The good news is that there are no alien babies.
How can you measure good health when you can’t see what is going on inside you?
It started with an ultrasound due to a clumsy yoga incident where I believed to have pulled a muscle in my abdomen. However, because I couldn’t be sure, and I have a history of digestive issues, I wanted to make sure an organ didn’t go rogue on me.
Ultrasound done. Check.
A few days later I got an email from the doctor saying my organs in that region looked fine, however, the ultrasound captured a part of my heart and it looks like I might have fluid surrounding it. The email then stated that this disease is called periocardimencephasnufalufagus and I need to get an echocardiogram.
So what is one to do when this kind of news comes via email? Yep, Dr. Google it! So I looked up periocardimencephasnufalufagus (OK, so it is really not called that, but something just as scary sounding).
During my Dr. Google research I discovered:
- symptoms include dizziness, shortness of breath, and sometimes death
- some people don’t even realize that they have this condition because they have no symptoms, and discover it “too late”
I fell into the no-symptom group, and then also fell into the trap of over-analyzing every single cough and “possible” dizzy spell. Did I only think I felt OK?
Echocardiogram done. Check.
The good news is that I don’t have alien babies growing inside of me, nor do I have fluid around the heart. My heart looked fine. It must have been a shadow or blip on the ultrasound scan.
This experience got me thinking. How can we really know if we are healthy when we can’t see what is going on the inside? What if I really had periocardimencephasnufalufagus and didn’t even know it until it was a major problem?
Unless you have external or obvious symptoms of inflammation in the body such as…
- acne, rosacea, or other skin conditions
- hair loss
- swollen glands (goiter)
- infertility issues (you can’t see your ovaries, but you sure do know you aren’t getting pregnant!)
- irritable bowels
… you really don’t know.
So what is the magic answer?
Prevention doesn’t guarantee 100% good health, but you sure do have a much better shot of keeping internal inflammation at bay by creating a supportive lifestyle.
- Eat REAL food, and foods that are high in vitamins and minerals in their whole form. Sorry, fortified, boxed mac-n-cheese does not count.
- Eat healthy and REAL fats. Hello avocado, nuts, seeds, and olives. You need these fats to successfully absorb the nutrients from the REAL food you will be eating.
- Manage your stress. Get help if needed with any emotional baggage that you are carrying around.
- Get the sugar out of your diet! Sugar is the #1 culprit that leads to chronic disease, weight gain, heart disease, and brain-based issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism. Start by reading labels on everything you buy.
- And good golly, reduce the amount of “whole grains” (that really aren’t that nutritious) you eat. Toast for breakfast. Sandwich for lunch. Pasta for dinner. Um, where’s the REAL food?