Our bodies are complex mechanisms with tremendous capabilities. As we grow in consciousness, we can create a deeper communion with the needs of our bodies to improve our quality of life. There are several systems that we should be aware of, so that we can become more in tune with the alerts of our systems.

1. Energy

Energy levels are a massive marker of overall health. When you wake up in the morning, how do you feel? Are you sluggish in the afternoons? Do you live off of stimulants?

The body is naturally supposed to be lively and bright, but our diets and lifestyles tend to be very draining of our natural energy. This includes consumption of processed foods, stress, poor sleep, and lack of exercise.

Poor energy can also be a symptom of adrenal fatigue. Misunderstood and largely overlooked, adrenal fatigue can cause anything from bags under the eyes to stomach issues to depression. To nourish your adrenal glands and energy levels, try using proper stress management techniques, eating grounding and calming foods, and drinking lots of water.

2. Sleep

The quality of our sleep is hugely telling in the overall quality of our health. The number of hours is less important to note than the quality and consistency of sleep. Are you dozing off easily, sleeping through the night, and resting peacefully? Do you wake up feeling groggy and exhausted, or restored?

Magnesium, calcium and potassium are all nutrients that will help support your sleep. They relax our muscles and contribute to deep-wave restorative sleep. Creating an evening routine is also an excellent way to improve your sleep. This may involve drinking a cup of tea, writing a gratitude list, stretching, or reading quietly. Whatever suits you, find something to do every night that helps set your body and mind in the space to wind down and prepare to sleep.

3. Bowel movements

Going to the bathroom every morning is essential in having a clean and healthy system. You should not need a coffee to activate your bowels, and it should be a natural and comfortable function of your body. To better understand your poops, check this infographic:

Getting enough fiber from our diets helps improve this process, as does drinking lots of clean and pure water.

4. Eyes, nose, and mouth

When you wake up in the morning, take a close look at your face, it can tell you a lot. Your eyes should be clear and white. A yellowish color suggests toxin buildup, and if they’re red or inflamed they’re suggesting exhaustion or stress.

Your nasal passages should be relatively clear in the morning. If you have excessive mucus, it could be due to a potential allergen in your diet, eating too late at night, or not having enough water.

Our mouths are an excellent indicator for overall health. Canker sores suggest too much stress or not enough sleep. The inside of your mouth and tongue should be pink in color. If it’s bright read, it means your system is inflamed. To reduce this, try alkalizing your diet with kale, celery, water, lemons and grapefruit.

When we learn to listen to signals from our body, we need less to run to the doctor or drug store at every ailment, and get more efficient at giving ourselves what we need. If you’re experiencing troubles in any of these areas, there are a few good places to start in helping them all. These include drinking water, reducing sugar, taking probiotics, increasing fruit and veggie intake, and getting thirty minutes of exercise at least four days a week. Paying attention to your body will improve every area of your life, and help your body to thrive.

Photo by By Thomas Lefebvre

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