Is a Lack of Sickness Health?

I have been working on my overall health through diet these last 6 months. I still have a long way to go. One thing I have noticed is that I seem to be more sensitive to things.

While I am not on any specific diet, I am mostly eating food I have cooked (from scratch) at home. I notice that when I go to certain restaurants that I often patronized that I now get sick. I would think that eating better would mean that I would get sick less easily. However, after thinking about it, I have concluded that this just means my immune system is stronger.

My suspicion is that these restaurants use MSG in a lot of their foods. I never really reacted to MSG before but now I think I do. I think this is because before I had so many other toxins in my body that it didn’t have the ability to react. Now that I my body is used to healthier food, I believe it’s reacting to additives that it didn’t react to before. My body now recognizes and counts on healthy food and reacts when it doesn’t get that. Additionally, I feel my immune system is stronger and it can now mount a response to something that can harm it.

Next time you feel ill, consider what might happen if your body wasn’t able to mount an immune response. Listen to the signals about what you need. It’s probably rest. Take as much time as you can. Remember, you can’t always avoid sickness. When you can’t, the nasty immune symptom response (the runny nose, the watery eyes, the vomiting) are your body’s way of getting rid of the illness. Consider letting it do it’s work rather than suppressing it. Keep hydrated and get lots of rest.

Of course, if you really feel horrible don’t hesitate to consult a healthcare provider but remember–the nasty symptoms are actually your body working the way it’s supposed to.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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