older, such as sudden mood swings, bloating, or aches and pains.
Start From Here…..Where is Here?
To begin the wellness journey, you must know where you are at now (experiencing symptoms of unwellness), and where you want to be (without those symptoms and feeling radiantly healthy). In other words, before you actually begin the wellness journey, you must first identify your starting point and your destination. The destination may change over time, but without a clear sense of direction and a target, you and your health practitioner might as well be shooting in the dark.
This preliminary stage can require a lot of patience. The symptoms that force you to seek professional help are often just the tail end of the development of illness, which could have been going on for years, unnoticed. People can be very astute concerning their own health, but for persistent problems, it usually takes the help of an experienced health practitioner to uncover the real, and often, multiple causes. A good practitioner will draw on the patient’s own observations and history as well as testing and other diagnostic tools.
For example, even if you already know you have allergies, you will need testing to identify exactly what substances are causing your allergic reactions. I find that many people are allergic or sensitive to more substances that they realise because many allergies are ‘hidden’. That is, the symptoms can occur many hours or even days after contact with the allergenic food, chemical or substance, so the person never associates the allergen with the symptom. Many food allergies are of this kind.
Once you know where you are now, your course of action will depend largely on your chosen destination: whether you just want to relieve your symptoms or correct the underlying causes, or also build future resistance to disease and illness, or achieve the kind of health that also prolongs youthfulness, enhances your natural beauty, and gives you loads of energy to live a full, active, joyful life.
At the Beyond Good Health Centre for Wellbeing and Longevity, we believe that you, not your health practitioner, should choose your destination. We’ll do all we can to help you get there. All we ask is that once you and your practitioner have agreed on your health goals, you take the steps needed to get you there. That takes a commitment to yourself. Aren’t you worth it?
For more information about Beyond Good Health’s totally natural health programs and services, visit www.beyondgoodhealth.com.au.