Me: Hi Mr/Mrs...any health concerns?
You: Nope. Healthy as a horse!
Me: Really? Well now let me rephrase that. How about any minor, irritating little health complaints you've been ignoring or just putting up with?
You: Oh well sure. Doesn't everybody? Let's see...heartburn, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, migraines, constipation, aches and pains...but that's just part of growing old, right?
I have this conversation with clients at least 10 times a day, maybe more. So why is this important? Why should this matter to you? Because it's the little things that accumulate into big things.
The big things are what make us lose control over our health and send us down the path of never-ending medications, revolving doctor's appointments and long surgical wait lists.
But it's the little things that are truly our window of opportunity, our warning signs to turn things around.
If you're a client of mine you know only too well the 'homework' I give you before we even meet – a full personal and family health history, diet journal and 300-question symptom analysis.
From there, when we first meet, we dig even deeper... right back to the day you were born. Believe it or not, this is entirely every client's key to success because the secret to attaining wellness is hidden within the depths of that story.
It is, in fact, the very foundation to functional nutritional therapy.
It is your story that provides Nutritional Therapy Practitioners with every clue they need to unravel the mystery within you. Just because one symptom lies at completely the opposite end of your body from another symptom, it does not mean they are not related.
Every system in the body works in symphony with every other system – they are all inter-related.
Would you believe something as innocuous as chronic heartburn can effect everything from arthritis to gradual loss of memory and dementia? Or that the rampant epidemic of plantar fasciitis could have everything to do with hormonal dysfunction and chronic low-lying inflammation?
If you're transfixed by your symptom without considering your whole story you're missing the big picture to your health.
I love the investigative journey I take with my clients, peeling back their layers and helping them make the connections to better health. But please know this journey is entirely dependent on each and every one of my clients becoming an active, thinking, questioning, researching, participant in their own health.
Begin that journey now before you're sitting in your doctor's office scrambling to remember the little details. The secret to wellness is completely within your control right now.
So, come on, let's get active!
Leanne is a certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Integrative Health Coach and Lead Instructor for NTA Australia/NewZealand. She hopes to change the health of future generations through loving support and knowledge. Find Leanne at purecorenourishment.com.au