May 11


Conquering Illness – Item #2

By Sue Ingebretson

May 11, 2010

allergies, digestion, Food intolerances

Click here to read the original post for the Top Five Ways to Conquer Chronic Illness:

As promised, over the next several weeks, we’ll look at these items individually. Here’s item #2:

2)  Become your own health detective. Find out what’s buggin’ you. What works against you from the inside (allergies/intolerances/toxins)? What works against you from the outside (toxins, etc.)?

It sounds tougher than it is. Becoming your own health detective doesn’t take any special skills, equipment, or even a Sherlock Holmes cloak. All it takes is a bit of self-awareness and tenacity. Learn to read your own cues. Pay attention to what foods bother your digestive system. Take notes on when this happens and how often. Food allergies and intolerances can present other symptoms as well. Sniffles, rashes, mental fogginess, wheezing, headaches, and even bad breath and body odor can result from foods that don’t “agree with” you. A little personal sleuthing should help you narrow down the offending food groups.

Also, be aware of what scents or smells affect you negatively. Are you bothered by candles, air fresheners, detergents, and cleaners? What about your skin care products? Learn to be choosey about your surroundings. From chapstick to dishsoap, you’re the only one who can discern what’s best for you.

Becoming your own health detective is more than simply taking a passing interest in your personal wellness. It might just turn out to be the best career move of your life.

  1. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  2. I enjoyed your insight on being our own detective as I diagnosed myself with GERD 14 years ago, while doctors were treating me for anxiety! We are our best when we listen to that voice within and follow our instincts! Thank you for sharing your experiences !

  3. I have just finished reading your FIbroWHYalgia book and all I can say is a big, huge THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. P.S. — I think you should extract the dietary part of your book and publish it for the general population! It is definitely helpful for fibro sufferers to be aware and eat healthier, but I think anyone following your dietary advice and guidelines would find themselves feeling better and healthier. American society as a whole NEEDS to read this and make drastic changes to our diet and lifestyle!

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