We live in an “instant gratification” type of society:
- Thanks to microwaves, we can have complete meals ready in 5 minutes or less.
- Social media allows for news to be transmitted instantaneously around the world.
- Products ordered online are expected to be delivered to our homes within 24-36 hours.
- Text messages and email can be responded to within minutes.
There are many examples of instant gratification, but we must be wary of instant gratification when it comes to our health.
No Time To Be Sick
Quite frankly, no one wants to be sick, nor do we have the time to be sick. As a result, we want to take something that makes us feel better quickly. This is another form of instant gratification, but it may be doing more harm than good.
When it comes to our health, we are conditioned to treat the symptom, not really getting to the root cause of the ailment. This approach can cause two problems:
- We never find out what’s actually bothering us;
- We may be taking the wrong meds.
How many people have been taking meds for YEARS and still have the same medical condition? There are several health issues where a person can be taking OTC or prescribed medications for an extended period of time, and still have the same health issues as the day they started:
- Allergy meds
- High blood pressure pills
- Pain relievers
- Weight loss products
Instead of just taking medication to feel better that only treat the symptom, ask yourself “why” you’re taking them at least 2 times:
High Blood Pressure.
- Why do you have high blood pressure? I eat too many sweets and fast foods.
- Why are you eating the wrong foods? They make me feel good.
- Why do they make you feel good? They are my comfort food.
- Why do you need comfort food? Because I’m stressed.
- Why are you stressed? I need to make more money, unhappy with job, family issues, etc.
In this case, one factor for their having high blood pressure is stress. If a person can determine what’s causing their stress and remove that stress or learn more effective ways to treat it, maybe that can help them lower their blood pressure and stop having to take blood pressure meds.
- Why are you gaining weight? Because I eat too much.
- Why do you eat too much? Because I like to snack.
- Why are you snacking? Because I sit in front of a computer all day and I get bored.
- Why are you bored? I don’t know. Nothing excites me.
In this instance, they know if they stop snacking they could lose weight. But the key is to determine why they are snacking in the first place, which is because of boredom. If they aren’t bored, maybe they won’t snack, which could mean less weight gained. The key here is to find something that gets them excited and something to look forward to.
Find Your “Why”
This is just a small example of attempting to get to the root cause of the problem. You can ask these same questions for many types of health issues, such as for back pain, depression, high cholesterol, etc. Instead of taking medication to feel better or looking at the surface symptom, dig a little deeper.
Even nutrient deficiencies can be misdiagnosed. Did you know the common cold and gluten sensitivity have all been linked to a vitamin D deficiency? Or a poor appetite has been linked to an iron deficiency?
How many people are taking meds for something that can be treated with something other than medication?
To see a previous article on nutrient deficiencies, click HERE.
Find out why things are the way they are. You must get to the source:
The above are simple examples, but they can help a person change their mindset about what’s bothering them and find better ways to treat them. We are all different, so what bothers one may not affect the other. The key is to focus on you and not anyone else.
Call to Action
What is ailing you? Do you have insomnia? Don’t just take sleep meds, ask yourself why you can’t sleep. Can’t turn off your brain? Why is that? These extra questions can help you find the answers you need.
Unfortunately, modern medicine focuses almost exclusively on the symptom of your ailment, but you don’t have to. By asking yourself the right questions, you could be one step closer to having the good health you desire.
It’s time we work on being the best we can be. That means to work on all aspects of our lives. Get more tips in my books The Three Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Fitness and The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips For Hard Working Professionals. Available on Amazon.
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