Your Body’s Natural Intelligence: What Is it and How Does it Work?
Did you know that taking good care of your body is like any other relationship? If you learn how to listen instead of always talking and expecting rote responses, you will find it much easier to be happy and healthy. In this case, listening to your body’s natural intelligence may be your hidden key to enjoying good health and wellness.
What Is Innate Body Intelligence?
At the simplest level, innate body intelligence is a series of hardwired responses that your body uses to maintain or regain optimal function. In the vast majority of people, these responses and activities are beyond the limit of strict conscious control.
For example, your heart speeds up or slows down automatically in response to physiological needs. By the same token, your body fights off invasive pathogens and carries out billions of other tasks without you having to think about how to carry them out, let alone try to optimize or control them.
It can be said that in the modern world we take innate body intelligence for granted even as we constantly seek to control it and modify it based on data gathered via conscious processes. As we can see in many situations, the conscious decisions that we make to override innate body intelligence aren’t always good ones.
For example, if you buy a toxin-filled shampoo based on a tantalizing advertisement, it won’t change the fact that you will get sick. No matter how you try to override signals sent from innate body intelligence with drugs, chemicals, emotions, or a focus on conscious thought, in the end, you will be forced to listen and comply with the demands of innate body intelligence.
Key Signals Your Body Uses to Tell You Something is Wrong
Consider a situation where you love chocolate. Perhaps, in the past, you were able to consume just about any kind of chocolate without feeling sick because the ingredients were agreeable to good health.
Now let’s say over the years your favorite candy bar was changed to include hidden lead and mercury contaminants. No doubt, your body will protest loudly no matter how much you may still enjoy the taste of that chocolate bar.
Here are some ways that your innate body intelligence will attempt to tell you something is wrong. Invariably, the less you listen, or the more severe the damage, the more intense the signals will become:
- Pain – from putting your hand on a hot surface to an internal infection out of control, you will more than likely feel pain. You should never ignore pain regardless of how much you want to pursue some other activity. Once you solve the underlying problem, the pain will go away unless you also have neurological damage. Even though this damage may take more time to resolve, it will do so once the underlying trauma has been addressed.
- Anxiety, stress, or other mental discomforts – just because you don’t feel physical pain, that doesn’t mean something isn’t wrong at the cellular level. Improperly formed proteins, toxins, carcinogenic chemicals, and many other things can be causing a state of unease even though standard tests don’t reveal a particular cause. For example, if you feel more stressed out when you eat meat, don’t be surprised if you have consumed hormones or harmful chemicals via the meat that are doing hidden damage to your body. If avoiding certain foods or exposure to certain environments and products makes you feel better, then listen to your body and record your observations. No matter whether the truth comes out in one year or decades, your body always knows the answers in real time.
- Tiredness, reduced stamina, and other signs of poor energy flow – EMF and many other pollutants will cause you to feel drained and at an energetic loss even though modern doctors won’t find anything “wrong”. Once again, your cells are carrying out billions of processes that may not even be recognized by modern researchers, let alone understood within the context of a whole body. As a result, it will do no good to deny these clear indicators of somatic distress just because there doesn’t seem to be a “scientific” answer.
- Direct organ or somatic distress – nausea, gastric complaints, headaches, sinus congestion, allergic reactions, skin breakdown, abnormal growths, and unhealthy hair are just a few signals that your body’s natural intelligence will use to try and get your attention. Unfortunately, by the time these not-so-subtle signals appear, it is all too easy to try using drugs or other crutches rather than actually listen to these signals and try to understand what they are saying about the underlying problem.
Allopathic vs. Alternative Medical Views of the Body’s Natural Intelligence
While doctors may not talk much about the body’s natural intelligence, it is clear enough they subvert it at every turn with medicines.
For example, if you have a sprained wrist, they will give you painkillers right along with the anti-inflammatories and splints that are supposed to speed up healing for the injured area. By the same token, they may give you a diet sheet to help relieve gastritis, diabetes, and other somatic distress signals, but they will focus more on drugs that appear to make the initial symptoms go away.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that failure to address what these somatic distress signals are trying to reveal only leads to more illness. Even though there are some places where modern medicine can, and does address direct distress symptoms from the body’s natural intelligence, there are many other places where these signals can be misread as “disease”, or even completely misdiagnosed “diseases”.
Unfortunately, while all this is going on, your cellular system may be driven more and more out of optimal balance by environmental and lifestyle factors that need to be addressed with useful changes.
In general, alternative medicine practitioners will use different tests and methodologies to arrive at an understanding of how your body is working, and then address issues from the point of view of a deficiency or imbalance. They will look for information about electrical signals, chemical interactions, emotional patterns, and physical cues that reveal what your innate body intelligence is trying to say.
For example, if you have a low magnesium level in your sweat, it may not match your blood serum levels. Since allopathic doctors don’t perform sweat analysis, they may not recognize the reduced magnesium levels in body tissue as being linked to the cause of your diabetes. Instead, they will call diabetes the disease and use insulin-sensitizing drugs or something else that won’t impact the magnesium-based issue. This, in turn, will only lead to more illness and an increased need for diabetes drugs.
An alternative medicine practitioner will work to resolve the magnesium problem, which will lead to a return to optimal blood sugar levels. Once the magnesium problem is solved, you could say that your innate body intelligence will no longer need to send distress signals on this particular matter unless something else occurs to create a lack or deficiency.
How to Use Your Body’s Natural Intelligence to Encourage the Healing Process
These days, it can be very hard to hear the signals from your natural body intelligence, let alone interpret them correctly and take actions to maintain good health or restore it. Here are some basic guidelines that you can try:
- Take a few quiet moments each day to actively feel for subtle signals from your body. Do you feel nauseous as soon as you relax? Is there a building headache you are trying to ignore?
- If you find a distress signal, try to find out what is causing it. Keep a food and travel journal with good notes on what you experienced. For example, did you notice a particular odor that made you feel stressed, dizzy, or drained? Even though it may be several hours later, the headache you are staving off may still be caused by exposure to that particular chemical.
Seek to test from an alternative medical practitioner and see what emerges.
- Educate yourself about the impact of prescription and OTC drugs, herbal remedies, and food additives. In particular, find out if these items reduce absorption of vital minerals, or if they disrupt important cellular processes.
- Take steps to eliminate pollution, toxins, and other stressors to see if it leads to an improvement.
- Do what gives you a tangible sense of well being. Never forget that there are addictive mental, emotional and social practices just as there are addictive drugs and foods. These can all generate conflicting signals that will hide your innate body intelligence from your conscious perception. Go back to at least one time when you felt fully grounded, healthy, and filled with a sense of well being. This will help you discern false “wellness” from the real thing.
- At each stage, always listen to the subtle signals that your body is constantly sending, and make an effort to understand what they mean so that you can address problems.
Contrary to the beliefs of many, your body has a natural intelligence that enables it to communicate clearly with you. You can use that information to promote healing and engage in wellness activities without having to directly control the underlying processes. As always, working with your body instead of denying its signals or opposing it will always be to your advantage.
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