How are you feeling about your current health status?

Perhaps you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Are you suffering from diabetes, arthritis, or joint pain? Maybe its digestive issues, heartburn, bloating, gas, constipation, or weight issues. If you identify with any of the previous, you might be what I like to call “functionally ill.” Functionally ill individuals perform all of their daily tasks but they suffer from many of the complaints I just listed. We often make up excuses or find ways to rationalize why we feel so lousy.

As a country, we spend billions of dollars annually on health and weight loss, and yet we still feel lousy, in spite of all the doctors we visit and the sophisticated medical equipment they use. We spend more on medical care than any other nation in the world, yet according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems, neither Canada nor the United States ranks in the top 25. Many of us go to our doctor with complaints and are given a drug that never really fixes the problem. The symptoms may be gone but the drug we are given could be hard for our liver to eliminate and eventually cause more problems.

So how did we get to feeling so lousy? Each year, we consume about four pounds of chemical preservatives and additives. What happens to these chemicals and additives? If you are like most people, you assume our body just processes them. Most people never consider what happens if our body does not break down or eliminate these chemicals.

Our digestive system suffers greatly because of the diet most of us are eating. A lot of us eat processed and packaged foods like bread, dairy, meat, fast foods, fried foods, fatty foods, cake, candy, and ice cream, which are loaded with chemical preservatives and additives. Food affects our cells; it either nourishes them or damages them. This can lead to disease.

The four stages of disease are: (1) Poor digestion; (2) Sluggish liver; (3) Poor elimination; (4) Weakened immune system.

If you burp after meals, have stomachaches, indigestion, heartburn, or reflux, and suffer from constipation, diarrhea or allergies, you may have trouble with your stomach and digestion.

If you experience hormonal imbalances, suffer from moodiness, irritability or confusion, have high cholesterol, PMS, frequent headaches, bad breath, constipation or diarrhea, you may have a sluggish liver.

If you experience chronic constipation or diarrhea, are bloated, overweight, have regular gas, chronic lower-back pain, frequent headaches, abnormal cravings for food, skin problems like rashes and acne, you may have poor elimination.

If you experience brain fog, suffer from itchy, watery eyes, allergies, hot flashes or overheating, frequent headaches, bags or dark circles under your eyes, and frequently feel depressed or experience low energy, you may have a weakened immune system.

So how do you know where to begin? To get healthy, you must first identify what is hindering your health or holding you back. There are no quick fixes, at least not lasting ones. The body has the full potential to repair itself when given the correct nutritional regimen. Nutritional deficiencies cause organ dysfunction, which can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, skin rashes like eczema, depression, or other symptoms. Generally, chronic health problems do not suddenly develop overnight. These take a long time, often years of improper diet, causing nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, as well as environmental influences to get you into the health condition you are currently experiencing.

At Advanced Chiropractic and Nutritional Healing Center, we use a technique called Nutrition Response Testing® (NRT). It is a non-invasive way of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of ill or non-optimum health. NRT allows us to identify nutritional deficiencies. All of our programs are safe for children, elderly and everyone in between. Supporting the body’s effort to keep itself healthy and running efficiently is not difficult, but it will take some unlearning of wrong concepts and learning some correct ones. Find out if you are a NRT case. Call our office 240-651-1650 or attend one of our free nutritional seminars, held on rotating Tuesdays and Thursdays, featuring a drawing for a free footbath detox at every seminar. The center is located at 7310 Grove Road in Frederick.

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