I have learned to be my own health advocate through the pure determination to get to the root of my own health challenges that no one seemed to have the answer to. My journey may be similar to yours, or it may be that you have not put much thought into what it means to be your own health advocate. Either way, by learning this vitally important skill, you will become more empowered in managing your health which can change your life. You will fine tune your eyes, your ears and develop a razor sharp intuition to better understand your body’s needs, know what to do to help yourself, and how to communicate more effectively with your doctor(s).
First and foremost, it is important to know that being your own advocate is NOT self-diagnosing and self-treating anything that warrants medical attention. What it IS, is being more engaged in your health and have a sense of when something is not quite right and doing something about it. By recognizing the signs of dis-ease early on, you may be able to prevent a bigger problem in the future. Of course there are always contradictions to this, but for the most part, it is always best to address/treat symptoms as quickly as possible. And, this also does not mean obsessing about every little nuance of your body, but it does mean you are now tuning in to any trends (maybe even for the first time) to recognize what your body responds well to, and what it doesn’t. EUREKA!!
Fine Tuning YOUR Channel
I’ve always been a firm believer in the simple rule of “cause and effect.” Once you begin to be more focused on your body, you will soon see how easy and effective this is for improving your health. How do you become more focused? By being aware of the subtle signs that your body is not happy and is somehow out of balance, causing unpleasant symptoms. Your body is ALWAYS trying to communicate with you, but it’s our job to pay attention. Sometimes, if we wait until it starts screaming, we’ve waited too long. For example, if you are thirsty, you are likely already at the point of dehydration, which is a much bigger health problem than people realize. A study in 2013 found that 75 percent of participants were chronically dehydrated, which can cause headaches, joint pain, fatigue, dizziness, mood changes and more. And over time, more serious health conditions can develop. A basic rule of thumb is to drink 50% of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150lbs, you should drink 75 ounces of water per day. Exceptions to this are if you have kidney disease or congestive heart failure, in which case your doctor will provide guidelines for water intake.
While this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to being an advocate for your own health, there is SO much more. This is a topic I am incredibly passionate about and have experienced the benefits first hand. If you’re already a member, watch for an upcoming video. If not, Join My Health Coach Robyn today to find out how to become your healthiest self with bi-weekly wellness tutorials, educational materials, discounts on live events and much more!