Years ago when I first began my holistic health coaching practice, I was surprised at how many life-threatening conditions can be averted simply by listening to what the client’s body is saying and then making appropriate diet and lifestyle adjustments.
Here’s a good example.
I had a client who was in her mid thirties and about 50 pounds overweight. On her client intake form, she noted that she was suffering with chronic constipation.
When I asked how often she had a bowel movement she said, “Usually, I go about once every 10-14 days.”
I was shocked!
She was worried about her weight, but I was more concerned about her long-term health and inability to detox her system on a daily basis. When the bowels do not move, toxins and waste slowly get reabsorbed back into the body.
Constipation may seem innocuous but it is a dangerous symptom that can eventually lead to colon cancer and other cancers.
Instead of focusing on her weight, I knew if we got her colon and body functioning the way it’s designed, she would begin having daily bowel movements and that would start the process of natural weight loss (at least on the physical level). The emotional connection to her weight was something we addressed after she altered her diet and lifestyle.
With a few simple tweaks to her daily diet and habits, within two weeks, she began going to the bathroom every 2-3 days. Progress! As she began releasing her bowels normally, her weight started to shift in a healthier direction, and more importantly, she potentially averted a health disaster in the future.
Sadly, one of my dearest childhood friends was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at the young age of 50. When I visited her at the hospital, she told me that she suffered with chronic constipation her whole life. It breaks my heart to see people suffering with preventable diseases.
According to the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, only 5%-10% of all cancers are hereditary. The remaining 90-95% are preventable using diet and lifestyle adjustments.
To begin creating a successful healing protocol for any condition, we need to understand what the body is saying through its many symptoms:
- Is it congested?
- Is it deficient?
- Is it cold?
- Is it hot?
- Is it sluggish?
- Is it in a state of excess?
- Is it dry?
- Is it damp?
Once we figure out what is going on with the bodily systems, we can then apply specific food, herbs and lifestyle modifications to get that body functioning optimally again.
This is ancient healing wisdom.
The human body is perfectly designed, and speaks loudly to us when it is not working well.
My job, as a Masterful Health coach, is to become aware of what the body is saying through its internal discomfort and various symptoms, and appropriately address the underlying issues to start a truly holistic healing process.
This is true preventative healthcare, and you do not need lab tests or x-rays to uncover what the body is saying.
Most modern medical protocols STOP bodily symptoms with medication or worse yet, remove an organ or gland. This is akin to killing the messenger! This type of treatment never gets to the root cause of an imbalance, and keeps patients stuck in a dysfunctional medical system taking medication after medication, or succumbing to multiple surgeries, and still not finding relief or achieving vibrant health.
There is certainly a time and place for medication and surgery when dealing with acute problems and trauma, but NOT in creating prevention and healing protocols.
This is where health coaches and wellness practitioners excel.
This is a new age of healthcare, and it’s needed now more than ever in the world.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.