Creating Health, Are You Really Trying Hard Enough?

Today we are exposed to many different programs, supplements, medications, exercise program and diets that claim to be able to improve our health.  If you take on a health improvement program are you really trying hard enough, meaning are you giving the effort required to get results?

I believe I know the reason that most people fail or really struggle with improving their health, energy and vitality.  As a society we have tried to attach a quick fix solution to every single problem.  How many commercials do we see with “difficulty losing weight”, “are you depressed”, “do you have erectile dysfunction”, “do you have problems sleeping at night”; all of these problems come with a quick and easy solution which is usually some kind of prescription medication.  Quick fix!, is there anything really being fixed, is the root cause of the problem being corrected?

This brings me to the point of our we really trying hard enough to improve our health?  If we try and natural weight loss program and don’t lose 10 pounds in one week we get frustrated and end up quitting the program.  People who have chronic migraine headaches try natural strategies like food elimination diets and healthy supplements but if the headaches are completely gone in one week they quit and say it didn’t work.  Diabetics or people struggling with blood sugar might try eating more of a paleo or ketogenic diet to help regulate blood sugar, but doing so makes them feel a little bit grump or tired so they end of quitting after one week.

One week of not getting the desired results seems to be the max people can go before quitting.  How have people been so conditioned to expect quick fix miracles for serious chronic health problems that they may have been suffering with for 1, 5 or 10 plus years?  The headlines get us, the commercials get us; even if we have tried every other quick fix diet to lose weight and failed this new diet that Oprah or Dr. Oz is promoting is going to finally be the one that works!  Wrong, this diet did not meet your expectations so you quit after one week.  The stats show it, over 90% of people who do weight loss programs end up failing, meaning they gain all the weight back they lost plus some.

So why do we keep falling for this instant gratification type of health programs, systems or products?  Because they sound so good and so easy; they prey on our pain points, headaches, diabetes, chronic fatigue, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, erectile dysfunction, constipation or irritable bowel.  On TV commercials we hear a pain point  or symptom and shortly there after we hear a solution, we see how happy the patient is and how appreciative the doctor is; happily ever after right?  Wrong, how did we ever think that taking a medicine to feel better ever made us any healthier?  How can we ever deal with any of these pain points if we don’t correct the underlying cause of the problem.

Here are some common chronic health conditions, and an explanation on how complex they are and why quick fix just doesn’t cut it.

Weight Loss- this has to do with blood sugar regulation, diet modification, teaching the body to process good fats and protein instead of sugar, and good quality exercise.  Two things you need to lose weight: 1. You need to understand how the body works, digestion, metabolism, fat burning and fat storage and 2. You need to do a program long enough to correct the underlying issues.  Most people have been gaining weight for 10 plus years, you can’t reverse that in one week.

Headaches- whether it be a migraine or tension headache there can be several root causes such as food sensitivities, hormone imbalance, elimination issues, blood sugar dysfunction, stress, dehydration and other things.  This is why you can’t just take a pain pill to correct the root cause of a headache, that pill can’t take care of any of the above causes.

Reflux or Heart Burn- did you realize that your stomach is supposed to be pretty acidic, it actually produces hydrochloric acid to help with digestion and fending off bacteria, viruses and other pathogens.  The actual discomfort that one experiences with reflux is actually from food that is unable to be broken down in the gut; it produces lactic acid and this is what gives you symptoms.  So taking ant-acids may help you feel better, but by getting rid of the good acid in the gut you are unable to effectively break down and digest your food.  Unfortunately some people have been taking ant-acid medication for over 20 years; how do you think their digestive tract is doing?

In summary if you have a quick fix mentality you are not giving your body a chance to be healthy.  We need to get out of the mindset of winning, losing or quitting and embrace trying.  With winning, losing or quitting you have no chance at consistently good results.  There are too many ups and downs with winning or losing, you can’t win every time so when you lose you will be frustrated.  With quitting you are always losing and most likely you will start another diet, exercise program, or health improvement program and quit after a week of not getting the desired result.  Trying on the other hand does not guarantee success but at least you are taking action and moving in the right direction.  Trying means seeing how you body changes on a new diet after 1 week, 3 weeks, 2 months and beyond.  Trying means doing high intensity low impact exercises every day for 10 minutes, after 30 days doing it for 15 minutes and after a year teaching it to others.

Give the effort, don’t let anyone or anything get in your way and you will see amazing changes in your health, energy and vitality.