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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.